Matt Barnes On Serge Ibaka: ‘He’s Just Dirty. He Hit Blake Griffin In The Nuts Twice’
Matt Barnes is about to be announced as the newest Memphis Grizzly in a press conference in a few minutes, and it remains to be seen if the former LA Clipper will bring his reputation with him. (Watch the news conference here).
Barnes has always been know to be irascible, to put it kindly -- or a confrontational pain in the ass, to put it bluntly. That's why this quote, which Barnes gave during a radio interview on Monday, is so noteworthy. His first game against the Thunder next season is going to be interesting.
"He's just dirty" - Matt Barnes on Serge Ibaka. "...He hit Blake in the nuts twice."
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) July 28, 2015
When Matt Barnes is calling you dirty, you know you have an image problem.
— Bryan Fenley (@BryanFenley) July 28, 2015
Of course it's true; The Oklahoma City power forward did hit Griffin in the nuts, at least twice. Here's one of them, from 2013:
But the bigger question is, will Grizzlies fans welcome Barnes unconditionally? I guess the saying in the NBA is that you can be a dirty player, until you're on our team -- then you just play with heart and passion. I like to call it the Matthew Dellavedova Effect.
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