Grizzlies' Barnes expresses frustrations about tough 2015
Jan. 01, 2016
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes has expressed his frustration on social media about 2015, what he describes as "the worst year of his life."
Barnes, who is serving a two-game suspension for what the NBA has described as a "physical altercation" with New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher, posted on Instagram: "Thank God For 2016!"
Barnes, 35, posted the message "Success happens when you survive all of your mistakes" on his account and wrote about how a former teammate "went behind my back, messed w/ my ex, got caught, got dealt w/ for being a snake, then ran & told the Police & NBA."
Barnes wrote on the post that he had to walk away from the only thing he's ever wanted, "MY OWN FAMILY." He noted that, "They call that karma." Barnes, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, also said he was traded from a city and team that he loved, writing, "They call that the business."
Grizzlies spokesman Jason Wallace declined comment on Barnes' post. Goodwin Sports Management, which represents Barnes, didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press in October an incident between Barnes and Fisher occurred while the Knicks coach attended a gathering at the home of Barnes' estranged wife, Gloria Govan. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no details were publicly released.
Fisher said he had no thoughts at all about Barnes' Instagram post when asked about it at New York's morning shootaround on Friday.
Redondo Beach police responded to an incident Oct. 3 but disclosed no information on the location or who was involved after finding no basis for criminal charges.
The 6-foot-7 Barnes' will conclude his suspension by sitting out Saturday night's game at Utah. He missed the team's 99-90 overtime victory over the Miami Heat on Tuesday.
The Grizzlies traded for Barnes on draft day in June. Barnes has played 33 games with the Grizzlies (18-16) and is averaging 8.6 points and five rebounds per game.
Fisher, 41, is in his second season with the Knicks after spending most of his playing career in Los Angeles.
AP Sports Writers Steve Megargee in Memphis, Tennessee, and Brian Mahoney in New York contributed to this report.