Matt Barnes on Derek Fisher incident: “Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is”


What, you thought the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher saga was going away?

With the Knicks in Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Saturday, interest was higher than ever in the offseason fight between the Knicks coach and Grizzlies forward, which stemmed from Fisher’s relationship with Barnes’ estranged wife and eventually led to a two-game suspension for Barnes. Asked about it at shootaround, Barnes didn’t hold back.

Via the New York Daily News:

“No, every man who looks at the situation knows what’s right and wrong. Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is,” he said. “And unfortunately, it happened. I don’t regret it. Like, man to man knows who’s wrong and who’s right. The NBA decided to step in and did what they did. But it is what it is.”

Barnes also cautioned Fisher not to try to talk to him during the game. Whatever happens between the two tonight will probably be more interesting than the matchup itself.