It looks like the strain between Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher is far from loosening up. Ahead of Barnes’ Memphis Grizzlies match against the New York Knicks on Saturday (Jan. 16), the 35-year-old pro-athlete shared his thoughts on being in the same vicinity as Fisher once again.
“I know I got to keep my mouth shut because then he’ll run and tell. So we’re focused on playing that team (the Knicks),” he told the New York Daily News. “And when I’m retired, him and I will cross paths again.”
The former teammates’ were at odds late last year when Fisher was reportedly getting close with Barnes’ ex-wife Gloria Govan. Once Barnes heard of the suspected pair’s meet-up, he reportedly made a bee-line for their location where Barnes and Fisher allegedly engaged in a physical match.
When was asked by reporters if he’d like to see the league discipline Fisher as well, he replied, “I never wish for another man’s downfall. I always knew the NBA would come down hard on me, so I wasn’t surprised…Cause I’m the bad guy.”
Towards the end of 2015, Barnes posted a lengthy Instagram post on his lowest points, summing up the statement with “lesson learned.”
Thank God For 2016! 2015 hands down was the worst year of my life! * *Lost the women I loved,the mother of my kids, my Dogg.. I had to walk away from the only thing I’ve wanted, MY OWN FAMILY! “They call that karma” *To being traded away from a team & city I love! “They call that the business” *Lied on by a pop star Who’s lucky I stuck to the script & didn’t expose her lien ass Funny thing about texts & pics is they DONT LIE! “I Guess” “They call that getting played” *Last BUT NOT LEAST… Being stuck in the “triangle offense” w my ex & snitch, I mean former teammate & friend.. Who went behind my back, messed w my ex, got caught, got dealt w for being a snake, then ran & told the Police & NBA.. Instead of taken that ass whoopin like a man & kept it moving….! WHERE THEY DO THAT AT? Guess cause I didn’t SNITCH, I get a 2 game suspension by the league “They call that LIFE” WHEN IT RAINED, IT POURED in 15 All this played out like a bad reality show, a nightmare, for your amusement & entertainment! For you to critique, make fun of, crack jokes & laugh about.. “What I shoulda did” or what “y’all would have done” Hmmmm… I say all this not for sympathy, because I had a hand in all the bad $h!t that happened.. I was never perfect in my relationship, I didn’t see eye to eye w my head coach.. I was warned SEVERAL times about ole girl & I introduced love ones to people who I “thought were FRIENDS”… Lesson Learned!! This is for all of you who had a F@#%ed up year… To let you know I’m right there w you, We In this together! Everyone has ups & downs in this game called LIFE… It gets better…. “I think” Hahaa nah it does, trust me! — -Remember God gives his toughest battles to his strongest soldiers!!! -Stay positive, hold ya head, tighten your circle & stick to your instincts.. -It’s not about how many times you fall down, it’s about how many times you get up! Heres to freeing your hands of all the bullshit of 2015 & preparing for the blessing God has in store for us all in 2016! HAPPY NEW YEAR, LOVE #THEBADGUY