Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes fined 35K for comments centering on Derek Fisher beef

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Memphis Grizzlies

 

Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes – now of the Memphis Grizzlies – on Sunday was fined $35,000 by the NBA for his recent comments regarding New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, with whom Barnes had a physical confrontation in October when Barnes found out his twin sons were unhappy that Fisher was visiting their mother – Barnes’ ex-wife Gloria Govan.

Barnes’ Grizzlies defeated the Knicks 103-95 on Saturday at Memphis. Although there was apparently no interaction between the two at the game, Barnes had plenty to say to reporters in the days leading to it.

“There’s support throughout the league, other leagues, GMs, owners, entertainers, actors, everybody,” Barnes said regarding the altercation with Fisher. “It’s been a great support. Every man who looks at the situation knows what’s right and wrong. Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is. And, unfortunately, it happened.”

On Sunday, the NBA said it fined Barnes “for inappropriate public comments that are detrimental to the best interests of the NBA.”

“Matt Barnes’ comments condoning violence do not reflect who we are as a league or the character of our players,” said Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice-president of basketball operations. “His words are unacceptable and entirely inconsistent with the core principles of this game and the NBA.”

Barnes had already been suspended two games for the incident itself.

Former Clippers’ forward Matt Barnes suspended 2 games for October beef with Derek Fisher

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Memphis Grizzlies

 

Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes – now with the Memphis Grizzlies – has been suspended two games without pay by the NBA for his physical altercation with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher on Oct. 3 in Redondo Beach, the league announced Monday.

Fisher was with Barnes’ ex-wife, Gloria Govan, at her home when Barnes went there to check on his twin sons after he determined via communication with them that they were not comfortable with Fisher being there.

Barnes’ suspension will begin Tuesday when Memphis plays host to the Miami Heat.

Five things to take from Clippers’ 94-92 win over Grizzlies

  • J.J. Redick

J.J. Redick/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers

 

  • You have to like the backbone of Chris Paul. He had missed Saturday’s loss against Houston with a groin strain. In this game, he was both poked and smacked in the eye. He still found a way to score 14 points and dole out four assists in nearly 32 minutes. Paul did contribute to the 18 turnovers the team committed with four of his own.
  • J.J. Redick was Mr. Clutch. He was 1-for-5 from 3-point range when he buried one that put the Clippers ahead (87-86) for good 55.1 seconds to play. Then he made three consecutive free throws with 13.3 seconds left.
  • Another fine game by Blake Griffin. He played a team-high 37 minutes, 48 seconds and came away with 24 points, 12 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot. The sixth-year pro is now averaging 28.6 points and 10 rebounds. He’s also shooting 58.1 percent from the field.
  • DeAndre Jordan didn’t let the thought of playing in what is bound to be a very hostile Dallas crowd on Wednesday affect what he did in this victory. He scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked four shots. Remember how Jordan reneged on a verbal agreement to sign with Dallas to re-sign with the Clippers? Well, Jordan is really going to hear it when the teams square off at American Airlines Center.
  • Old friend Matt Barnes made his presence felt. He scored eight points, pulled down six rebounds, made two steals and blocked two shots in 26-plus minutes off the bench. He scored all of his points in the fourth quarter, when his team needed them most. Best of all, Barnes received a nice ovation from a Staples Center crowd appreciative of the previous three years he spent with the Clippers before he was traded during the off-season.

Jamal Crawford expects Matt Barnes to have ‘extra juice’

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Memphis Grizzlies

 

Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes returned to Staples Center on Monday as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. Clippers guard Jamal Crawford said at the morning shootaround he expects Barnes, who played the previous three seasons with the Clippers, to hit the court with a bit more emotion than he usually does, which is saying a lot.

“I think when you go home, it’s like your home city and you want to do well in front of your family and friends,” Crawford said. “And I think when you leave a team, it’s always a little extra juice.”

REPORT: Matt Barnes explains his side of beef with Derek Fisher

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers

 

Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes on Thursday explained his side of his physical altercation with former Lakers teammate and current Knicks coach Derek Fisher on Saturday night to ESPN.com reporter Ramona Shelburne.

According to Barnes, he did not go to the home of his ex-wife Gloria Govan to beat up on Fisher. Rather, he went to check on his twin 6-year-old sons after one of them – Carter – texted his father. That led to a Face-Time, where Barnes could tell his son was upset that Fisher was there.

Barnes, now with the Memphis Grizzlies, would not talk about the physical nature of his beef with Fisher. But he told Shelburne he wanted to make it clear that he did not drive 95 miles from Grizzlies camp in Santa Barbara to confront Fisher. He was at home in Marina Del Rey, about 15 minutes from his ex-wife’s home, when he got the text from Carter.

“I can’t believe people think I was some maniac driving 95 miles and listening to Tupac to go beat somebody up,” Barnes said in the story. “No. I live 15 minutes away, and I was going over to check on my kids because they seemed uncomfortable. That was my main reason for going over there.”

 

Former Clippers forward Matt Barnes traded to Memphis Grizzlies

Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes/Photo courtesy of Los Angels Clippers, NBA.com

 

Former Clippers small forward Matt Barnes on Thursday was traded from the Charlotte Hornets to the Memphis Grizzlies for guard Luke Ridnour. Charlotte then traded Ridnour and a conditional 2016 draft pick to Oklahoma City for guard Jeremy Lamb, Charlotte general manager Rich Cho announced.

Barnes, along with post Spencer Hawes, was recently traded to Charlotte for wing Lance Stephenson.