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Matt Barnes releases T-shirts immediately after ejection in Lakers' testy victory over Dallas

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Should the Lakers' Matt Barnes earn a suspension for his ejection in the Lakers' 110-82 victory Thursday over the Dallas Mavericks, there might be a way he can offset the lost salary.

Perhaps entering the fray between Jason Terry and Steve Blake will help spark a buzz regarding his newly released T-shirts. Barnes, a co-owner of Elusion Clothing, touted two items as soon as midnight struck, one shirt reading, "Matt Barnes Will Kill You, If Ron Artest Doesn't First." The other one touts the "Killah Bees" the nickname bestowed on Barnes, Blake and Shannon Brown, all three of which interestingly enough drew ejections against Dallas.

It's highly unlikely that Terry would be one of those paying customers, considering that Blake jawed with him after he was pushed out-of-bounds, Barnes threw in a push after the altercation and he told ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd that Barnes is "as soft as Charmin toilet paper." But here's betting the Lakers will begin wearing Barnes' T-shirts during practice.

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Everyone ranging from Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom touted the toughness that Barnes bestowed during the Lakers-Mavericks game, arguing it's that kind of physical presence and support the team needs as the postseason approaches. The Barnes-Artest T-shirt is over the top. No matter how physical the two are on the basketball court, Barnes and Artest aren't exactly serial killers. But the symbolic message comes at the right time.

Pinning the Lakers as soft is overblown, clichéd and inaccurate ever since the Lakers won the 2009 NBA Finals. But there's a clear difference between standing up and absorbing physical blows to being the ones who deliver them. As much as Barnes warrants some kind of suspension and as much as it might hurt the Lakers in the short-term, the big-picture implications in shaping the team's identity can't be overstated. Besides even if Barnes remains absent from the lineup in Friday's game against Utah, the identity will be forged with the new shirts and the lost revenue will be offset in sales. 

-- Mark Medina

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Photo credit: Elusion Clothing

 
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OK, I want a T-Shirt.

DR:

I don't know if anyone keeps this stat, but it seems the Lakers are undefeated when Ron kisses the Biceps.

Artestify!

Interesting lineup that the Jazz are rumored to be sending out tonight. Fesenko, Jefferson, Millsap, Miles, and Watson. They're clearly trying to match the Lakers' size but they have little to no depth with all of their current injuries.

Are the fights last night a promotion of the T'shirts? If yes, it is imitation of the media and reality TV. Will anybody buy them for $ 40? I'm conservatively cheap, will wait till an enterprising copycat China sell this for $ 5 on LA Street. lol!

I prefer the killer bees as members of the mob on the basketball court, by maintaining the lead initiated by the starters, avoiding turnovers and losing points and finally supplementing a renewed energy of nimbleness and dexterity by pounding the enemy. I don't subscribe to fights and suspensions.

Two key mantras to TO 3PEAT hint offense and defense:

1. who is open? offense

2. Who is not open? defense

Just like the new comer Ariza (his first playoffs with the Lakers since he was out due to injury in the previous year)contributed with his crucial plays in 2009 playoffs and Artest's impacting role in the Finals in 2010, I am expecting our new comers, Barnes and Blake, will have the huge effects in the playoffs of 2011. Win for Barnes' and Blake's first rings in 2011!! Another T-shirts material...

I want 3 of each tee shirt ASAP -- where can I find them?

Hey this just in from Mike Bresnahan: - Matt Barnes suspended one game, will not play vs. Utah. Jason Terry downgraded from Flagrant Foul 2 to Flagrant Foul 1...and not suspended." - Brad Turner is filing a post soon

The Killer tshirt with Artest and Barnes is way way way over the top, they ain't linebackers for the raiders or something, it's still Basketball, but whatever, just bring home the ring is all I got to say.

Nice April Fools joke, the T-shirt!!

Btw, how is that Terry's F-2 was downgraded to a F-1?? Coz Stern wants a closer race between Dallas and Lakers for the 2nd seed (or the #1 as well???)

"Matt Barnes Will Kill You"??

