What Happened to Matt Barnes? Did Matt Barnes Retire?
While Monday’s game against the Sacramento Kings offers the chance for the Golden State Warriors to extend their winning streak, it also allows an opportunity for the team to celebrate a member of the teams 2016-17 championship team. Former Warrior Matt Barnes. The ceremony, which will commence just before tip-off, will include a video tribute on the jumbotron, while current Warriors forward Draymond Green will present Barnes with his championship ring. During his post-shootaround availability, Green expressed excitement about the ceremony. “That’s dope,” Green said. “I’m happy for my dog.” Barnes joined the Warriors shortly after forward Kevin Durant injured his knee in a collision with Zaza Pachulia during a Feb. 25 road game against the Wizards. Related Articles Matt Barnes explains his bad-boy persona, and why he now wants to shed it Barnes’ history with the Warriors, however, extends further. The veteran played a pivotal role in the 2007 playoffs, as a member of Golden State’s “We Believe” team, averaging 10.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in the opening round series against the Dallas Mavericks, a series in which the Warriors won 4-2 in one of the biggest upsets in NBA history. “He’s one of the real ones,” Green continued. “I’m happy for him.” The Warriors opponent Monday night also holds a piece of value Barnes. In addition to being a Sacramento area native, Barnes played two stints for the Kings, one during the 2004-05 campaign and most recently last season, before being bought out of his contract at mid-season and ultimately signing with the Warriors.