You just opened up Pandora’s Box; especially if there is a Lakers/Magic rematch Mr. Barnes…

USA Today: If the Lakers and Magic face each other in the NBA Finals yesterday’s game no doubt will be what’s referenced as the agenda-setter. Orlando survived for a two-point victory as Matt Barnes played intense defense on Kobe Bryant, and Barnes says he’s ready for Round 2.

“They aren’t going to come in here and punk us,” Barnes told Fanhouse’s Tim Povtak after practice today.

Barnes also put some advance pressure on the referees, saying, “I have no problem playing physical, but throughout the game, he (Bryant) elbowed me three times. If I did that, I would have been kicked out . . . (Pau) Gasol takes a swing at Dwight (Howard). If we do that kind of stuff, we get kicked out, suspended. He (Bryant) is the best player. He gets to do whatever he wants. It is what it is.”

Barnes’ parting shot regarding Kobe: “If he’s going to throw elbows, I’m not just going to let him do it . . . Kobe is a killer. He has that killer instinct. If you let him mentally get to you, you don’t have a chance.”

  • imfasterthanur

    I’m not mad at this at all. Coming from their perspective, it makes sense to respect Kobe as the best, but you can’t crown him simply because of that fact.

    Unfortunately for them, it becomes a catch-22 because that intense game just gives Kobe Bryant, as well as the rest of the team, more fuel to repeat.

    Makes sense, Mr. Barnes, but at very risky expense.

  • keepon_keepinon18

    Says Barnes, who is doing the punking…

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    “. . . Kobe is a killer. He has that killer instinct. If you let him mentally get to you, you don’t have a chance.”

    Funny thing is that he was in your head all day long! And that’s why you did what you did and said what you said. Let me just point something out to you real quick Barnes… remember when you try to ball fake a pass into Kobe’s face? Well, you get 2 shots to your face because he didn’t flinch! He didn’t even bat an eye! He was stone faced and ice cold blooded and just stared at your sorry ass! Guess what? You did get “PUNKED!”

    Don’t people like you ever learn? You fcukin sorry D-Leaguers trying to make a name for yourselves. Do you remember Raja Bell, Dantahy Jones, Ruben Patterson, etc…? Where are they now? All of these fools tried to make a name for themselves as the “Kobe Stopper!” and failed and are either out of the league or shipped off a a WNBA team!

    Just be happy that you’re collecting a pay check from the league and just play hard. Orlando is not going to be so impressed with you to give you anything other than the minimum because let’s face it… you’re Matt “who the fcuk am i?” Barnes!

  • https://openid.aol.com/opaque/4bdde368-2b97-11df-8b9f-000bcdcb5194 onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    Dude that was a great comeback,
    Barnes give him some credit he did hit a wide open three. Nobody guarding the fool.
    And played Kobe on a back to back east coast time swing.
    Dude the next time he see s Kobe he is going to be sorry.
    Remeber when Patterson said smack about Kobe , buried him the next time they played.

  • trippleocho

    You know your ass is harmless when you ball fake someone towards their face (standing less than a foot away) and they don’t even move a muscle. LMAO.

    • lakerbunny

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  • xtro

    the cavs will punk you guys in the ECF.

    • Won A Ring for The King

      Right, and then we’ll punk the Lakers in the Finals…

      • xtro

        unless you guys get punked by atlanta.

  • LOMVP

    ahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    are we soft?????????????????
    i love it when people think that we are dirty and now we actually try to punk other teams bwahahahahahahahaha

  • proemb

    Ok, is this anything new?
    Here’s a list of recent and old so-called Kobe stoppers:
    -Ruben Patterson
    -Dough “Purse Designer” Christie
    -Bruce “Cheap Shot” Bowen
    -Andre “I need a steak” Kirilenko
    -Shane “The Helmet” Battier
    -Raja “Choke-a-holic” Bell
    -James “The Grill” Posey
    -Teysaun Prince
    -Dahntay “Dirty” Jones
    -Aaron “Kobe make me some money” Aflalo
    -Matt “Where’s my next stop?” Barnes
    __
    What do all the above players have in common?
    1. Kobe has smoked them all routinely
    2. Kobe has put millions of dollars in their pockets
    In a seven game series, man-to-man, nobody has been a “Kobe Stopper”.

  • fred

    sad for matt barnes….kobe didnt even flincg…barnes should be scared for next game… all the so-called stoppers have not been able to stop kobe …never never…..barnes..ur lucky ur even on the..magic…next year ur prob gonna be in the nj nets…lol..

  • LakersFirst

    Orlando is not coming out of the East. Cleveland vs. Lakers NBA Championships.

    I wonder what UCLA homo Matt Barnes next stop will be? Probably Charlotte.

  • https://openid.aol.com/opaque/4bdde368-2b97-11df-8b9f-000bcdcb5194 onlyone laker fan in L.A.

    Barnes did that because hes trying to stay on a team for more than one season.
    Stan cant coach a YMCA team Van Gundy likes that kinda of stupid shit.
    Did even worry about these idiots they wont make it past the second round.
    Karma s a bitch when you screw with the Lakers.
    And having the a dumb coach only makes mateers worse.
    Stan is a idiot Players just ignore him in timeouts.

  • xtro

    i’m hoping there will be a rematch of finals this year, so we can punk barnes and the magic again.

  • Robert

    hahahaha!!! that’s very funny. what a joke!!!
    .
    …. what? he was serious? uh – oh
    .
    somebody better tell Matt Barnes he’s irrelevant

  • jordan farmar

    UCLA ! UCLA!

    • Robert

      UCLA rules the league!! Kareem, Bill Walton, Reggie Miller, etc. etc. …. and now Kevin Love, Baron Davis, Ryan Hollins, Darren Collison, Russel Westbrook, of course Jordan Farmar, Ariza, Luc Mbah a Moute, Aaron Afflalo (yeah, Kobe punked him, but … ) etc. etc. ….
      .
      … did I leave anyone out?

  • kevin 0

    i wonder why bad players like to talk crap about really good players
    deshawn stevenson talked about lebron
    raja, barnes many others about kobe
    divac about shaq
    common just shut up and play dont fuel your opponent who is clearly 100 better than you this guys should play smarter.

    • http://www.facebook.com/thejahjah Green Flannel

      vlade was actually good.

  • iiTzDanny

    Keep Talkin Shit Sorry Ass Barnes watch wen Kobe Nuttz a J over yo Lame Ass

  • TheLAKERSwon09

    Barns needs to pull that Di-ck our of his A$$