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PBT Thursday morning one liners

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Fantastic story from ESPN’s Rick Reilly (seriously) on Chris Paul and the murder of his grandfather.

LeBron James called knocking off the 76ers “finishing off their breakfast.” The quote that spawned 1,000 food metaphors around the Web. Lunch is going to be a lot tougher to swallow, by the way.

LeBron should talk food with Trail Blazers GM Rich Cho, who is a real foodie.

David Stern taking Kings and a potential move.

Great photo from The Onion showing what Shaq has been up to with all his time off.

Danilo Gallinari and a YouTube add getting a lot of buzz.

Golden State’s owners say they have no budget limit for hiring a new coach. Right.

The Internet Basketball Awards (from Basketball-Prospectus).

Rajon Rondo talking playoffs.

Like all superstars, Carmelo Anthony expects to have some input on player/personnel moves by the Knicks.

Quincy Douby has been killing it in China, averaging 34.6 points per game in the finals.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.