Originally written on Laker Nation  |  Last updated 11/10/14
Matt-barnes-participates
Photo Credit: NBA.comMatt Barnes’ time with LA was apparently not an ideal situation for him. Barnes, now with the Clippers, was recently attributed to being a large part of the Clippers’ success as of late. Currently coming off a 17 game win streak, the Clippers seem next to unstoppable, and Barnes has been a big part of their success. An NBA executive even was caught saying that The Clippers are doing so well because:“Matt Barnes is playing out of his mind.”I wish NBA executives would have been saying these sort of things when he played for the Lakers. Unfortunately they didn’t, and Barnes feels it was because he was misused on The Lakers. Barnes was alerted of this comment and he had this to say regarding it:“I’ve been working hard these past few summers.  Last year, playing with the Lakers, I was told when I could shoot. If I made mistakes, I’d come out of the game,” said Barnes.  “This year [Coach] Vinny [Del Negro] has installed a lot of trust in me.  He lets me go out there and play my game. If I mess up, he still sticks with me and that goes a long way with any player.”I suppose the trust issue with The Lakers was a big problem for Barnes as he felt he should have had more trust to do different things on the court. Currently, Barnes is averaging 11 points per game on 50% shooting, much better numbers compared to his 7.8 PPG on 45% shooting with The Lakers. Barnes had more to say regarding his time in a Laker uniform, and more about Barnes’ interview can be found here.“Coach [Del Negro] has confidence in me; that’s all I need,” said Barnes.  “I can play.  I’ve just been stuck in a bad situation for a little while.”And there it is, Matt Barnes rips his former team by saying it was a bad situation. It may not have been the greatest of situations, but I wouldn’t call it a bad one.  Barnes is known for these type of comments and I’m not surprised he spit this latest one out. It’s unfortunate to think that Barnes didn’t like or appreciate his time with The Lakers, but he is no longer a member of The Laker locker room and no longer someone to worry about.The post Matt Barnes Was “Stuck” with Lakers appeared first on Laker Nation.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Wolves trade Corey Brewer to the Rockets

Yankees trade Prado to Marlins for Eovaldi in 5-player deal

Brandon Browner fined $8K for throwing Brandon Gibson to turf

Report: Sharper, NFLers called spiked drinks 'horny juice'

Rex Ryan: My wife could coach Tom Brady

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jim Harbaugh won in laser tag by 'hunting' 10-year-old kid

Eddie Lacy is ‘very blind,’ refuses to wear goggles

Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI, gets probation

NFL scouts not in love with Amari Cooper?

Report: No teams interested in trading for Lance Stephenson

It is not Chip Kelly's fault if Eagles miss playoffs

Video: Grizzlies buy car for assistant who had his stolen

Video: LeBron takes pass to the face from Dion Waiters

New video of Ray Rice incident emerges

President Obama calls James Franco “James Flacco”

NBA games of the weekend: Rondo's Dallas debut, Bulls-Grizz

Tuscaloosa students will have two days off if Bama plays in National Championship

Brady scares the **** out of his teammates celebrating

Longhorn Network’s yule log? Five hours of BEVO

Will a Chiefs WR finally catch a TD in Week 16?

Jon Lester and the Cubs

The Toronto Raptors reveal their new logo

Things Johnny Manziel, Browns can do to avoid a bad repeat

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Phelps gets probation for DUI

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.