Friday, December 23rd, 2011 at 10:30 am  |  24 responses

Matt Barnes Doesn’t Like the Clippers’ Post-Dunk Celebrations

Let’s just say that Lakers’ forward Matt Barnes isn’t buying into the Lob City hype, sounding salty when discussing the Clippers’ actions after throwing down dunks on people’s heads. From the LA Times: “It’s a preseason game,’ Barnes said after Thursday’s practice at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. ‘Yeah, they’re catching lobs and dunking. But it’s just a preseason game. Let’s just play basketball. If you make a dunk, act like you’ve done it before. He’s got hundreds of them. There’s no need for the hoorah after every single dunk. It’s unnecessary.’ Lakers forward Pau Gasol made similar claims after the game Wednesday, accusing the Clippers of flopping. Gasol refused to name anyone personally. But after seeing Griffin fall after his initial push and an offensive foul late in the game, Barnes didn’t mince words. ‘One of the best athletes I’ve ever seen,’ Barnes said of Griffin. ‘But all the flopping is unnecessary. That’s the way he plays and it works. They called it so you can’t be mad at him for it.’ In fact, the Lakers appeared very mad because of it. Gasol, Barnes and Josh McRoberts often played with Griffin contentiously any time he touched the ball. Last season, Griffin irked Lamar Odom because he physically fought for a rebound in the waning seconds of a blowout game [...] ‘I don’t think they were necessarily rubbing it in,’ Barnes said of the Clippers. ‘I just think they’re excited about their season, which they should be. They got a very taleneted team. But just play basketball.’”

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  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com/ Seth

    I don’t like Matt Barnes.

  • Daniel

    Matt Barnes – you mad bro?

  • LA Huey

    Like I say about the NFL, “If you don’t like seeing guys doing TD celebrations, don’t let them in the end zone.” In the NBA, it’s even easier – If you don’t like them dunking on you, you have two options: play defense or just concede jumpshots and layups.

  • Jacob

    Matt Barnes is upset because opposing players were celebrating after dunking? “Just play basketball”? Just play better defense. If Barnes dunked on a Clipper, how would he react? Since when is Matt Barnes a spokesman for sportsmanship?

  • D. Cole

    Pau accusing other people of flopping??!! that’s rich!

  • shutup

    I love when athletes express personality, vince carter was great at this, Shawn Kemp was another great after dunk celebrator. I dont see what the problem is if they allowed Dikembe to wave his finger as long as its not at another player people should be able to express themselves, like stromile swift used to do with his birdman ish or Karl malone with the hand behind the head layup, or MJ with the holding the pose. Does Matt Barnes not like it when Kobe sits there hopping on one leg after a made jumper?

  • fruizm

    matt barnes needs a better haircut before he starts making comments about ANYTHING.

  • T-Money

    there is nothing smaller than complaining about excessive celebration… if you don’t like it, YOU have the power to make it stop. i remember when brady was going wild with randy moss running up scores and some players would complain… stop b-tching about it and stop them! if you can’t stop them, keep quiet!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Is this cat serious? Laker players and fans are already catching feelings with anything that has to do with the clippers and it’s only the preseason.

  • Fred

    Gasol accusing people of flopping… it’s like if Garnett accuse other players of being too intense.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Matt just mad cause he can’t slap Griffin and Jordan around like he does summer league players, and girlfriends!

  • Jono

    How Gasol called Griffin a flopper? What’s next? Bynum calling Howard injury-prone?

  • angus

    SMFH matt, so its BAD to get the fans excited? so players shouldnt go out and have fun and bring excitement to there teamates and fans? what a loser, all the lakers are these days, matt is a tool!

  • From Out of Nowhere

    I think Matt Barnes would like some French Cries with his Waahburger.

  • Ldub20

    I believe the Clips were excited, they wanted to get their fans excited as well. Celebrations will definitely do that after a huge play. Lakers are upset they didnt get Paul (as they should be). But at the end of the day, it is just basketball, and the celebrations are apart of it.

  • LA Huey

    Also, as a fan. I want the players to go hard until the end. I understand the coach pulling the starters if the game’s been decided but I want those bench players to play as if the game is still in the balance.

  • C Da Tyrant

    from da bipolar punk who just up and pushed blake for no blake for no reason? tell him to pull his skirt back down n grow a set man.

  • nick

    i was looking at the highlights, and they weren’t even celebrating that much..maybe just deandre jordan, but that’s about it. matt barnes needs to watch the tape again…unless he just wanted to forget the loss

  • j.r #36

    your a hater fish hook.. mad u got beasted on ow?

  • http://yahoo Vic Lebardo

    What Matt Barnes cannot do with his physical talent, he makes up for it with his mouth. Well, anyway, a new sheriff’s in town. Get used to it.

  • Heals

    Used to like his mentality before, but now it just seems like the guy gets too caught up in what his opponent is doing instead just doing his thing like his GState days. Cause we all know that Warriors crew didn’t celebrate much right…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Double J

    if any of you watched that game you would see the excessive flops that griffin was performing… i’m an LA fan till i die and i know gasol will overplay a couple rough post-ups but dang… griff took it to another level

  • http://slamonline.com Fut.

    ^ We got a Laker fanboy up in here

  • Mar

    Gasol accusing Griffin of flopping is like Bryant accusing Tiger Woods of infidelity!