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Lakers F Barnes suspended 1 game for coach toss

Posted on: April 1, 2011 6:11 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 6:37 pm
Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes has been suspended for one game for tossing Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts to the ground.matt-barnesPosted by Ben Golliver.

On Thuesday, we noted a heated exchange occurred during the fourth quarter of a Los Angeles Lakers blowout victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Everything started when Mavericks guard Jason Terry shoved Lakers guard Steve Blake to the ground but things really got ugly when Lakers forward Matt Barnes got wrapped up in a bear hug by Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts. 

After attempting to extricate himself multiple times, Barnes eventually turned around and knocked Stotts to the ground, getting himself ejected and assuring himself of a suspension in the process.

On Friday, the NBA announced that Barnes would be suspended for one game without pay.
Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended one game without pay for escalating an on-court altercation and actions following his ejection, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. 
The incident occurred with 9:23 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 110-82  victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Staples Center on March 31. Barnes will serve his suspension tonight when the Lakers visit the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. 
Honestly, Barnes got off fairly easily here. Responding to a non-player involved in the scuffle sets a bad precedent and the NBA easily could have laid down the hammer given that Stotts was manhandled.

Barnes, for his part, was unapologetic. He took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to say he viewed the suspension as an "extra day of rest" for his knee and that the Mavericks could be beaten by being "punked." 
I get an extra day of rest for my knee. Ill be watching the game 2nite w/the rest of the laker fans, on tv. All good team will keep it Rolln 2nite vs the Jazz.. Ill be bak sunday.. Appreciate the support from all the lakeshow fans.. RESPECT!!
Also another thing NO ONES worried bout wat Jason Terry is talkn bout everyone remembers the 07 season Me & the Golden St homies laid out the blueprint on how to beat Dallas.. "PUNK'EM" Aint **** changed homey.. So enough w/the small talk
Well, after reading that I think it's clear that this suspension was completely meaningless. Something tells me we haven't heard the last of Barnes' antics this season.

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 2:32 pm

Lakers F Barnes suspended 1 game for coach toss

Very classy comments from some Mav's people who think Barnes was over penalized.  Shows that most fans are reasonable.

I agree Terry should have gotten a suspension; after the initial fouls, the shove was just plain assault and battery.  Barnes then did what he is paid to do and the refs did what they are paid to do.  Barnes gets suspended but helps get tighter calls on people roughing up the Lakers stars.

Stotts should get a warning that the can hold his OWN players but not the other team's.  That is instigation.

Since: Jul 7, 2007
Posted on: April 2, 2011 1:17 pm

Lakers F Barnes suspended 1 game for coach toss

I'm a Mavs fan and I have to agree with most of you here.  Terry is the only person who should have been suspended.  It was a punk move.  He was frustrated and acted like a punk.  I love him as a player, but that was wasn't right.  I also agree that Stotts had no business putting his hands on Barnes.  Barnes was walking towards his own bench...what was Stotts trying to keep him from doing?  Love the Mavs, but gotta call it as it was.....

Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 12:44 pm

Lakers F Barnes suspended 1 game for coach toss

With all due respect to Terry Stotts, worry about restraining your own players.  One can plainly see in the video that Barnes tries repeatedly to free himself from the bear hug that Stotts has around him.  His involvement was unnecessary and I find it laughable that Stu Jackson stated that Barnes escalated the incident when it was Stotts' involvement that caused it.  Memo to Mavericks coaching staff, you choked in a pivotal playoff positioning game and once the outcome was out of reach, your players resorted to " bush league " style antics.  No wonder Dallas is always a regular season bridesmaid.

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Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: April 2, 2011 11:20 am
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Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: April 2, 2011 10:52 am

Lakers F Barnes suspended 1 game for coach toss

The ONLY person who should have been suspended was Jason Terry. His shove could have seriously injured Steve Blake. What Jason Terry did was cheap and he should be suspended for it. All Matt Barnes was doing is what ANY player for ANY team would have done and stuck up for his teammate. The Dallas Maverick coach had no just cause to touch anyone, let alone a player from another team. Matt Barnes never turned and shoved him, he was trying to get out of the hold the coach had on him and the coach fell.

Since: Mar 29, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2011 3:40 am
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Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2011 10:53 pm

Lakers F Barnes suspended 1 game for coach toss

What game was this guy watching?  Barnes was bear hugged and kept saying "Get the fuck off of me" and then shook the guy off of him.  The suspension was BS.

Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: April 1, 2011 9:51 pm

Lakers F Barnes suspended 1 game for coach toss

Let em fight.  If there  is a blowout game, they can get the frustration out of their systems by beating on one another.  In football and hockey they can hit each other.  In baseball the pitcher can throw at the batter. In basketball they just seem to paw and slap each other.  Give 'em a chance to beef it out on the floor.  There is nothing like a broken jaw to stop the trash talking. On the other hand , the Dallas assistant coach should have just watched the action and let the game officials break it up.  The NBA is full of testosterone and all these guys ever do is stick their chests out and preen.  A good fight can only stop this garbage.

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: April 1, 2011 9:48 pm

Lakers F Barnes suspended 1 game for coach toss


Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2011 8:50 pm

Lakers F Barnes suspended 1 game for coach toss

Stotts is the one who should have been suspended! Yell

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