Don’t expect warm words and tight embraces when Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher cross paths on Saturday night. In fact, don’t expect any words at all, at least from Barnes.
You probably remember one of the most bizarre stories from the NBA offseason when Barnes drove to Derek Fisher’s house to confront the Knicks coach about dating his ex-wife. The two reportedly got in a tussle, and the NBA recently issued a two-game suspension to Barnes as a result. On Saturday, the Knicks play the Grizzlies, which means Fisher and Barnes will be in the same vicinity for the first time since the suspension. According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Barnes wants nothing to do with Fisher – at least for now.
But the Grizzlies forward pledged to avoid his enemy during their match up Saturday, if only because he fears the Knicks coach will, to steal Barnes’ buzz word Thursday, “snitch.”
“I don’t talk to snakes,” Barnes told the Daily News.
“I know I got to keep my mouth shut because then he’ll run and tell,” Barnes said. “So we’re focused on playing that team (the Knicks). And when I’m retired, him and I will cross paths again.”
That doesn’t sound ominous or threatening at all! At least for now, though, both teams (and the league) can rest easy knowing that there won’t be anymore drama between Fisher and Barnes.