Matt Barnes’ time with LA was apparently not an ideal situation for him. Barnes, now with the Clippers, was recently attributed to being a large part of the Clippers’ success as of late. Currently coming off a 17 game win streak, the Clippers seem next to unstoppable, and Barnes has been a big part of their success. An NBA executive even was caught saying that The Clippers are doing so well because:
“Matt Barnes is playing out of his mind.”
I wish NBA executives would have been saying these sort of things when he played for the Lakers. Unfortunately they didn’t, and Barnes feels it was because he was misused on The Lakers. Barnes was alerted of this comment and he had this to say regarding it:
“I’ve been working hard these past few summers. Last year, playing with the Lakers, I was told when I could shoot. If I made mistakes, I’d come out of the game,” said Barnes. “This year [Coach] Vinny [Del Negro] has installed a lot of trust in me. He lets me go out there and play my game. If I mess up, he still sticks with me and that goes a long way with any player.”
I suppose the trust issue with The Lakers was a big problem for Barnes as he felt he should have had more trust to do different things on the court. Currently, Barnes is averaging 11 points per game on 50% shooting, much better numbers compared to his 7.8 PPG on 45% shooting with The Lakers. Barnes had more to say regarding his time in a Laker uniform, and more about Barnes’ interview can be found here.
“Coach [Del Negro] has confidence in me; that’s all I need,” said Barnes. “I can play. I’ve just been stuck in a bad situation for a little while.”
And there it is, Matt Barnes rips his former team by saying it was a bad situation. It may not have been the greatest of situations, but I wouldn’t call it a bad one. Barnes is known for these type of comments and I’m not surprised he spit this latest one out. It’s unfortunate to think that Barnes didn’t like or appreciate his time with The Lakers, but he is no longer a member of The Laker locker room and no longer someone to worry about.