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Matt Barnes insists upcoming court date on domestic violence charge won't have negative affect with team

Matt Barnes slipped on his No. 9 Lakers jersey and couldn't resist staring at himself in the locker-room mirror.

The Northern California native had always envisioned this day as a kid idolizing the Lakers' "Showtime" teams, and now this was it. After essentially accepting a pay cut this off-season for a two-year deal worth $3.6 million, the dream has become cemented in reality. He's frequently traded texts with Kobe Bryant. He talked at media day with former Laker/TV analyst James Worthy. And, if all goes according to plan, Barnes will serve, as he calls it, "just a small piece in winning No. 3."

"My dream as a child was to play for UCLA and to play for the Lakers," said Barnes, a former Bruins standout (1998-2002) who equated playing for the Lakers as exciting as a Christmas morning. "The dream has come full circle now. I'm in the midst of back-to-back championships going for No. 3. Life couldn't be better."

Actually it could. Barnes was arrested this month on suspicion of domestic violence against his fiancée and reality TV star, Gloria Govan, and for allegedly obstructing the use of a telephone line. Barnes has maintained his innocence and Govan said Barnes never abused her. Their court hearing, nonetheless, is scheduled for Oct. 18, which is sandwiched by preseason games on Oct. 16, 17 and 19.

"It won't affect my play at all, or with missing any kind of games," said Barnes who joined his eighth team this off-season. "My date has been set on the 18th of next month. We'll find out what's going on then. But we've been cooperating and everything should be fine."

Asked what the team reaction entailed, Barnes said simply, "They just wanted to know if I was going to go to Europe" with the Lakers, who play Oct. 4 against Minnesota in London and Oct. 7 against FC Barcelona in Spain. "I told them I'll be there."

Clearing up his legal situation and any details surrounding his home life should serve as the top priority. But there's also basketball-related items he wants to address so the Lakers continue to welcome him with open arms. Though he's studied the triangle offense enough to notice "a lot of cuts are available in this offense," he acknowledged it has proved challenging to understand. He wants to talk things over with Lakers Coach Phil Jackson so he's fully aware of what's expected, though he assumes he's been brought in to help on defense and add a spark on offense. And he's curious how he'll fit in with a veteran and experienced-laden team.

But there's already signs that make Barnes feeling comfortable. In addition to returning to his home state and playing for the team he grew up following, Barnes believes Bryant's intense exterior in practice has already rubbed off. He expresses giddiness over playing alongside Bryant and Ron Artest, which he predicts is "going to be trouble and there's going to be problems" for opponents. This certainly pales to his off-court situation, but that didn't sour his infectious enthusiasm with fulfilling his life-long dream.

"It's come full circle," Barnes said. "I've had a tough road to get here. But I'm very happy to be here and I'm definitely going to make the most of this."

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

 
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Stuff happens, and it's really between him and his woman.

Great quote from Matt about Kobe...."for him to have 5 rings and still be that intense before camp starts it'll be very easy for me to be aggressive and try to get 3 in a row for him."

MM - thanks for another great profile, the Drew update and the interviews. Still waiting til hear your take on Drew's situation.

Lewstrs - double thanks for all the links. You da man!

LRob - Manager Research Dept. and Night Shift Supervisor...

At your service always...hefe...

Dynasty - The Next Generation...#17 Coming Up...

KBros Media Day Player Interviews...

http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/lakers/

Media Day Pictures...

http://www.nba.com/lakers/photogallery/1011mediaday_gallery_1.html

Enjoy...

Dynasty - The Next Generation...#17 Coming Up!!!

L Rob - Thanks really appreciate it. Just trying to get some of the news up first before anything else if that makes sense. I have a post being edited now about Luke's back, just so people are caught up to speed.

