Warriors Legend Hops On Charles Barkley’s Bandwagon as Draymond Green’s Suspension Adds to Team’s List of Troubles

Published 12/14/2023, 10:15 PM EST

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For 12 seasons, this Warriors legend helped the franchise to several deep playoff runs, forming a strong partnership with Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway. However, the 2x Olympic Gold Medalist believes that the same chemistry is lacking in the current Golden State roster. Chris Mullin is not exactly repeating Charles Barkley but it sounds like it.

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The DubNation legend was honest about the state of his former team after the recent incidents surrounding Draymond Green. He believes the Golden State Warriors roster is a house divided. He’s less harsh than Chuck when he wants the two halves of the team to work together.

Barkley calls the Warriors roster elderly outright. Mullin shows his agreement in a different way. “For much of these first 20 games, it seems like there’s been two different teams. There’s been the veterans and the young guys,” Mullin said following Draymond Green’s suspension.

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Mullin played with the Warriors from 1985 to 1997. After a stint with the Pacers, he returned for the 2000-01 season to retire as a Warrior. He hopes that the younger players like Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis would get the opportunity to do the “sprinting” and “the grunt work.” He especially believes the younger players could “do all the stuff that the veterans are not up to do in each and every possession and the stats will come.

Chris Mullins further expressed his wish that the Warriors would strategize the rotation better to strike a balance between the veterans and the younger pros.

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Putting them together… might just be the blessing in disguise where the young guys mesh with the vets and you can find some magic.” Mullins just said the same thing as the Chuckster. Just more nicely.

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The Phoenix Suns legend having a good word about the Warriors is less than likely. Though he claims to like Draymond Green, he’s disappointed in his erratic actions. But his criticism of the team has primarily revolved around the veterans.

His opinions about them range from Golden State being “cooked” to declaring them last among all the teams in California.

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His reasoning is, “old people don’t get better, they just get older.” When am elderly fan collapsed during a game, Barkley quipped, “The lady is about the same age as the Warriors.” 

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As he said, the team’s stars aren’t spring chickens on the northside of 30. But unlike Mullin, Chuck didn’t provide a solution to make it work. We’ll have to see if Golden State listens to one of its best veteran’s advice and balance their rotation.

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Caroline John

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I was 7 when I saw 'Space Jam' but didn't know till the third rewatch the lead actor is actually a living basketball legend. It was while studying journalism that my friend would go on about the Warriors from Golden State. Keen on athletes' personas outside their arenas, it was Stephen Curry's confidence and philanthropy that drew me to follow the news on NBA pros and explore sports media.
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