Monday, March 8th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  79 responses

Lamar Odom Calls Matt Barnes ‘a Monkey’

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Things got testy between the Lakers and Magic yesterday in Orlando, as the home team walked away with a hard-fought victory. Afterward, the salty Lakers were asked for their thoughts on Matt Barnes — who had gotten into it time and again with Kobe Bryant.

Bryant predictably laughed off the Magic’s defensive stopper, but teammate Lamar Odom did not hesitate to express how he truly felt about Barnes.

Taking a page out of Rick Ross’s rhyme book, Odom called a Matt Barnes a monkey. The OC Register asked L.O. for some clarification on the diss:

Odom yelled out that Barnes was “a monkey,” adding: “He picked the right game to act tough.” Later, after most reporters had left him, I asked Odom for clarification on that “monkey” comment. Odom said it referenced rapper Rick Ross calling 50 Cent “a monkey” in their rivalry.

“That’s an inside joke,” Odom said. “The rappers that are feuding with each other, Rick Ross and 50 Cent … they’re feuding with each other. That’s an inside joke with this team. Matt Barnes is a cool dude. If I call him a monkey, I don’t mean it. If I call him a superhero or a wrestling figure, I don’t mean it.

“He did what he had to do. He played a great game. He got the crowd involved. Basketball’s entertaining, as well. He did a great job for his team today.”

All’s fair in love and war, and basketball mini-feuds.

For his part, Barnes was cool and collected following the game, and local reporters were praising his play and demanding that the Magic give him a raise, and soon. Following his performance yesterday, the front-office in Orlando might not have any other choice.

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  • underdog

    Can’t wait the playoffs.

  • silverselectjd

    Cool game, especially when Barnes tried to ball fake it into Kobe’s face and Mamba didnt even flinch

  • tom

    Matt Barnes gets his team and the crowd involved. plus, it´s fun to watch :)

  • riggs

    no lamar that would be your wife.

  • riggs

    also love the flip-flopping after the media left, laker tradition right there.

  • Ken

    Yeah, my first thought was also: “who did you marry this summer, Lamar?”

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/farmer-jones/ Ryan Jones


  • vtrobot

    ha ha, riggs. she’s more gorilla than monkey though.

  • jumpman3224

    One question tho. I was watching yesterday’s game at a BDay party so I had no volume for most of it. I thought that Barnes got a double technical (with Bryant) after Barnes got in his face at a deadball. Then I thought he got a second one for again getting in Bryant’s face after a dunk. Is that correct? If so shouldnt he have gotten ejected?

  • http://myspace.com/mcnarrative Kieran

    Nice to see Lamar be his usual mature self. God I hate that guy

  • letsmotor

    as someone who hates kobe, i gotta say, it was pretty bad ass that he didn’t even blink when matt barnes pretended to throw it at his face.

    in other news, i still hate lamar odom.

  • http://Slamonline.com Mvp23100

    I got a new respect for matt he showed heart and didnt care who he was going at the magic need some of that their kinda soft and lakers are softer 12-30 maybe thats why pau and the supporting cast cant find a rythm

  • http://alimartin07@yahoo.com Ali

    I love this shi*…Bout time something interesting happens within an NBA game. If you didn’t enjoy Kobe & Matt Barnes going at each other, check your pulse. Playoff intensity baby! Question is can both teams make it back to the Finals. Road for the Lakers to repeat will be rough, ditto for Orlando. Matt Barnes and Orlando won that battle. Best believe Kobe won’t forget that game.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Chimpanzee that! Monkey news. Sh*t.

  • http://alimartin07@yahoo.com Ali

    Somebody call up Rick Fox…I think Rick would get Matt, Hahaha…..

  • Nawlins Realest.

    looool riggs……but yeah, it was so sick when kobe didnt even flinch.

  • jumpman3224

    12-30 isn’t ideal. But the rest of the team as a whole did worse. I didnt think it was one of the games in which Kobe shoots too much and because of that everyone gets out of sync. I felt like it was more everyone was out of sync and thats why Kobe had to shoot a lot. His teammates were missing plenty of shots when he was resting and during the stretches when he didnt take many shots.

