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Matt Barnes' sons also get mohawk in time for Lakers-Mavericks series

Barnes mohawkMoments after his barber put the finishing touches on his mohawk, Lakers forward Matt Barnes called out to his 2-year-old twin sons Carter Kelly and Isiah Michael in a giddy tone.

"Hey dudes," Barnes said, sitting in the dining room of his Palos Verdes home. "Look at Daddy's haircut. Do you want to touch it?"

After Carter and Isiah enthusiastically thumbed through Barnes' new haircut two weeks ago, Barnes then asked, "Do you want a haircut like that?" The question received an immediate yes.

Both Barnes' sons are now in on the ritual after Theo "Divincci the barber" Lewis cut their hair into a mohawk Sunday night in anticipation of the Lakers-Mavericks semifinals series beginning Monday at Staples Center.

The act goes beyond getting geared up for the postseason. Matt has done this for the past four years in honor of his late mother, Ann, who died Nov. 27, 2007, only 26 days after she was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. The significance between her passing and Barnes' haircut dates back to earlier that year when Barnes promised his teammates on the Golden State Warriors that he'd get a mohawk should they make the playoffs, a look Barnes said his mother immediately embraced and something that became more popular once the Warriors upset the Dallas Mavericks in the first round as an eighth seed. 

There are plenty of other story lines surrounding Barnes entering this series, most notably Dallas guard Jason Terry. After Terry pushed Lakers guard Steve Blake to the ground in the Lakers' 110-82 victory March 31, Barnes entered the fray and pushed Terry to the ground himself, earning an ejection and a one-game suspension.

The episode created plenty of back-and-forth, including Terry questioning Barnes' toughness, Barnes boasting about the Warriors' first-round upset four years ago against Dallas, and an interesting backdrop to Barnes recently released T-shirts, including the one that reads, "Matt Barnes will kill you, if Ron Artest doesn't first." The story line surrounding Barnes' mohawk as well as his two sons proves to be more substantive and sentimental. 

Tweeted Barnes: "My little guys got their game cuts crackn ready for the mavs." 

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Matt Barnes' twin 2-year-old sons, Carter Kelly, left, and Isiah Michael, each got a mohawk Sunday night in honor of their grandmother, Ann, who died of lung cancer on Nov. 27, 2007. Credit: Matt Barnes.

 
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Ah...little mini me's....

AWWW those twins are so ADORABLE...

@rage777 - MM is still hung over from too much partying last night...lol

Wow - how cute are THEY??!!!

2011 WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS

SECOND ROUND BLOG MEMBERS PREDICTIONS

LOS ANGELES LAKERS vs DALLAS MAVERICKS

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*LAKERS IN 4*

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L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

JovBatz24 - In my opinion, THE LAKERS WILL SWEEP THE MAVS.
Caliphilosopher - Lake Show in 2 - they beat Dallas so badly that anything and everything "Californian" or "West-Coast" gets banned from the state of Texas for 3 months.
segeboy - see our bigs drawing the attention and Kobe burning them in the first two games ...I'm calling a sweep...
Troll Man - LAKERS SWEEP
LakerTom - Game 7 would be played on the 15th. That would be a great game for us to watch when you come north. But… sorry, Lew. Lakers in 4...
Xeoh - Lakers in 4!
The Snake - I will ride the trend and say that we sweep 4-0 in the second round, just as it happened last year.

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*LAKERS IN 5*

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/_____l______l__ ___\____
ll l ----- Lakers 4 - Mavs 1 --------]
L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

LEWSTRS - Lakers in 5...we close this at home...
cofm99 - Add me to the 5 bus...
Lakemelody - I say Lakers 4-1.
KobeMVP888: Lakers in 5.
VtLaker - Hooter Girls...yeah yeah okay I'm on board
John - LAKERS IN 5. WRITE IT DOWN, TAKE A PICTURE, I DON'T GIVE A $#&*@.
mclyne - LAKERS IN 5! We have officially gained our swagger back and will dominate the soft Mavs for four out of the five it will take.
Wallace - Just got my bus pass. I'm on board. It will be another week before I return home from Thailand
Fatty - Who predicts the Lakers in 5 LEWSTERS.
Maxximo - For the last time...Lakers 4 vs Dallas 1
Purple & Gold Reign - My newly cleaned and polished-up Crystal Ball tells me the Los Angeles Lakers will crush the Dallas Mavericks in 5 thrilling, hard-fought games.
LakerSean - Been away for a while, it's good to be back with the Laker Mafia. we're a family, once you're in, you never leave. Lakers in 5.
NewMexicoLL - Put me on the Lakers in 5 Bandwagon...Think they learned a lesson with the Hornets! I Love Our Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!
Tim-4-Show - In the end, we're far superior inside, and they really don't have much of an answer for Kobe.
The Outlaw - I won't be surprised if this series is over in 5. I don't think the Lakers will be sleeping on any teams from here on out.
Diandra - Lew- Lakers in 5
yellowfever - Lakers in 5! Or 6 if the refs screw us on the road!
LALakerz213 - Lakers in 5! count em...


