With news of Derek Fisher reportedly wanting to get back into the NBA to play next year, rather than coach, you can’t help but think of what Matt Barnes would feel about that. It was last summer when Barnes attacked Fisher for hanging out at the house he owned because he had started dating Barnes’ ex-wife, Gloria Govan. The two faced each other last season but in the form of player vs coach when the Knicks played the Grizzlies but if Fisher actually plays next year you have to think Barnes would at least consider taking him out. He talked about the incident from last summer and the respect it earned him from other men who would’ve done the same thing.


“To be honest with you, whether the NBA fines me or not, I’m a man and I’m gonna do what a man’s gonna do,” the 6-foot-7 swingman said Wednesday on “Brown and Scoop” on CBS Radio’s Play.it.

“I’m a man and to me that was 100 percent wrong, so I reacted on it. So that doesn’t make me a bad person. I think any real man would’ve done the same thing that I did.”

I don’t think most men would disagree with anything Barnes did and to be honest, most of us would have wanted to inflict more damage. Some of those guys told Barnes how much they respected what he did. “I got a lot of respect for it from men, from the NFL, Major League baseball, rappers, every player that you can think of, referees, GMs, owner, all said the same thing,” Barnes said. He added, “It was a bad situation and I did what I did,” he said, before suggesting he should’ve gotten away with it scott-free”.

Barnes is with the Sacramento Kings now and is ready to just move past all the drama from last year. “Like I said, I handled it like a man and it should have ended there, I shouldn’t have gotten told on and snitched on and all this other kind of stuff, but it is what it is and it’s in the past now. My ex and I have moved past it. Our goal is to raise our kids and make sure that they’re happy.”

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