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Wednesday And-1 links: Iman Shumpert has a new Knicks anthem


Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points.

• That would be Iman Shumpert’s new Knicks anthem. Good to see he’s keeping busy during knee rehab.

Beer prices are going up at NBA arenas. Hey, those poor struggling owners have to make a buck somewhere.

• Austin Rivers has struggled as a rookie, and as they note At The Hive, not in an “oh, all rookies are going to struggle” kind of way. They break it down and it’s not pretty.

• Matt Bonner in a high school dunk contest. Need I say more.

• Kevin Love was a great interview on TrueHoopTV.

• Ben Wallace says he is not retired and wants to play agin.

• The NBA has had 1 billion — yes, with a “B” — YouTube hits on its channel.

• Check out the decline in the number of 50 point games by players in recent years. Tom Ziller tries to figure out why.

• Everyone in Dallas sounds like the old Lakers — “Derrick Fisher really brings some intangibles to the team and the game.” I think he has brought 30.3 percent shooting and bad defense so far. But the Mavs are 4-1 in their last five and Fish will get credit for that. Deserved or not.

• Hedo Turkoglu remains out indefinitely. A nation shrugs.

A great look by Tom Ziller at the divided Maloof family and what that ultimately means in Sacramento.

• A fun Q&A with the legendary Hall of Famer Bob Pettit, talking Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and more.

Could the Miami Heat bring in Eddie House? Stranger things have happened, but not many.

• Some interesting looks at the potential design for a new Seattle arena.

• The Bobcats cut Cory Higgins. His father Rod is a Bobcats executive. Awkward.

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.