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Matt Barnes slaps opposing coach during summer game

Aug 11, 2010, 10:49 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Barnes_ref.jpgOne of the things the Lakers said they liked about Matt Barnes when they got him — he brings a fire to the court.

The Lakers could get burned, too. Especially if something like this were to happen again — Barnes slapping the assistant coach of another team.

Like a lot of NBAers, Barnes plays in some summer leagues, in this case the Bay Area Pro-Am Summer Basketball League at Kezar Pavilion. Sports by Brooks had the story and spoke to Rasheed Malek of WarriorsWorld.net, who was at the game.

Shockingly, Barnes disagreed with a call against him (see, he’ll fit in perfect as a Laker). We’ll let Malek take it from there.

Barnes engaged the referee into conversation directly in front of the opposing team’s Head Coach and Assistant Coach. While talking to the referee, Barnes begins to get heckled by SF City assistant head coach, Rick Lewis. Lewis was saying things like “stop your crying, you’re in the NBA, stop crying” and other remarks which were an attempt to antagonize and get under Barnes skin.

Barnes finally stepped towards Lewis and got in his face and they exchanged pleasantries, Barnes walked away but Lewis was still chirping so Barnes came back and got in his face at which point Barnes gave Lewis a slap on the face.

Now, it was more of a “lovetap” than anything malicious, he didn’t wind up or put force behind it. Soon as it happened, the referee’s came over, Barnes coaching staff ran over and the situation kind of fizzled itself out.

Amazingly, Barnes was not ejected, he played out the game.

With forceful personalities like Kobe and Derek Fisher around him, Barnes will not pull this kind of stunt during the regular season.

But I would love to see what would happen if he gave Patrick Ewing a love tap.

  1. R Takahashi - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Great signing for the Lakers then.
    http://www.TheWhiteHotHeat.com

  2. JMClarkent - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:32 PM

    “Wha did the five finger…say to the face?!? I’m Matt Barnes, B%#$%!”

  3. KH - Aug 11, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    I can understand players doing trash talk, not really, it’s childish. If a head coach or assistant does trash talk, he shouldn’t be surprised if a player going out of bounds on a play accidently runs over him. If your a player on the court you might get an elbow in your teeth for talking smack. If you are an assistant coach cowering on the bench don’t think you are not immune from retribution. What kind of coach does that sheet, just a punk-ace beech.

  4. dball - Aug 12, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Barnes & Artest can be the lightning rods for controversy while Gasol, Kobe, and Odom quietly produce the wins. This is going to be a great season.

  5. money ball - Aug 12, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Kid should be thrown out of the summer league for putting his hands on a coach. yes the coach was wrong for talkin smack to a player and should receive a warning from the league but you have to draw a hard line in the sand when it comes to physical contact between players and coaches. am i wrong? you cant make an argument that I am.

  6. KH - Aug 12, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    According to this article it was a love tap, which is not a slap or punch or kick or bite or etc. If that’s the case, what’s the fuss. The referees didn’t do anything, a fight didn’t break out, and the whole situation fizzled out. Is Rick Lewis the cry baby. Do players get in trouble now for just touching someone. No harm no foul.

  7. Lion Woods - Aug 12, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Matt Barnes acquisition by the Lakers has yet to be determined if it is a good move. I thought Barnes was a jerk when the Lakers last played the Magic… with his posturing and aggressive antics toward Kobe… I actually thought he should have been ejected. Now the Lakers have Barnes so I guess the Lakers now have someone who will get in the face of a player who is physically harrassing Kobe; like Barnes himself. In any event, the guy could be an enforcer type player who can make a shot every now and then. Artest and Barnes should be roomies on the road.

  8. kevin kinchen - Aug 12, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    Hopefully, he’ll slap Lebron in the playoffs.

  9. Charlie Murphy - Aug 12, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    That was weeks ago!!!!

  10. Lars - Aug 12, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Stupid Warriors( they are use to it ) should never have let him go !Lakers pick up a high energy guy , good teammate and player

  11. Laker Fan - Aug 12, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Matt Barnes the heir apparent to Kurt Rambis? I remember Rambis coming into games when players went at Magic or Kareem and showing them what it really meant, by taking them out. Rambis was that team’s enforcer on the court. Barnes and Artest, together, add a whole level of craziness that could really be fun to watch if someone gets stupid. I would love to see LeBron talking trash and get into it with Barnes. A double ejection or a fight between them? Perfect. I think Kupchak picked barnes up to be the new Rambis. Nice!

  12. LO Fan - Aug 12, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    Thanks Mitch for getting Barnes! I’m loving the energy and attitude of our team.
    Its going to take a LOT of toughness to get the rings again this year. Every single NBA player knows they need to beat the Lakers. Every single team knows they need to beat the Lakers. Every practice player knows their team needs to get by the Lakers.
    Every single player in the NBA knows the Lakers are the best team on Earth.
    So they will come out to BATTLE the Lakers. Every game, every night, for the next 100 games.
    Wimps can’t make it. Warriors are required. Like Barnes!

  13. LO Fan - Aug 12, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Thanks Mitch for getting Barnes! I’m loving the energy and attitude of our team.
    Its going to take a LOT of toughness to get the rings again this year. Every single NBA player knows they need to beat the Lakers. Every single team knows they need to beat the Lakers. Every practice player knows their team needs to get by the Lakers.
    Every single player in the NBA knows the Lakers are the best team on Earth.
    So they will come out to BATTLE the Lakers. Every game, every night, for the next 100 games.
    Wimps can’t make it. Warriors are required. Like Barnes!

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