Warriors forward Draymond Green continues to forge his post-career path as he continues his playing career.
On Thursday, January 27, Turner Sports and NBA on TNT announced that the three-time NBA champion has signed a first-of-its-kind deal to join as a contributor to TNT’s “Inside the NBA,” the Emmy Award-winning. Winning show featuring Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.
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In addition to “Inside the NBA,” Green will appear on Bleacher Report shows.
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The triple NBA champion will contribute to Inside the NBA as an active player in a first-of-its-kind deal 👏🏿 pic.twitter.com/wXdIkq1ao2
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The announcement has sparked speculation that following his retirement from the NBA, Green could succeed Barkley, who joined the team before the 2000-01 season.
While retirement isn’t necessarily on the horizon for the 31-year-old Green, it looks like Barkley’s spot on the panel will open sooner rather than later.
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Barkley recently spoke about his future during an appearance on The ETCs Podcast with Kevin Durant and Eddie Gonzalez, saying, “I’m 58 years old. I want to work until I’m 60. But I don’t want to be working until the day I die. I want to enjoy all this damn hard work I do.”
Green is no stranger to the media space, having weighed in as a member of the “Inside the NBA” panel several times in the past.
In 2020, Green began hosting “Chips,” an interview series for Bleacher Report, and in 2023 launched “The Draymond Green Show,” a podcast hosted by The Volume. In 2023, Green began hosting “Throwing Bones”, a game show on Uninterrupted in which various celebrities join Green to play a game of dominoes.
A natural in the media space, Green’s leap to serve as an active player analyst on a critically acclaimed NBA show is a perfect fit.
It will be fun to see where it goes from here.