Matt Barnes on Knicks coach Derek Fisher: 'I don't talk to snakes'

Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes told the New York Daily News that he won't try to talk to New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher when their teams meet on Saturday. He once again called Fisher a "snake" and said they'll cross paths when he retires:

“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.”

If you're unfamiliar with the ugly Barnes-Fisher saga, here's a rundown:

In early October, the two of them got into a fight at Barnes' estranged wife's home in Los Angeles. His estranged wife, Gloria Govan, was reportedly dating Fisher, and the New York Post quoted a source saying Barnes "went crazy." Barnes told ESPN, however, that he went over there because he was worried about his sons.

In November, Barnes said that Fisher should not have told the police and the NBA about the incident, as they are "two grown men who should have handled two grown men's business," via the Los Angeles Times. In late December, the league suspended Barnes for two games

On New Year's Day, Barnes posted a long caption on an Instagram photo, where he called 2015 the "worst year of my life" and called Fisher a snake and a snitch, saying that the whole thing "played out like a bad reality show." Govan is a former reality star.

On Wednesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the NBPA filed a grievance on Barnes' behalf to get his suspension rescinded. On Thursday, Barnes said that the players association's appeal "means a lot," but he highly doubts he'll "be reimbursed a dime of that suspension money," via ESPN.

In his interview with the New York Daily News, Barnes said that he doesn't want the league to discipline Fisher, but he "always knew the NBA would come down hard on me." Over the last three months, Fisher has repeatedly declined to comment on the situation.

Matt Barnes and the Grizzlies face the Knicks on Saturday.  (USATSI)
Matt Barnes and the Grizzlies face the Knicks on Saturday. (USATSI)
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James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the... Full Bio

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