This is possibly the most retarded thing I've ever seen Matt Barnes do. Imagine if Ron Artest was the one pulling that stuff last night, and making these ridiculous t-shirts... he would be eviscerated.

Way to bring your Sacramento-trailer trash mentality to the otherwise classy Lakers organization, Barnes.

Tri,

Wow, I didn’t mean to start a heated discussion on government or politics. I just stated I respect Cuban for making the Mavs one of the best franchises in the league. He purchased the Mavs in 2000. They had not made the playoffs in the 10 years prior to his ownership, but have been in the playoffs every year since then. I’m a believer is spending money to make money. Thus, I prefer his ownership style over the Robert Sarver’s “let my best player go instead of paying him” style.


Loved the Brothers Johnson ….and don’t go bailing on the blog. Let’s keep all hands on deck for this historic run. Plus you’re helping me increase my jazz knowledge :-)

I hope it's not April Fool's joke. Barnes got 1 game suspended and Jason Terry not suspended???? WOW...The NBA is afraid of Cuban??

This looks like something I can wear to the next Insane Clown Posse concert!!

"Nice April Fools joke, the T-shirt!!

Btw, how is that Terry's F-2 was downgraded to a F-1?? Coz Stern wants a closer race between Dallas and Lakers for the 2nd seed (or the #1 as well???)

Posted by: Ruud van Nistelrooy | April 01, 2011 at 03:18 PM "

I think it just lowers his fine. He's not close to the limit for flagrant foul points so whether it's a 1 or a 2 doesn't really affect the Mavs season.

@Edwin – congrats on the Friedman. Well-deserved my friend.

@mclyne – perfect song for Mavs starting something…especially something they can’t finish.

@LakerPeace – classic Eagles…4 that want to own me & 2 that want to stone me…haha. We are Family…true true!

@BronxLF- Diana, Beatles and Luther – you’re going strictly for royalty today. Nice!

NBA.com reports Matt Barnes is suspended for tonight's game without pay.

Stupid shirts.

Hey Matt, focus on winning basketball games, not doing your Ronnie "Psycho" Raines impression.

If Matt Barnes deserves a suspension, then Jason Terry does as well. Terry started the whole thing. He pushed Blake to the ground and then admitted that personal grief over the recent loss of his aunt and his frustration about last night's azz whooping led to his acting badly.

Even though I'm a Laker fan and I love Blake's zeal and never back down attitude, I agree with one game for him. He escalated things with the push. But Dallas assistant coach Terry Stotts had no business grabbing him, especially not from behind and in front of the Dallas bench. Matt had no idea who waas grabbing him and tried to free himself. You don't try to control the other team's players.

Uneven penalties in my mind. But, if Barnes is out tonight in Utah, the Lakers still have enough to win. And I've got a strong feeling that San Antonio is going down in Houston tonight. 2nd game of a back to back for the Spurs after taking it on the chin from the Celtics last night. Houston is a desperately trying to remain in the playoff hunt. Lakers should be 1.5 games out after tonight's games if all goes well.

David Stern's anti-Lakers bias was never more clear than the absurd decisions made by his minions today:

1) Jason Terry acted with malicious intent when he deliberately pushed Steve Blake to the ground, potentially causing bodily harm to Blake by his intentional conduct (okay, maybe it wasn't THAT bad, but his intent was OBVIOUS when Andrew Bynum's intent in the Beasley incident was questionable, yet he was suspended for 2 games).

2) Jason Terry INITIATED this altercation. Had Matt Barnes not "escalated" it, the likelihood is that it still would have gotten out of hand (not that it really ever did get out of hand. A review of the tape by any reasonably sane person would have resulted in the conclusion that the whole thing was a joke.)

3) Matt Barnes was calmly walking back to the Lakers bench after briefly interceding. It was NOT his fault that Terry Stutts acted STUPIDLY and with NO RATIONAL PURPOSE when he got Barnes in a bear hug.

4) Initiator vs. escalator and the escalator is the ONLY one suspended? Do you think that MAYBE the league still wants to give the Mavs an outside chance of catching the Lakers?