  • http://courtcred.com coop

    LO is funny and sometimes I think he just does this for publicity. By the way, if you are looking for entertainment. This kid Ryan Harrow will be the next fan pleaser in the NBA. Check out is vid diary: http://www.courtcred.com/2010/03/ryan-harrow-welcome-to-my-world-episode-3/

  • kh

    I was amazed that Kobe didn’t react or flinch when Barnes faked the ball at his face. I don’t even think Kobe blinked!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    MVP would have new respect for Barnes lol… what a ball licker!

  • Logues

    James: you’re the ultimate ball licker, and you said that on another post, ya ball licker

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Logues … this one is for you … “Anyone who wants to be a can’t-hack-it pantywaist who wears their mama’s bra, raise your hand. ” You an MVP just raised your hand!!

  • jumpman3224

    Love the sandlot allusion.

  • http://slamonline.com mvp23100

    James got his panties in a bunch because his boo was getting pushed around you probably like your squad soft as charmin

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    im no fakers fan either but IT WAS GANGSTA not even blinking to that ball fake to the face by Barnes…

  • Kevin

    Did you even read his comments? LO was giving Barnes his props! It was all in gest and being blown out of proportion! LO is a good dude!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    If Barnes is a monkey, Khloe is a retarded baboon.

  • riggs

    Did james just call someone else a ball licker? holy crap this coming from the guy where you dont know where kobe’s a*s stops and his face begins.

  • http://cool_breeze_101@hotmail.com ThaDuke52


  • SylVain

    Why are people on this message board catching feelings? Barnes wanted to get to Kobe. But Kobe still had 34 points. He just wanted to get a feel for Kobe the whole game. He did play good defense but overall, Kobe will get his buckets.

  • Marty McFly

    If Khloe is a retarded baboon, that makes Lamar a retarded baboon lover.

  • vmcb

    Kobe not flinching when Barnes faked the ball in his face was nuts. Even I flinched, and I was sitting six feet away from a 30″ screen.

  • Rob

    L.O.is a cool guy, relax people. I’m sure Kobe enjoyed the challenge, that’s what he lives for, Matt was definitely playing without fear, not only he tried hard to stop Kobe defensively, but he also shot that crucial 3 pointer, Kobe was mad as f*ck after Barnes made that shot. That’s what the Orlando Magic needed, a tougher attitude. I like that. @silverselectjd Kobe not even blinking was really cool. That’s cold, almost frozen blood right there.

  • http://www.twofistedpress.com Pve84

    Matt barnes not getting ejected after he dunked on/near Kobe was quite the question mark.

  • Pete

    LOL, @ the little school girls bringing in LO’s wife. Grow up and have a decent conversation!

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    That was a great game.. Once Anti-Mike stops regressing to his caveman #8 days and starts facilitating the offense through his talented teamates, no on is gonna beat them in the playoffs. But thats only if that happens. And yeah, if you add those 2 technicals he caught, Matt had 9 fouls called on him yesterday.

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay


  • http://Www.twitter.com Darksaber

    Cosign letsmotor & vmcb. That was a badass moment for mambiatch. Zero reaction, Barnes musta felt like fool for split second there.

  • Papa Smurf

    Great game. I didn’t even care who won. I was just happy to see teams playing with heart and getting after each other.

  • J-City

    Matt Barnes reminds me of a scrub that tries to get double ejections of him and the opposing star player. He tried to do the same with Pierce. Very smart though. Not having Kobe vs not having Barnes in the game… Hmm… tough one.

  • unrel

    good game.. playoff hoops.. the techs were a bit much.. and they let barnes go a bit too far with some antics.. cause for me.. it got tiresome to watch after awhile.. cause it was obvious he was just trying to get kobe heated.. and that ain’t basketball.. i don’t care what people say.. and kobe’s foot on the line for that 3 made us all forget about VC’s choke at the FT line.. VC won’t be bailed out in the playoffs.. overall magic was more deserving and the lakers need to start the game like how they finish them.. as far as the ‘monkey’ comment.. who cares.. he said it’s an inside joke amongst the team.. but i can’t imagine morrison bumping rick ross..

