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April 10, 2015 Updates

One early lesson came from Iverson, his teammate for half a season in Philadelphia. “Allen was the first guy that showed me how NBA players spend money in strip clubs,” Barnes says. “That guy went. HARD. He’d throw so much money, and this was when I was first in the league, that I used to take my foot and scoop the s--- under my chair and either re-throw it or put some in my pocket. He’d throw $30,000, $40,000 every time we went. I’m like, ‘You realize what I can do with this money?’” Sports Illustrated

On the rare occasions when Barnes isn’t feeling his usual energy before a game, he will grab his phone and look through his Twitter mentions. He scrolls past the compliments and wannabe groupies and requests for RTs until he finds what he needs: negativity. “…[you’re an] invisible man on the court, ur a better talker than a player”. “Matt Barnes looks like that deadbeat uncle that buys you alcohol in high school…” “…If only the Clippers had a better starting SF offensively than Matt Barnes…” Sometimes, Barnes clicks on profiles, to see who’s dissing him. Sometimes he responds. Then he seeks out more insults. He admits this is a bit masochistic, but he fears that without sufficient anger he will lose his edge. And, to Barnes, that edge is everything. “That negativity is what keeps that chip on my shoulder, what makes me a dog, what makes me an a--hole on the court.” he says. Sports Illustrated

April 9, 2015 Updates

The tide has turned in Los Angeles. Once considered the No. 1 destination for NBA free agents, the Lakers have struggled in recent years to find marquee players to pair with star Kobe Bryant. Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes, who played alongside Bryant for two seasons with the Lakers, has a theory about his former team’s recent rut. The common misconception is that players cower at the idea of playing with Kobe due to his ultracompetitive nature, says Barnes. But the onus is actually on the front office, Barnes recently told SI.com's Chris Ballard for an upcoming feature story. “The reason people don’t want to go to the Lakers is because of management,” Barnes tells SI.com. “Kobe can be the scapegoat all they want but if you play hard, Kobe likes you. And if you bulls--- around, he doesn’t. It’s plain and simple. He’s not a vocal leader. He just expects you to play as hard as you can every minute on the court, like he does.” Ethan J. Skolnick: Derrick Rose playing tonight, still on roughly 20 minute limit, likely won't play fourth quarter Twitter @EthanJSkolnick

April 2, 2015 Updates

Doc Rivers called it a catalyst moment that brought out the fight in his team. Matt Barnes said that it gave the Clippers more incentive. Paul himself said if Portland might have gone on a run in that fourth quarter the Clippers might have wilted and said, "Alright, y'all can have this one," but never did. Oregonian

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Barnes tweeted that if he had kicked Cleveland superstar LeBron James, the NBA would try to put him in jail, a reference to Barnes' thuggish reputation in the league that he thinks has been held against him. "I might have been making my one phone call to you guys right now," Barnes quipped to reporters. Los Angeles Times

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Yall really think you know me, but to keep it real you hv no clue...! Just know whether you hate me or love me....... I'm always gonna land on my feet.. I love all my fans, the fans that appreciate & respect the hard work & time we put in, all the school plays & sporting events we miss out on in our children's lives.. We get paid well, but we are still human just like you.. We can't call into work when we're sick, we hv to play, when we lose family members we don't hv time to morn, we hv to play, when we lose our families & don't get to see our kids for days at a time, we can't go hide & cry, we get paid to entertain, so we get on that court ... My life is played out in front of the world.. My life is your entertainment, you see shit on blogs & tv & think you know the whole story.. Shit, by the way yall pass judgment & comment you would think you were there.. Instagram

Barnes told reporters Wednesday he thought the fine resulted from an exchange with Sarver that Barnes said started when the owner said something to Barnes. “When an owner says something derogatory to me and I respond, I thought it would stay there,” Barnes said. “It’s a grown man saying something to another grown man. I’m not going to tell. But the fact that he told or someone around him told, it’s crazy.” What did Sarver say to Barnes? “You can ask him what he said,” Barnes said. “He said enough to make me respond to him.” Los Angeles Times

“We don’t like each other,” Barnes said. “He didn’t like me when I was there, I didn’t like him when I was there. He’s said some stuff about me before that a few of my old teammates that were there that played with me on the Clippers told me about, so I’ve never liked him and as soon as he said that to me, it kind of got me going.” Los Angeles Times

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