HoopsHype Matt Barnes rumors

October 29, 2014 Updates

"Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan says a reconciliation with L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes is NOT out of the question ... telling TMZ Sports the split with her estranged hubby is "definitely amicable." We broke the story ... Matt separated from Gloria earlier this summer with sources telling us "trust issues" played a part in the split. ? So far, neither Matt nor Gloria have filed for divorce. TMZ.com

October 23, 2014 Updates

Heading into Wednesday’s game with Phoenix, Barnes is shooting 9.7 percent from the field (3for 31) and 5.6 percent from 3-point range (1 for 18) this preseason. “It’s just a rough stretch. Luckily, it’s only the preseason,” Barnes said last week. “Doc said he’s trying to figure out the starting lineup. He said he wants to bring me off the bench; I want to come off the bench. It’s just a matter of finding a rhythm, clearing my mind and playing basketball. “… It’s a process. I know I can play. It’s just a matter of finding my rhythm, finding my niche coming off the bench with the second unit.” Orange County Register

Barnes, instead, is surrounded by chaos. It has followed him “from the jump” in his life, and right now, with his on-court game struggling and off-court life in the tabloids, peace couldn’t be farther away. The gossip site TMZ is reporting about his split with wife Gloria Govan. (“Going through a divorce is never easy,” Barnes said. “But, my life has always been hectic.”) His spot in the starting lineup is at serious risk, and his on-court play has been a disaster in the preseason’s first five games. Orange County Register

October 16, 2014 Updates

Barnes showed up in shorts, a white tank top and his usual array of tattoos, prompting quizzical looks. But he quickly made friends and even received a few pointers from his more seasoned classmates. His yoga and an improved diet that involved eating heartier but smarter helped Barnes lose 18 pounds. At 210 pounds, the veteran of 11 NBA seasons is the lightest he's been since he was a junior in high school. He will probably still play the heavy in any on-court scrapes involving his teammates, but Barnes knew he was reaching the point of his career in which he needed to carry less weight and improve his flexibility. Los Angeles Times

October 7, 2014 Updates

During the offseason, the tattooed enforcer opted for a more spiritual route. He started practicing yoga. "I wish it could have been filmed," he said during Clippers' media day Monday. "I went to a weird yoga class. It was all ladies that were 45 to 60 and I’m in there with a wife beater on and tattoos and my shorts, and these ladies were like, ‘Are you lost?'" Los Angeles Times

Barnes said yoga helped him take off 20 pounds. "Right now I weigh 210 pounds," he said. "I haven’t weighed 210 pounds since 10th grade or 11th grade." Los Angeles Times

September 29, 2014 Updates
August 24, 2014 Updates

Then I would like to say thanks to his beautiful wife, Tori, for sharing him with all of his fans and letting him play a game of basketball for the great city of Seattle at the pro-am on this weekend! Most guys would be lucky to play a game of basketball a week after getting married but Jamal’s wife let him and his friends – Chris Paul, Nate Robinson, LaMarcus Aldridge, Matt Barnes, Tony Wroten, Isaiah Thomas, Dejounte Murray, Wale, Will Conroy – have a pick-up game…at midnight…in front of a few thousand people! That’s love. From wife to husband, husband to fans, fans to the city. It was all love in Seattle last night. Just in case you were wondering who won. Chris Paul’s team beat Crawford’s 136-129 BallIsLife.com

August 18, 2014 Updates

Barnes and his teammates found themselves in the center of a media frenzy and, although they debated to protest and not play until Sterling's punishment was handed down, they decided to let the NBA and new Commissioner Adam Silver deal with Sterling and they would play. That decision didn't come easily, as head coach Doc Rivers and his players met to weigh their options. "Everyone thought they had the answer on what to do and what we should do," Barnes said. "Doc brought us in and talked to us the morning after it happened. We all got to air out our feelings, but we decided as a team for Doc to be the only one answering questions and for us to concentrate on basketball, and I think that relieved a little bit of the pressure." news10.net

Then came tragedy for Barnes and his family on July 8, when his aunt, 48-year-old Tanganyika Williams was found stabbed in the neck and laying on a south Sacramento street. She died at a local hospital later that day. Police named her husband, 51-year-old Michael Williams the primary suspect in the fatal stabbing. Barnes, who resides in Los Angeles went to his social media platforms via Twitter and Instagram posting two pictures of Williams and pleading for the public's help to assist police in locating him. "At the time, it was really my only outlet," he said. "Being in L.A. and my aunt being killed out here, I couldn't get up here at the time. Social media has been good and bad for me. I just tried it, I threw the guy's mugshot up there and told the story." news10.net

Barnes felt the awareness that stemmed from his social media experiment, along with the national media attention he received helped bring Williams to justice. "Through all of that, someone called in with a tip and we got him arrested," he said. "It was kind of a shot in the dark. It worked and I thank everyone out there who supported and helped that out. Him (being) caught (and) him going to prison for the rest of his life doesn't bring my aunt back, but it let's our family rest at peace a little more and know that he's going to have to do time for the crime." news10.net

July 29, 2014 Updates
July 28, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Clippers players would consider a boycott if Donald Sterling remained the owner of the team at the start of the 2014 season, Matt Barnes confirmed on the Chris Mannix Show on Sunday night according to a transcript of the interview posted on the show’s Facebook page. Barnes’ comments echoed those made by Clippers guard Chris Paul last week. Paul told ESPN.com that he had spoken with Clippers coach Doc Rivers about sitting out if Sterling remained the team’s owner. On Sunday, Barnes said he thought it was realistic that the team would consider not playing next season. “We were very close to doing it last year in the middle of the playoffs, and it hadn’t really sunk in then. Now the full magnitude of what happened has sunk in. People feel very strong about what happened,” he said. “It would be unfortunate if it got to either of those situations but I do believe both are a possibility.” For The Win

July 23, 2014 Updates

L.A. Clippers star Matt Barnes says his aunt was brutally murdered last week at the hands of a violent fugitive -- and now he's taken to social media in hopes of finding her killer. Cops say the man is 51-year-old Michael Williams -- who they believe is the victim's estranged husband. Investigators say the victim was going to see Williams on July 8 when she was stabbed. Officials believe Williams is a transient with a violent history who may be hiding out in South Sacramento. TMZ.com

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