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Matt Barnes kind of hates the Clippers

Dec 23, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

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From ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin:

Barnes said the Clippers should be feeling some positive vibes after adding Chris PaulChauncey BillupsCaron Butler and re-signing DeAndre Jordan this month, but thinks they may have gone overboard in showing that enthusiasm.

“They definitely have a much improved team here and are looking to make a push towards the playoffs,” Barnes said Thursday after the Clippers beat the Lakers in a pair of preseason games on Monday and Wednesday. “They have a lot of reason to be excited, but all the celebration after dunks and all that kind of stuff, I mean, I just kind of think it looks amazing and it makes ‘SportsCenter,’ but I mean, let’s just play basketball.”

Count Barnes as one person not exactly thrilled by the “Lob City” Clippers.

“They act like they won the dunk contest after every dunk,” Barnes said. “So, as players, people aren’t going to tolerate that.”

Barnes also discussed the flagrant-1 penalty he received for shoving Blake Griffin to the floor in the 3rd quarter of Wednesday’s game. Instead of apologizing, Barnes called Griffin a “flopper” and bemoaned the fact that, according to Barnes, “there’s no such thing as a hard foul anymore.”

For me, the main takeaway from this is that there’s finally a real rivalry between the two basketball teams that call the Staples Center their home. The Lakers have always been the undisputed kings of LA — now the Clippers are threatening that, and they’re doing it with a player the Lakers tried to trade for. Wednesday’s chippy game and Barnes’ comments seemed to mark the official beginning of a true rivalry in the City of Angels — personally, I can’t wait for more.

  1. 973yenots - Dec 23, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Sure he does! There’s a new sheriff in town!

  2. acdc363 - Dec 23, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    I absolutely hate this guy.

  3. Gordon - Dec 23, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Hater

  4. raidmagic - Dec 23, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    Matt Barnes might be the biggest mouth in the league with nothing behind it. Cheap shot artist. I was happy when he opted out of Orlando, the best part was then he walked around crying “Orlando doesn’t want me I’ll show them when we play them.” Hey Douchebag, you opted out!! lol, LA can have him. Was there ever anything funnier than when he was with the Magic and they were playing the Lakers? He was trying to get in Kobe’s head and he ball checked the ball right at Kobe’s head Kobe never even blinked!! Classic! As a Magic fan I was laughing at this moron back then. At one point the dumb ass had to actually look down to see if his jersey number was in fact the 22 they were calling for the tech.

  5. superbigfish - Dec 23, 2011 at 8:27 PM

    Not sure why this guy opens his mouth when he doesn’t have the talent to back it up.

  6. goforthanddie - Dec 23, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    Dollar say Barnes catches a fist to the mush this season. Many will rejoice.

  7. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Now that the Lakers role player has weighed in, go ask the ball-boy what he thinks.

  8. str8h8tin - Dec 23, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Matt who?

  9. passerby23 - Dec 24, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    It’s always silly and annoying to think you have to be a star player to have an opinion on anything. Matt Barnes isn’t allowed to express his opinion because he’s not Kobe Bryant? That being said, there probably is a bit of underlying jealousy and frustration about the Clippers at this point – more than them celebrating dunks – that irks Barnes.

  10. jimsjam33 - Dec 27, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Matt Barnes will be out of the league in a year or two . His talent is limited and fading quick .

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