**THE PUNCH IS AT THE 2 MIN MARK. Barnes also makes the game winning shot at the end of this long and boring clip.**
I understand the league is in a lockout right now and players are playing for small checks but taking your talents to a summer league game shouldn’t be allowed. Its good for local fans, and youtube video highlights of you trashing JuCo athletes but your a professional basketball player, you have too much to lose by playing in the hood.
Beasley pushed a heckling fan in the face during a streetball game against Kevin Durant’s team in New York, but on the other side of the country, Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes’ victim was another player.
Barnes reportedly punched an opponent during a San Francisco Pro-Am game Thursday, according to San Francisco’s KGO TV.
“He elbowed me and pushed me, so he got one,” Barnes told ESPN.com college basketball writer Diamond Leung.
“People just think they can talk any way or do anything to … me. You can’t. You can’t do that, ’cause you know people are men out here. So if you think you’re going to come out here and punk someone, that s— ain’t happening.”
Barnes said that he wasn’t the instigator and was just protecting himself.
“That’s part of the game, man. It’s physical,” he said. “You know what I mean? People come out here and think they can beat and push on me. There’s only so much I’m going to take. I’m a grown man first, so if you think you’re going to come out here and rough me up and cheap-shot, I’m not having that s—.”
Barnes wasn’t ejected from the game, and eventually hit the game-winning shot.
“They got tangled up,” a San Francisco police officer who was in attendance told Leung about the incident involving Barnes. “A couple guys took swings. Both connected. It got broken up. They didn’t eject him. Different rules here, I guess.”
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