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Surprisingly a lot of hate for Matt Barnes and none for Kobe. I’m shocked.

  • 6marjons

    kobe played well with that defense on him from matt barnes but the rest of the team cant handle kobe getting a little rough, he enjoys that if anything the rest of the team should just let kobe sort out his problems he dont need a bodyguard he needs a decent team to keep cool when things get a little rough.
    great game to watch good on matt barnes and the magic

  • don

    i like barnes on my team, (suns), wonder why he’s no longer a sun.

  • LA Huey

    There’s a difference between flinching and reacting. Props to Mamba for not reacting but we shouldn’t give him credit for not flinching.

  • http://fjkld.com Jukai

    Don: They didn’t want to pay him, plain and simple. Barnes was actually quite upset he left the Suns, saying it was a lot of fun and he missed it.

  • JD

    Couldn’t he com up with a better insult?

  • http://missjia.com meloMan2.0

    James is by far the biggest ball licker on this site… but even i have to admit, i was impressed with Kobe for not flinching

  • BostonBaller

    It was entertaining. I’m sure if it were Artest or Garnett instead of Barnes they would be getting blasted here. lol.

  • http://missjia.com meloMan2.0

    @jumpman: the tech when Barnes dunked and got in kobes face was actually called on howard… look on youtube

  • jumpman3224

    thanks meloMan2.0! will do.

  • jumpman3224

    I just watched it. TBrothers did give it to Howard apparently for saying something about a foul on his shot miss. I was surprised though because Barnes did the same exact thing he did early when he and Kobe got double technicals.

  • Silverselectjd

    @LA Huey why can’t he get props for not flinching? its human nature to flinch when something comes fast toward your face, and to not flinch when a guy your doing battle with puts the ball within millimeters from your face at pace, thats worthy of the same props as not reacting by smacking the guy in the mouth

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    The five buck box, it rocks

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Lamar doesnt realize that Cop Boss Ross lost the beef to Curley? God i hate all of them.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    you people hop from d!ck to d!ck like tarzan (not cooper) used to swing from tree vines. 1 second we all hate Kobe and want to do him in, the next we wonder how someone steps to a boss the way Matt Barnes did. Just saying.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    for those who don’t know or forget, matt barnes was played the exact same way for the warriors during their 07 playoff run, and he was instrumental to the teams’ success. he established his presence every time he was on the floor, whether it’s an athletic play in the lane, an energy play on the offensive board or on defense, or draining 3′s. he was probably just as “gangsta” as stack jax. you know you are balling when the warriors management decide to not keep you (see: every single player who blossom after leaving the warriors). also loved that JVG said he’d take his chance with barnes open for 3′s, and barnes drained the clutch 3 the next time down the floor.

  • deafshooter

    People! Matt Barnes may be dirty but if you watch the reaply of when Barnes dunks and his legs come close, Kobe shoves him and then when Barnes landed Kobe gave him another shove that wasn’t needed. What was annoying was the Howard- Gasol play fight. The two of them are wrestling and people say Howard should have gotten the T. Quite frankly, if you give them both T’s its equal. Did Gasol get called for a flagrant foul? oh yeah the highlight of the night has to be Odom screwing up his dunk! XD

  • Papa Smurf

    albie1kenobi has the best line on here:

    “you know you are balling when the warriors management decide to not keep you ”

    I’m still laughing.

  • T-Money

    Phoenix never pays. / Kobe is getting suspicious with the whole raising his arms thing and pretending nothing happened when in fact he often gives a little nudge to the guy. I ain’t mad though, take whatever you can get. / Did Kobe clearly see the ball fake? I just have a hard time picturing how can someone NOT flinch from that close unless he knew the ball fake was coming or didn’t really see the ball fake until it was done.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That was a good game! Who gives a f*ck if a player is dirty? Matt Barnes was only doing what D Fish, Kobe, and LO do ALL THE TIME. That’s what the NBA needs more of–when you set a screen, f*ck somebody up! Be physical!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Pau Gasol and Howard getting tangled up was great. Pau played the better game, too…