I am utterly appalled and I am tempted to bring a lawsuit against the NBA for sh*ts and giggles on behalf of the ripped off Lakers fans who take the brunt of this constant crap. First Bynum a two game suspension. Then Fish a Flagrant 2 and $5,000 fine for finally having enough of Chris Kaman's illegal screens. Now THIS!

Talk about transparent.

Jason Terry and Mark Cuban need to take a hint from me: SHUT UP AND PLAY. That's why I'm retired. I have little time & use to debate with idiots. Let the game do the talking.

- On that previous note, LRob: fill in the blanks and fire up some JB for me: Like A Dull Knife That Just Ain't Cutting...

Back to my cave. See you in June. Maybe.

Posted by: utzworld - THE BANNER HOLDER | April 01, 2011 at 02:11 PM
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Here you go Utz....just make sure you peek in every once in around and say


James Brown (assist to Bootsy & Catfish) - Talkin Loud and Sayin Nothing -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6OoOhKM_yc

oops meant to say....."peek in every once in awhile and say SOMETHING!"

"David Stern's anti-Lakers bias was never more clear than the absurd decisions made by his minions today:

1) Jason Terry acted with malicious intent when he deliberately pushed Steve Blake to the ground, potentially causing bodily harm to Blake by his intentional conduct (okay, maybe it wasn't THAT bad, but his intent was OBVIOUS when Andrew Bynum's intent in the Beasley incident was questionable, yet he was suspended for 2 games)."

I'm torn on this one. On one hand it was a classless play and there's no room for it in the game but on the other hand, it wasn't really a dangerous play.

Lamar Odom's shove of Blake Griffin was probably harder and he didn't get a suspension so not suspending Terry might be in line to what they have been calling.

I'd be interested to see what the exact reasoning for suspending Barnes is though.

How do you get the shirts on the internet for a Dallas area reident? Thanks. Ordering 2, one for Cuban.

Jason Terry Cloth

How do you get the shirts on the internet for a Dallas area reident? Thanks. Ordering 2, one for Cuban.

Posted by: hopalong | April 01, 2011 at 04:09 PM

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ROFL. #BICEPKISS.

these front office exec's make some really bogus decisions.

Barnes didnt deliver blows.

Bay to LA. This ridiculous decision to not suspend J.Terry while suspending Barnes is just the kind of anti-Laker bias I was alluding to earlier, though not from the referees. It's almost like they're trying to even the playing field since we're so loaded with talent and experience. Again, I'm sure my pro-Laker bias is clouding my perception, but it just blows my mind.

The suspension is uncalled for.

Just as the second day of Bynum's suspension was uncalled for.

Lame.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

I only got to see the 1st half of last night's game but, I was very impressed with Drew's play. He was DOMINANT in the paint. I luv'd it when he threw it down with about 4 Mavs draped all over him(and got no call I might add) and then gave the staredown to his bench. In the now infamous words of our dear friend Charlie Sheen...#WINNING!!!!!

This team is primed and ready to defend their title and notice has been served to the rest of the association. Be scared...be VERRRRRRRY scared. :-)

Now let's keep things rolling and take care of the Jazz tonite at EnergySolutions arena.

~



Let's go Ls...all the way to a 3-peat!!!!!

That is one classless shirt, and a disappointing move by a guy who has become one of my favorite Lakers. "Matt Barnes will kill you" is really a tactless thing to put on a shirt, and had this been done by someone wearing, say, a Celtic jersey I would imagine that this blog would be alive with criticism for the thuggishness.

Matty is a great addition to this team, and he and Ron are going to be huge parts of this title run, but that doesn't make his t-shirt any less outrageous.

Hey "God". First of all, it's a beautiful statement. This team is tough.
Secondly, you don't exist anyway.

Nobody's messing with those two guys.

Lakers!

Its class-less? I like it that the team has tough guys, and we are no longer labeled "soft." Remember '08? Nobody will out tough the Lake Show now! We will kill you! Lol!


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