HoopsHype Matt Barnes rumors

December 20, 2014 Updates

Whether it was Doc Rivers, Chris Paul, Matt Barnes or DeAndre Jordan, the talk was about the officiating and how the Clippers felt like it was 5-on-8 at times. “It’s getting out of control, man,” Barnes said. “Some of the techs we got tonight were … I mean, we’ve got to do a better job of watching ourself, but I got a tech for saying, ‘He’s not shooting the ball.’ (Hedo Turkoglu) got a tech for saying, ‘That’s not a foul.’ I mean, this is just getting out of control, man. “They’re just whistle-happy.” Orange County Register

December 14, 2014 Updates

The league’s official release: Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes has been fined $25,000 for kicking a water bottle into the stands and directing profane language at fans, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 2:09 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 104-96 loss to the Washington Wizards on Dec. 12, at Verizon Center. NBCSports.com

December 13, 2014 Updates
December 4, 2014 Updates

Matt Barnes says he LOVES the video of the overzealous 1-legged Nets fan who had be carried out of a recent game -- telling TMZ Sports he wants to buy him tickets the next time the Clips play! The video went viral ... showing a very intense Nets fan being removed from Madison Square Garden during Tuesday night's match-up with the Knicks ... after reportedly screaming and yelling like a maniac while waving his prosthetic leg in the air during the game. The fan was BANNED from MSG -- but last night in L.A., Barnes told us he LOVED the guy's passion -- and says he wants the guy to be a part of Clipper Nation. "When we come to New York, I want him to be my guest to the next game," Barnes said ... "Next time we come out there I'm gonna buy him tickets." TMZ.com

November 24, 2014 Updates
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With his sons in the stands and some semblance of normalcy returned to his life, Barnes played his best game of the season, scoring 12 points and being far more active on defense. "To me it really doesn't matter if I start,” Barnes said. "I just want to work myself back in, whether I'm starting or coming off the bench. I've had a tough start early on, a lot of s--- off the court going on, but I'm starting to figure it out and play better, so whether that's coming off the bench or starting, it doesn't really matter to me." ESPN.com

"I've really made a conscious effort to cool out, and if those are technicals it's going to be a long season," he said. "Fortunately it didn't cost us, but it's crazy." Barnes' teammates came to his side over the summer and have continued to be there as Barnes deals with his divorce, trying to see his kids and dealing with early struggles on the court. “I think we do forget sometimes that we're humans,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Things go on in your life, and if we think it doesn't affect you as a player, then we're nuts.” ESPN.com

November 16, 2014 Updates
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"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

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