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*LAKERS IN 6*

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/_____l______l__ ___\____
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L___(0)l______l__ ____l(0) J

LRob - Sorry Cubes, your Mavs are on the tracks and the Laker Express is smoking thru.
OCLEZY - But the Lakers are the more physical team with Bynum up front,and Artest, i'll take Lakers in 6.
Edwin Gueco - Lew, I treat Dallas with respect than NO, so I pick Lakers in 6, I believe in destiny and I also believe in big business. lol
truongcali - Lakers in 6 baby !!!
Art - Once again, the Lakers finish it off in 6.
D(erek)J(eter) - These are still our goofy Lakers, Lakers in 6.
hobbitmage - Lewsters Lakers in 6.
Desi - Lakers over Mavs in 6 (due to lack of motivation; they own Dallas)
longtimelakerlover - I'm looking forward to a GREAT series between these two clubs. I say Lakers in six
Lakeshowinphx - Marion he's an "energy guy" and scares me more than dirk and jason terry. Lakers in 6!
Magic Phil - Put me in the Lakers in 6 bandwagon. Gracias.
jefe101 - Lakers in 6 - while allowing their opponent the customary split at Staples in either Game 1 or 2.
ChicNstu - Lakers in 6. We have the better 6th man but they have a deeper bench.
NBA4ever - put me down for Lakers in 6.
jordan - My guess of the outcome of the series is L.A in 6 games.

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*LAKERS IN 7*

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LakersRule(Amit) - I think Dallas matches up well with LA..and they have certain definite advantages over us...Lakers in 7.
Kobeayashimarue - Cuban built this team to match up with the Lakers...now we'll see. Glad we have HC, I'm thinking 7 games for sure.
Long Time Laker Fan - I have a feeling this is going to be a tough series for the Lakers. I think it'll take them 6 or 7 to get past the Mavericks.


Come aboard...and join a wagon!!!

like father like sons.

Lakers is Sixx.

Isiah Michael is obvious but has anyone figured out what Carter Kelly signifies?

Hello Lew -
I don't like too predict otherr than the Lakers will win the series. That's all that matters in my book.

cheers - PLG

Ugh this keyboard. Sorry, spelling errors are horrendous.

PLG

Lol...Terry Perry. Barnes never pushed "Terry Perry" to the ground. He did push him though...well he pushed Jason Terry at least.

and in all of these posts, nothing about pj and cuban. so who says something first. the thing about phil is that he is such a SLY dude that it will look at first glance as a compliment. i guess we will see this after the first game

"Isiah Michael is obvious but has anyone figured out what Carter Kelly signifies?

Posted by: Bay to LA | May 02, 2011 at 02:43 PM"

Hmm, clever. Not 100% sure about his choice of names for little Carter Kelly, but food for thought: Kelly is also Matt's middle name. And perhaps Carter is in homage to his former Magic teammate and friend Vince Carter. Just a random guess, could be way off.

Hopefully they wont make someone like DeShawn Stevenson look like a All Star.

Talk about a HUGE disapointment. DS has had some bad luck throughout his life. Can't help but feel sorry for the guy

the boys seemed like they had their game faces in place friday. there is certainly enough bad blood between these teams to allow this mind set to continue for a while.pau must be proud of his brother and i hope he rises to the challenge of being considered the "other" brother.

LOL
And next week Barnes will ask his sons: "Look at Daddy's tatoos. Do you want to touch them?"
-yeeesss!!-
"Do you want some tatoos?"
-yeeesss!!-

"do you want to push Terry Perry to the ground?"
-yesss!!-

do you want to ride in a parade? YES!!!!!

just bring it tonight matt, we need your hustle and energy!

