Tag:Terry Stotts
Posted on: April 1, 2011 6:11 pm
Edited on: April 1, 2011 6:37 pm

Lakers F Barnes suspended 1 game for coach toss

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.
Posted on: April 1, 2011 1:22 am
Edited on: April 1, 2011 6:19 pm

Lakers F Matt Barnes throws down Mavericks coach

Video of Los Angeles Lakers coach Matt Barnes throwing Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts to the ground. Posted by Ben Golliver.

We see a skirmish on an NBA court almost every day, but few end with an assistant coach being thrown down to the ground by an opposing player. That changed on Thursday night, when Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes threw Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Terry Stotts to the ground during a fourth quarter altercation.

The drama began with the Lakers leading 90-73 with 9:22 remaining in the game. Mavericks guard Jason Terry shoved Lakers guard Steve Blake to the court with two hands on a drive attempt. A big group shoving match erupted and, after plenty of jawing, Stotts wrapped his arms around Barnes near the Mavericks bench after NBA official Joey Crawford attempted to extricate Barnes from the fracas. Barnes took exception to Stotts' bear hug from behind, clearly yelling "Get off me!" multiple times as he tried to unwrap himself. When that failed, Barnes turned around and knocked Stotts to the ground. Barnes was then, obviously, ejected from the game.

A suspension from the league is almost sure to follow for Barnes.

Here's video of the exchange.

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