I'm going to share this later on in more detail. But this is my quick take: The criticism on Bynum is understandable but misguided. Drew doesn't do himself justice by acknowledging he wanted to go to the World Cup. But people need to understand that the World Cup itself wasn't a make or break clincher with this. The main factor was that he was so drained and tired by the end of the playoffs that he needed to just chill and relax before having surgery because that in itself is an exhausting exercise. Immediately doing that could really just wind up causing him to crash and burn later on when it's not necessary.

Wow, Caracter looks to be in great shape! Comparing what he looked like coming out of college to now, he's put in some serious work! Hopefully, he keeps working at it and provides some great play. Great to see our beloved Lakers ready for action! Go Lakers and much love to my blog family!

Thanks Mark...hopefully that puts that topic to rest...I think people are over reacting...and that kinda looked like you in the picture, you gotta admit...lol

Did being in that Media Day frenzy get you excited about the season getting ready to start...i could feel the excitement just watching videos and podcasts...

Dynasty - The Next Generation...#17 Coming Up!!!

Now I am cheering for Matt Barnes after all the good stuff he just said.

LEWSTRS - It was definitely a fun day. I think everyone that covers the Lakers all shared the same sentiment that it just seemed like yesterday that we were covering free agency and the playoffs. That of course, depending on who you talk to in the field, is a sign that they're charged up and ready to go or they're dreading the grind that is the NBA regular season. It is a tiring profession with the late hours, waiting around and traveling and it isn't for everyone. But for me, it's a blast.

MM

Hey guys we got a post up. That'll do it for the evening in terms of posts. Just wanted to get the news up with a little bit of analysis. Obviously with it being the first day of training camp, there was lots of stuff gong on

MM

It is as likely that Matt Barnes is being witch hunted for being male as anything. I would never believe anything a gender feminist trained police officer testifies to in a court of law, nor as a "jury nullificationist" would I ever follow any instructions about domestic violence law given by a gender feminist trained judge. Anyone who does so is unwise. V.P. Biden recently called violence against women, "the very worst abuse." The very worst abuse is valuing one life lower than another for having been born the wrong sex. Under Biden's Violence Against Women Act, the wrong sex is men. Shelter & services are virtually non-existent for male victims of d.v. so ways out of bad relationships, that women have, are often not available to men. Men are often battered by d.v., then battered again by taxpayer funded, d.v. laws. The taxpayer funded d. v. industry has mischaracterized the true nature of d.v. from the beginning & continues to mislead the public. Credible research shows that the ratio of d.v. is at least 50/50 between women & men. http://tinyurl.com/3sakk According to one study by researchers who work at the CDC, in 70% of domestic violence incidents, where the domestic violence is not mutual, it's women who initiate the domestic violence. http://tinyurl.com/yzm9xhe D.v. law follows gender feminist ideology over facts in evidence & does great harm to many innocent men (& harms violent women who need help) as shown in "Los Misandry" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAmOxvudpF8

woah woah, woah!!! If he did this stuff, no matter how minor, I don't want him on the team, no matter how good he may be!!! Did ANYONE learn anything after what OJ Simpson did? C'mon, people!!! I love the Lakers as much as anyone but I am sick of sports figures getting away with crap like this because everyone is so enamored with celebrity!

JJF................People who live in glass shouldn't throw stones......I think he will be just fine!!! This is from a 60 some old Grandma. Every body deserves a second chance,

OOPS!!JHF... Sorry

"According to one study by researchers who work at the CDC, in 70% of domestic violence incidents, where the domestic violence is not mutual, it's women who initiate the domestic violence. http://tinyurl.com/yzm9xhe D.v. law follows gender feminist ideology over facts in evidence & does great harm to many innocent men (& harms violent women who need help) as shown in "Los Misandry" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAmOxvudpF8

Posted by: Ray | September 25, 2010 at 08:42 PM"

I was "sucker-punched" twice by the same woman, her closed fist to my jaw. She only stopped the second time because her fist hurt. I said "if you want, hit me again". I told her it was time for her to leave my house. She would not. Did I call the police? no.


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