Matt Barnes

Lance Stephenson: Clippers ‘missing that guy that’s tough and doesn’t bow down to no one’


The Clippers have been pretty good the last four seasons, going 40-26, 56-26, 57-25 and 56-26 the last four seasons. But they’ve also won only one, zero, one and one playoff series in that span.

What do they need to get over the hump?

Newly acquired Clippers guard Lance Stephenson, via Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

“They’re just missing that guy that’s tough and doesn’t bow down to no one,” Stephenson said of the Clippers.

I suppose Stephenson thinks he’s that guy.

But I don’t think the Clippers had a huge need for that guy. Matt Barnes, traded for Stephenson, was pretty tough. So is Chris Paul. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have made huge gains in that area.

The Clippers need a better bench. More to the point, they need Stephenson to play closer to his final season with the Pacers than his lone season with the Hornets. If he does, he’ll provide a huge boost as a reserve.

Stephenson’s toughness is a nice asset and a big part of who he is. But his productivity is questionable – and that’s what the Clippers really need.

The could also use someone who doesn’t alienate his new teammates by saying they aren’t tough enough. I’m not sure Stephenson is off to the best start.

If he plays well, though, I’m sure everyone will forgive and forget.

Rihanna wants you to know, whatever Matt Barnes suggests, they’re not dating


Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes responded to rumors he and Rihanna are dating by implying they’re dating.


It didn’t take Rihanna long to shoot that down:

Matt Barnes ready to “foul the beep” out of DeAndre Jordan when Grizzlies, Clippers meet


Matt Barnes is the kind of player you love when he is on your team but hate when he is on the other side.

Clipper fans are going to get a taste of that next season. For the past three seasons, Barnes has brought his intense, physical style of play to the Clippers (who needed it, they had been seen as soft at times). His sons were a fixture in the Clippers locker room.

This summer he got traded (to Charlotte, which moved him on to Memphis).

Barnes warned former Clipper teammate DeAndre Jordan that once the ball goes up he is not going to play nice, reports the Los Angeles Times.

“I told him, ‘Even though we’re good friends, I’m still going to foul the beep out of you when we play,'” Barnes recalled Tuesday during his introductory news conference in Memphis. “That’s just the kind of player I am. There’s no hard feelings…

“Basically coming from the enemy and now they’re the enemy,” Barnes said of the Clippers, “my kids are a little confused still. I have twin boys and they’re just like, ‘So, Daddy, do you not like DeAndre, Chris [Paul] and Blake [Griffin] no more?’ And I’m like, ‘No, they’re still my friends, it’s just they’re my enemy when the ball goes up.'”

That’s vintage Barnes. He is a perfect fit in for the “grit and grind” style of the Grizzlies. That’s the only way he knows how to play.

If you are looking for a team where it’s an advantage to foul them, the Clippers are the prime example with Jordan and now Josh Smith on the roster — Jordan shot 39.7 percent from three last season, Smith 49.8 percent. Hack-a-Clipper will be a near nightly occurrence. Television executives may want to allow an extra 30 minutes for each Clippers game because of how slow it will go with the parade to the free throw line.

The style of play is not the only reason Barnes fits in along Beale Street — he shot 36.2 percent from three last season. The Grizzlies desperately needs more threes to fall to open up the court.

Memphis will need Barnes’ toughness and shots from beyond the arc if they are going to seriously compete with the elite of the deep and improved Western Conference. An elite group that includes and improved Clippers roster even without Barnes.

Matt Barnes on Serge Ibaka: “He’s just dirty.”


Matt Barnes may not be with the Clippers anymore, but he hasn’t forgotten his old team’s battles with the Thunder — and some of the questionable plays made by Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. In a radio appearance in his new home of Memphis, Barnes didn’t mince words, outright accusing Ibaka of being a dirty player.

Putting aside the question of whether Matt Barnes has any room to call another player dirty, he has a point about Ibaka’s history with Griffin. Here’s the groin shot from a regular-season game in 2013:

And here’s the one from Game 4 of the Clippers-Thunder second-round series in 2014:

The first time the Thunder play Barnes’ Grizzlies next season is going to be fun.

Matt Barnes wants to fight Serge Ibaka again


There’s already bad blood between the Grizzlies and Thunder.

Adding Matt Barnes to the equation only intensifies things – especially with Serge Ibaka.

Barnes, who was traded to Memphis this summer, got into it with Ibaka in 2013 while playing for the Clippers:

Barnes’ bad feelings have not subsided.


Me and Serge can fight right now if he was here. I just don’t like him.

He’s get that air about him that he’s the toughest guy on the planet. He’s not.

Ibaka isn’t backing down, either: