In a conversation with Ric Bucher, Barnes said that Rivers’ arrogant nature took some getting used to when the two players were teammates, and he can understand why players from other teams might want to pick a fight with the coach’s son. “He talks a lot of trash and doesn’t really back it up. I think people are probably tired of that.
“He’s just very arrogant. You know, I know him personally, and at the beginning it kind of took a little bit to get used to. And as a teammate, you just kind of accept him for who he is and have his back as a teammate. Hearing guys talk around the league and seeing guys that had a problem with him while I was playing with him, I could see why. He carries himself like he’s a 10-time All-Star, and he’s not that. That kind of arrogance rubs people the wrong way.”
Jeff Goodman: I asked DeMarcus Cousins yesterday whether he thought his former college coach John Calipari would ever coach in the NBA again: “I don’t think so. He’s in a position to walk into the sunset. He’s in the perfect place.”
Kerry Eggers: Phoenix coach Jay Triano (ex-Blazer) ass’t) on why he’ll vote for @Damian Lillard as All-Star: “I’m biased because of my time here, but the way he approaches the game, his attitude toward the game, how serious he is about his craft. He always seems to rise to the occasion.”