PLAYA VISTA, CA -- Los Angeles Clippers' reserve forward Matt Barnes had an off-season he'll never forget.
Not because he was able to spend June, July and August celebrating an NBA title; his former team, the LA Lakers lost in the second round of the playoffs. Not because he agreed to a ginormous free agent deal with the Clips; he signed for the veteran's minimum of about 1.2 million dollars for one year. No, Matt Barnes' summer was unforgettable because he spent most of it fighting for a joband his freedom.
After the Lakers declined a chance to re-sign him following two seasons with the team, the NBA veteran was worried that he might be a man without a basketball home.
I went through some legal stuff this summer, that just got handled the other day, Barnes said in a relieved voice on Clippers' media day. It was a mess and a joke and none of it was true. Everything (said about) me was bad; that I was drunk, and this and that. Perception is everything and so I just had to sit back...