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  1. Guy Matt Barnes punched doesn’t like him very much

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:25 PM EST

    Matt Barnes

    We told you how Lakers swingman Matt Barnes lost it and punched an opponent at a San Francisco pro-am game, refused to back down from the action and got suspended a game for it. Now, we get the words of the guy on the wrong end of the swing. First things first, Dillon Sabia says…

  2. Barnes gets one-game suspension from Pro-Am League

    Aug 9, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Well done Matt Barnes. Not sure I’ve ever seen a guy get suspended for a game from a pro-am league before. Then again, I’ve never seen a player punch an opposing player in a pro-am game before. Well, Barnes said it was more pushing than punch later, but still. Barnes did it and he has…

  3. Matt Barnes isn’t backing down from whatever happened

    Aug 5, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

    Matt Barnes

    Did Matt Barnes punch an opposing player? Those are the reports that came out of some San Francisco pro-am action Thursday, although video proof has yet to show up (at least that I’ve seen). This is the same place where Barnes slapped a coach last season, so maybe. Whatever happens, Barnes is owning it. ESPN.com…

  4. Report: Lakers Barnes hits opposing player during game

    Aug 5, 2011, 10:38 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Move over Michael Beasley, you’ve got company. There are multiple reports that in a San Francisco pro-am game Thursday night Matt Barnes hit an opposing player during the contest. Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated tweeted about it, there were other mentions on twitter and Black Sports Online told us they heard the same thing from…

  5. Lakers’ Matt Barnes back playing, says knee is all good now

    Jul 29, 2011, 6:36 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Matt Barnes has to feel like he has a clean slate in Los Angeles. He struggled last season with the triangle offense and finding his rhythm, then he missed 26 games with right nee surgery. He came back in time for the playoffs, but he was not 100 percent and couldn’t contribute much as the…

  6. Kobe Bryant has the will to win… against children

    Jul 10, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    This is your standard “Kobe Bryant refuses to lose even in absurd situations when there’s absolutely no reason for him to play like he has to win” post. At Bryant’s basketball camp this week he participated in a friendly game of “Knockout” with some of the camp’s participants. Now, Bryant had a couple of options…

  7. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:35 AM EST

    Matt Barnes

    Whose were the first two jerseys retired by the Miami Heat? Michael Jordan and Dan Marino, of course. Matt Barnes will pick up his $1.9 million option and remain with the Lakers next season. The Golden State Warriors will meet with Spurs lead assistant Mike Budenholzer about their current head coaching vacancy. And he is…

  8. Lakers may start Brown, have Barnes come off bench

    May 6, 2011, 11:42 AM EST

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    Phil Jackson needs to find a spark, because his team has lacked one for two games now. So you can throw the conventional wisdom that Matt Barnes will step in and start for the suspended Ron Artest out the window — Shannon Brown may be getting the start, Kevin Ding reports at the Orange County…

  9. It’s official, Lakers Ron Artest suspended for Game 3

    May 5, 2011, 4:08 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    As was expected, the NBA has suspended Lakers forward Ron Artest for Game 3 of the Lakers series against Dallas. The reason was Artest smacked J.J. Barea across the face with his forearm near the end of the Lakers Game 2 loss. It was deserved. Watch the video at this link if you haven’t seen…

  10. Lakers’ Bynum suffers bone bruise, is ready to go for playoffs

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:19 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Andrew Bynum holds his knee after falling during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles

    Lakers fans have never been so happy to hear the words “bone bruise” before. An MRI on Lakers center Andrew Bynum’s right knee — the one surgically repaired last summer and tweaked last night in a game against the Spurs — shows only a bone bruise, according to a release by the team. He will…

  11. Matt Barnes suspended for one game

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:42 PM EST

    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…

  12. Jason Terry calls Matt Barnes soft as “toilet paper”

    Apr 1, 2011, 4:44 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The fight — well, what passes for a fight in the NBA, Jason Terry pushed Steve Blake, they bumped chests, Matt Barnes came flying in to play protector, there was a lot more pushing  — was Thursday night, but the war of words has continued into Friday. Mark Cuban blasted Chris Webber over calling the…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston, Lakers send some messages

    Apr 1, 2011, 7:54 AM EST

    Celtics

    What you missed while watching the Hangover 2 trailer…. Celtics 107, Spurs 97: The Celtics ultimately will go as Rajon Rondo goes. He’s been injured and slumping. He’s back, and if he is the Celtics are back with him. You know the Celtics are going to defend well (they still need a stabilizing presence in…

  14. Magic Johnson is down with Lakers trade. We must stop the madness.

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:51 PM EST

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    Mitch Kupchak tried to give his Lakers a swift kick in the motivation by talking trades. Not that Kupchak wouldn’t consider it, but he has no reasonable options so it was more talk than legitimate option. Lakers fans didn’t care, they jumped on it. Today, no-longer-a-Lakers-owner Magic Johnson (he still has a statue out in…

  15. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:38 AM EST

    Boobie Gibson

    Daniel Gibson is going to miss a game or two for the Cavaliers due to a left quad injury. Rather than having a bobblehead night promotion, the Cavs are almost at the point where one lucky fan will get to play backup point guard for a night. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was at the Bucks…

  16. Stojakovic bought out by Raptors, headed to Dallas

    Jan 20, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    UPDATE #2 (5:31 PM EST): Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported that Stojakovic has given the Mavericks a verbal commitment to join the team. No pen to paper yet, but Peja is on his way to Dallas. UPDATE (4:28 PM EST): The Raptors have announced it is official, they have reached a deal to buy out…

  17. Players poll picks Lakers to win championship. Again.

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:51 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant has ongoing knee issues. Pau Gasol has seemed slow in his decision making. Matt Barnes is having major knee surgery. Derek Fisher has looked old and Steve Blake has lost his shot. Ron Artest is, well, Ron Artest. This year’s Lakers don’t seem as intimidating as past seasons. But ask NBA players who…

  18. Lakers’ Matt Barnes to have knee surgery

    Jan 8, 2011, 7:21 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    UPDATE 7:21 pm: Barnes will undergo surgery early next week for a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. He is expected to be out at least two months, which means a March return (before the playoffs). This will mean more minutes for Ron Artest and likely Luke Walton behind him. The Lakers may also…

  19. Ron Artest wants to close out games, Phil Jackson not on board

    Dec 28, 2010, 9:12 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Ron Artest is a Laker starter, but when it comes time to close out games this season Shannon Brown and Matt Barnes tend to get the fourth quarter run. Mostly because those two are better offensive players. Don’t think that Artest hasn’t noticed. Kevin Ding has quotes from the Orange County Register. “I didn’t even…

  20. What is going on with Ron Artest?

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:42 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Twice last week, when the Lakers needed a bucket at the end of the game, the ball ended up in the hands of Ron Artest. And he missed. It seemed fitting, because Artest has not seemed himself — however you wish to define that — lately.  This was the guy was the Lakers MVP of…

  21. Game of the night: Where you can’t throw anything new at Kobe

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:33 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Luol Deng

    Kobe has seen it before. On much bigger stage. He knows how a Tom Thibodeau team is going to defend him. Whenever and wherever he got the ball Tuesday night he patiently waited to see where the double would come from, then he would try to pass to the cutter. Or he kicks it to…

  22. NBA Season Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

    Oct 20, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

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    Last season: 57-25, top seed in the West, which they rode all the way to their second consecutive NBA crown. They came within half-a-quarter of losing to Boston on their home court in Game 7, but no Kendrick Perkins and no balloons in the rafters this time gave room for a dramatic comeback win. Head…

  23. We know what you really care about… Laker Girl Ashley is doing fine

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

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    When you weren’t watching Kobe Bryant still looking a step slow and lacking elevation on his shots — he went 2-10 last night, now shooting 14.3 percent for all of preseason — you were worried about Laker Girl Ashley. She was the one that had Sacramento’s Carl Landry fall on her as Landry and Matt…

  24. Prosecutors ask for delay in Matt Barnes case

    Sep 14, 2010, 9:19 AM EST

    Sacramento prosecutors have asked for a one-month delay before having to file charges against Barnes following a domestic violence arrest. The new court date is Oct. 18, according to News 10 in Sacramento, which falls during Lakers training camp. The delay request was “not unusual. We do it all the time,” Deputy Sacramento County District…

  25. On eve of court date, Matt Barnes portrays himself as a family man

    Sep 13, 2010, 8:27 AM EST

    Monday Matt Barnes will be in a Sacramento court, facing changes in a domestic violence case. Sunday night Barnes tweeted the photo you see here, with his sons. The caption read “Me & Isaiah learning the new triangle offense.” The timing of the photos is not a coincidence. Whether they accurately reflect Barnes’ family life,…

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