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Matt Barnes suspended for one game

Apr 1, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

Matt Barnes

UPDATE 10:42 pm: Lakers coach Phil Jackson spoke about Barnes and said it’s all good to come to the aid of a teammate, but you better know the situation.

“He’s definitely got to check that stuff at the door in the playoffs,” Jackson said. “You can’t play short-handed in the playoffs.”

Asked if he was proud to see Barnes stand up for a teammate, Jackson said, “The valor about standing up for a teammate that’s been fouled in a way that’s not part of our game, we admire that. But it’s got to be checked off when it comes to playoff time.”

6:42 pm: The NBA has announced that Matt Barnes will be suspended one game for his role in last night’s altercation between the Lakers and Mavericks. In addition to having to deal with being called “soft as toilet paper” by Jason Terry after the game, Barnes will also have to sit and watch the next Laker game. Here’s the NBA’s official release on Barnes’ suspension:

NEW YORK, April 1, 2011 – Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Lakers hasbeen suspended one game without pay for escalating an on-courtaltercation and actions following his ejection, it was announced todayby Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 9:23 remaining in the fourth quarter of theLakers’ 110-82  victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center onMarch 31. Barnes will serve his suspension tonight when the Lakersvisit the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.

  1. donkeyball - Apr 1, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Then Jason Terry better get at least two games. The funny thing is this: this probably helps The Mavs.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 1, 2011 at 7:57 PM

      They play the Jazz tonight at staples, they suck.
      Terry should get two games and the white guy that fouled Gasol
      should get a flagrant foul.
      Mavs are soft, they LAKERS beat them like a Pimp.

      • damp1015 - Apr 2, 2011 at 12:26 AM

        I don’t think Terry deserves 2 games, Matt Barnes acted the same way previously when Bynum committed the inappropriate flagrant-2 foul on Beasely. He needs to take his jacked up attitude out of the equation and the LAKERS need to discipline him further. Attitudes like will eventually lead up to volatile meetings between players.

        And for you LAKER fans, relax, don’t get all erractic! Because I know each of you felt the same way if not more when Chris Childs clocked Kobe with a good ole 1-2 combo several years back.

        And the LAKERS are slowly dying out, the age is getting them progressively. Basically the tides are turning my friends.

  2. acdc84 - Apr 1, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    Nothing for Terry? Nothing would have happened if he hadn’t given a cheap shove to a guy that was already off balance from a hard foul.

  3. progress2011 - Apr 2, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Good comments ” damp1015″……..but don’t you know all the blogs are being patrolled by laker bandwagoners ! You will probably get 500 thumbs down …..ahahahahahahaha !

    They don’t want to hear any mention that :
    1. kobe is NOT MJ
    2. The lakers will not repeat
    3. kobe has lost a step
    4. Bynum is NOT Shaq
    5. Phil is not coming back next season
    6. The refs help them win with bad calls, at specific times that change momentum…etc. etc. etc.

    I will sum it up, the lakers are the Yankees of basketball.
    7. Their salary is $90 Million, the highest in the league and approx $30 Million over the cap. The Heat are around $70 Million. Only $20 Million less than the lakers.
    8. The lakers are the biggest market ( right now ) and it is beneficial to the league/ Stern to assist them with winning because it is best for the NBA brand.
    9. Think about it, if you were the commissioner and you could make 100 Million by having the lakers in the championship or 45 Million by allowing a small market team ( Thunder / Spurs etc ) to win, how would you handle the dilemma.
    10. Prime example, the NCAA tournament. No one is paying attention to the Final Four because very small schools are in the finals. BUT if Duke or UConn was in the Final Four, it would draw more attention and revenue.
    11. So, essentially the lakers are BUYING CHAMPIONSHIPS with their $90 Million salary and other perks !!!

    Why even have a salary cap, if teams can exceed it by however much to purchase the trophy !

    ….facts are facts !!!! The band wagoners are going KRAZY right now. Watch how many thumbs down I will get, which will ” hurt my feelings “…..ahahahahahahaha!!!!

  4. donkeyball - Apr 2, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    To Progress (and all other Laker haters):

    1. True, Kobe is not MJ. He’s a top 5 player in league history, though. That’s more than good enough.
    2. The Lakers will repeat if healthy. Bet the bank on it; they are stronger than last season.
    3. Indeed Kobe’s game is not what it once was, but I’ll take 90% of Kobe any day.
    4. Thank God Bynum is not Shaq. Bynum actually plays defense and makes free throws. This Lakers tream doesn’t need Shaq’s scoring.
    5. What a joy it will be to send off Phil with his 4th three peat.
    6. Refs? If you don’t like the inconsistant refereeing in sports, go away and watch a chess match and stop crying.
    7. The Lakers play under the same salary cap rules as everyone else. In fact, while other teams have been busted trying to circumvent the cap or do bogus deals (like trade away a player who gets waived and then comes back to the original team), the Lakers steer clear of these questionable yet legal practices.
    8. The Lakers have been the NBA’s top franchise for 30+ years for a reason: great management. Being in a large market helps, but is not the overriding factor. Take a look at The Knicks to see what I mean.
    9. The Spurs have won 4 rings in recent years. Stern didn’t screw them to bring a larger market to the finals. Once again, shrewed management trumps all other factors.
    10. Popular teams get ratings. Big surprise. Still that didn’t stop The Spurs from their successes. See #9.
    11. Please refer to answers 7, 8, and 9.

    I’m proud to be a membor of The Laker bandwagon. It’s been a great ride for 33 years straight: 10 rings (soon to be 11), 16 conference championships, exciting deep post season runs nearly every year, and more great all stars than you can count.

    And one more thing, The Lakers of the last 33 years are more successful than The Yankees. They should strive for a Laker level of greatness, not the other way around.

  5. tsi4431 - Apr 2, 2011 at 3:59 PM


    The Kobe vs Jordan thing is like comparing apples to oranges. Michael Jordan couldn’t play in today’s game, he would be fouled out on his first 6 shots on offensive fouls. He was the best player during his time. But it would be like trying to compare Tiger Woods to Arnold Palmer or Babe Ruth to Barry Bonds. Different era’s different rules.

    Salary wise Mavericks are $700k less then Lakers, Magic are $700k less then Maverick. Pretty dang close.
    Not that large of a discrepancy as you try to make it

    For that matter only 8 teams are under the soft cap.

    You sir need a fact checker.

  6. trueballs - Apr 2, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    You could write an article about Theo Ratliff and the comments would still be about Kobe’s legacy.

  7. progress2011 - Apr 3, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Tim Donaghy wrote a book about those ” laker championships ” you are so proud of. The Buss family has been paying ref’s for DECADES !

    bandwagoners ! I’m disappointed at this lack-luster response…..guess ya’ll are standing outside the staples center waiting to wash dudes jock or something.

    Or maybe you are raising money to contribute to the referee fund ! Ahahahahaha

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