  • LA Huey

    @Silverselectjd, flinching is an associative reflex that is greatly influenced by a perceived threat. Kobe’s been rushed by Artest (who definitely has a rep to inspire a reflex) and we saw how he reacted. And remember Mamba’s response to getting effing clotheslined? I guess my comment was a reaction to everyone going bananas over his not giving an ish about Matt Barnes. It’s like if people were making several comments about how they were impressed about Kobe winning a game on a cherry-picked layup, considering that we’ve seen all the game-winning Js Mamba’s made….and as T-Money noted, did he even see it. Mamba was totally in a don’t-give-ish-stance.

  • ab_40

    LO got put on a poster by gortat and the only person he has back home is an it. After he left miami I lost most of the respect for him as a player that I had when he was a youngster with the clips. Him and Tmac were some of my favorite players growing up before that it was pip. but hey this was a great game. And can someone please check the lakers their record vs denver, orlando, boston and cleveland aka the contenders. Dallas is cool but their more like an atlanta a great team who kills in their confrence but is almost a certainty to be out of the playoffs in the second round of the playoffs. I don’t care how much tough juice brings to the table

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe could care less about this overrated player, The warriors didn’t even want him no more. He is trying to make a name for himself, like Raja Bell did and lived on it for about three years after. Matt Barnes has never been talked about this much in the media. Even PTI started out with this crap. Barnes just costed his team, wait till they meet again. Trust me the NBA will fix him, and I promise you he fouls out next game. Kobe didn’t see Barnes as a threat, plus Kobe to me knew this guy was trying to make a name for himself. This will keep Barnes on the Orlando roster for two more years and he will now be consider a defensive stopper. Funny because he is a role player, that can’t play D.

  • rand33p

    not flinching = gangstER

  • Jon

    am i the only one who thinks mbenga is the only dude in the nba that looks like a monkey. no one else should be called that word (unless they physically look like the primape).

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Jamison suffers knee injury …

  • jerson

    f*** you odom

  • MikeC.

    I’m going into grumpy old man mode here, and I apologize to one and all if this comes off as dickish. Can all posters please check for grammar, spelling mistakes and typos before clicking ‘submit’? Misplaced punctuation, typos and spelling errors can undermine an excellent point, or completely change the intent of the point. I enjoy reading all the differing points of view here at SLAMONLINE, but the spelling and grammar errors drive me nuts(not to say that I’m perfect, there are almost certainly grammar errors in my own post). Understandably, there will be typos and missed commas during the heat of battle. Props to those who correct themselves(I see you Spaceship Jay @ 12:37). Let’s all take a few seconds to re-read our ports before we click ‘submit’. We don’t need poor grammar here. We’re all better than that.

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  • http://Www.twitter.com Darksaber

    I don’t post “ports”.

  • therighttoremainsalient

    MikeC – Can I get you to go ahead and re-read your posts before you press submit? Thanks, yeah you didn’t leave a space between the word nuts and the bracket… your a hypocritical kobelover and you can understand easily what someones comment is inferring without having to get all english prof. up in here…

  • therighttoremainsalient

    …and the ‘ports’… epic. post. failure.

  • D12FSU

    someone said barnes cant play D…..THATS ALL HE DOES. I watch every magic game and Barnes has pretty much taken over courtney lee’s duties on the team…spot up 3 and guard teams best wing to start. Also, barnes is the only one on the magic who ever does an off the ball cut….seriously everyone else stands around the 3. That wasnt barnes’ best game as a magic, but it was certainly his most entertaining, and everyone here in orlando loved it

  • MikeC.

    Thanks for pointing out my own typos. I guess I made my own point for myself. I have to stop climbing up on my high horse when I’m drunk, and pay attention to my own idiot ramblings before I go off on someone else.

  • chintao

    First he marries the UGLY Kardashian, now this “monkey” business. It’s becoming difficult to justify my continued support for Lamar….

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6BPET45UBZQPK6ZJMBKZZTB5BI Zona

    I know that Lamar Ugly did not say that. Maybe he was looking at a picture of his wife.