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Matt Barnes doesn’t count his one and only championship ring

By Edwin on May 26, 2020
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – MAY 8: Matt Barnes #22 of the Golden State Warriors waits to be brought into the game against the Utah Jazz in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on May 8, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

On Matt Barnes podcast “All the Smoke”, Barnes said “I didn’t sweat … I didn’t get to guard Lebron. I don’t count that as a championship.”

Matt Barnes played in 2017 mid season for the Golden State Warriors after being traded from the Sacramento Kings. Barnes consistently played 25 minutes per game due to Kevin Durant’s injury for half a season. However once the playoffs came rolling around, Barnes got injured as well and did not play.

I don’t agree with Barnes because say what you want he did contribute. All those minutes in the regular season got the Warriors a 1 seed in the playoffs. The Warriors could have ended as a 6th seed and played the Houston Rockets right out from the gate. I understand the pain of not being in the lineup during games that matter. But you shouldn’t discredit yourself after having such a long career with so many trials and tribulations.

Matt Barnes was a 12 year NBA veteran who was considered a journeyman. 2017 was his second season with the warriors after playing for the “We Believe Team” in 2006-07 season.