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Harrison Barnes gets snarky with Warriors fans

Mar 26, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

Harrison Barnes

Most athletes and coaches make nothing but mundane comments after games. They just watched the same game as everyone else, and although the athletes and coaches often have more nuanced observations, they rarely offer to share those insights. So, the insiders often end up providing basic, fact-based quotes that could come from anyone.

For an example, just look at a few Warriors after their 109-103 win over the Lakers last night.

Golden State coach Mark Jackson:

We’ve played 72 games and the survey says that we are the better basketball team. That can’t be debated – through 72 games.

Makes sense. The Warriors are 41-31, and the Lakers are 36-35.

Klay Thompson:

“When you hold a team under 40 percent shooting it’s a good night. They’re a good team and we just played our defense.”

Exactly. The Lakers shot 39.6 percent, so Thompson speaks the truth.

Jarrett Jack:

We stopped being an aggressive, attacking team. We started playing half-court basketball and it’s kind of a tale of two halves.

Golden State scored 63 points in the first half and 46 in the second half, supporting Jack’s straight-forward claim.

Harrison Barnes:

Thanks to all the Warrior fans that came out to support is tonight. Big time road win!

Again, right on. Golden State won for the 24th time at Oracle Arena in Oakland, home of the – hey, wait a minute!

Very tricky move, Mr. Barnes.

According to the NBA, the Warriors played a home game Tuesday. According to the mood in the California arena, well, it’s up for a little more debate.

Barnes is following the lead of Pacers guard George Hill, who also voiced displeasure with hometown fans supporting the Lakers. Hill ended up clarifying and softening his comments, and I suspect Barnes will eventually do the same.

There’s no perfect way for Barnes – who comes across a little hypocritically, unless he’s willing to accept less money on his next contract to show his loyalty to the Warriors – to voice his displeasure with Warriors fans selling their tickets to Lakers fans. The Lakers are more popular than the Warriors due to years of winning and marketing, and it’s unfair to ask Warriors fans to sacrifice money to instantaneously change that. If a Lakers fan offered significant money for a ticket and I were a Warriors fan, I’d sell my ticket. Because the Lakers have such a large fan base, it’s more likely there will be Lakers fans willing to pay whatever amount the hometown fans consider significant.

Barnes just has to realize his tweet reflects poorly on the fans who did support him. The Warriors fans in attendance are the ones who come out looking badly, as they’re blamed for being inadequate, but it’s not their fault other Warriors fans didn’t show up or sold their tickets to Lakers fans.

  1. cakemixa - Mar 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Stop whining, rook.

  2. saint1997 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Haha very sly Harry! I see where he is coming from, it would be pretty frustrating.

  3. bigrele - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    So much for that supposed formidable line-up all back together again that apparently is going to be a matchup problem that the other Western conference teams don’t want to go up against in the 1st round, hahahahahahaha lol! 3 straight losses with the starting lineup back, ha! So much for Pau being back changing everything, how you like me now Jerry West & Laker fans?! Hey Jerry! The Lakers stand NO CHANCE against any team in the West in the 1st round, once again this team is overrated & overhyped! All flash & no substance! Where you at lakerluver & loungefly? Fact is this team has actually played better without Pau, look at the record when he’s in & out; Lakers couldn’t beat the Warriors despite getting help from the refs, that should tell you their chances at the playoffs IF they even get it. 21 free throws in the 3rd quarter alone, wow! The Warriors had all of 10 free throws the whole game up to that point, absolutely pathetic! But this game was never as close as the final score, the Warriors mopped the floor wit this pathetic inept overrated team, enjoy that losing streak Laker fans AND hold onto to that 8th seed now lol! Jazz 1 game back & quietly bout to steal that seed back :D

  4. manchestermiracle - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    The way the Lakers played some of those “fans” should be a little embarrassed.

  5. ebrownwareagle - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    DIE HARD LAKERS FAN HERE! And the Young Man is Right!! Nice Word Play Harrison! ALWAYS Respect your HOME TEAM!

  6. footballfan77 - Mar 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    I have to agree with barnes, the place was filled with mostly laker fans!!!! I mean god it did look like a road game!!!

  7. bucrightoff - Mar 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Come on, he’s being funny. The real joke is the Lakers season.

    • stadix093 - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Well played sir, that one hurt. My fiancé and I drove up there for the first meeting earlier this year and we were shocked by the amount of Lakers fans. It was nuts because I always think of warriors fans as being some of the leagues best.

    • thesixersbench - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:07 PM

      Well played.

  8. losanginsight - Mar 26, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Taking over road arenas is nothing new for The LAkeshow.

    • dannymac17 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      Same as not winning on the road as well.

  9. baymac408 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    It’s all good Barnes!! I HATE THE LAKERS TO PIMP! But really when I had season tickets!! Laker warrior games would go for 3x the ticket price.. I made cash of warrior and laker fans during those games!! Dawson tickets when broken down cost like 50 a piece I sold those tickets for like 300 a piece 250 easy!! Paper makes the world go around! GO WARRIORS

  10. losanginsight - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Too bad for the warriors and their crack head fans that they are the NBA’s version of a mid-major team that will never ever ever win put up a Banner.

    • jacobstevens20 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:42 PM

      elaborate. so far you sound incredibly stupid.

    • david0303 - Mar 26, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      so you’re saying the banner we already have doesnt count?

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    They were well on their way to choking that game away. And their defense had very little to do with the Lakers missing two dozen WIDE OPEN looks, including 9 blown bunnies between Dwight, Kobe and Nash.

  12. davidly - Mar 26, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Barnes just has to realize his tweet reflects poorly on the fans who did support him.

    I disagree. He thanks them, and uses irony to stick it to the sellouts. If you can afford the ticket and you got a winning team, then you shouldn’t be selling them to Lakers’ fans. Seriously.

    Real Golden State fans know that they’re not being “blamed for being inadequate”. They know the deal and are probably similarly frustrated. But they did get a big time road win!-)

  13. raidmagic - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    The O-rena in Orlando was the same way last night for the “hometown” Heat. At one point the fans were chanting “MVP MVP” while Lebron was at the free throw line. It was loud enough you could hear it on the TV. Shame really.

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