U gotta love matty! He all heart baby!

Sonny I know you are lurking around here. Congrats on the King’s staying one more year. But as far as the system not working here is proof once again you are wrong (you usually are).

“Television viewership for the NBA playoffs is up nearly a third from last season.
An offseason of intrigue has been followed by strong ratings for the regular season and postseason.
First-round games on ABC, ESPN and TNT were watched by an average of 4.15 million people, up from fewer than 3.2 million last year.
To this point of the playoffs, TNT has drawn the highest average rating ever for games on cable. ABC's first-round ratings were the best since 2004.”

Small market teams in playoffs:

Memphis- San Antonio – Portland – Oklahoma City – New Orleans – Indiana – Orlando –Denver-

Not one of these teams is in a top 20 market. That is half of the playoff teams. No lockout is needed and David Stern and the owners are just greedy crooks. No major changes except a few tweaks and some revenue sharing is needed. Other than that why would they want to ruin the momentum and the golden era of NBA.

That's a stupid looking haircut on barnes. Obama just secured his re-election with the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Mavs look like they might be the most determined team the Lakers have faced
other than maybe Boston. We'll see if that helps or hurts them.
Nowitzki knows he doesn't have many more chances with this team and if he
keeps losing in the early rounds, it hurts his legacy.
Expecting this to be a very tough matchup and probably the best series of the
year.

Adorable!!Little Mattie Mini Me's!! Those are some CUTE kids!

Some interesting DAL stats - of the teams still alive in the playoffs, DAL has the lowest points scored in the paint and the highest percentage of points scored from 3-pt range.

Just guard the perimeter and we should be fine.

Matt Barnes - cool cutz...now go handle your biz!

@NBA 4ever – Nice selection. Clash rocking the one that Bobby Fuller made famous. I think I posted his version last week. You’re looking good on one of your “bold” predictions…Memphis over OKC! They’re clicking on all cylinders right now.

@mclyne – Always good to rock with Jack & his crew!

@Tri – Excellent selections to remember all that lost their lives on 911, their loved ones and the troops. You definitely ventured far away from your jazz roots :-)

@MVP – nice matchup analysis. Although I would put Chandler “tier 1” based on his impact and importance to the Mavs. Fortunately for us he’s usually overpowered by Drew.

@jefe – ELP…good stuff!

"Obama just secured his re-election with the killing of Osama Bin Laden."
-islandpriest

LOL! That's very funny considering if Obama were in office when 9/11 happened, we wouldn't have forces over there the last 10 years hunting down Osama.

You can thank George W.

Mavs look like they might be the most determined team the Lakers have faced
other than maybe Boston. We'll see if that helps or hurts them.
Nowitzki knows he doesn't have many more chances with this team and if he
keeps losing in the early rounds, it hurts his legacy.
Expecting this to be a very tough matchup and probably the best series of the
year.

Posted by: Bay to LA | May 02, 2011 at 04:00 PM
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Fortunately, Kobe Bryant has no regard for Dirk's legacy and, as hungry as Dirk might be, Kobe remains the most famished player on the planet. Dirk's concern for his legacy will not suddenly transform him into a great defensive player and if the seventh seeded Spurs took them out in 6 games last year, just imagine the possibilities with the two time defending champs playing with a healthy Andrew Bynum this year! Oh, I forgot. They now have Tyson Chandler. That's funny, I just forgot again. I look forward to him being a non-factor in this series. Tough matchup? I don't see it. Soft matchup? That's much easier to visualize.

hobbit,

who you going with in the OKC-Memphis matchup? Boston-Miami?

who you picking to come out of the East?

Any predictions?

Posted by: hobbitmage | May 02, 2011 at 01:11 PM

hahahaha,,did i see my name being mentioned in vain? Not into who is #1 or #2 player, the only time I care is when title is on the line. I am picking Griz over OKC and should be a great WCF between the lakers & griz!!

Mavs look like they might be the most determined team the Lakers have faced
other than maybe Boston. We'll see if that helps or hurts them.
Nowitzki knows he doesn't have many more chances with this team and if he
keeps losing in the early rounds, it hurts his legacy.
Expecting this to be a very tough matchup and probably the best series of the
year.

Posted by: Bay to LA | May 02, 2011 at 04:00 PM
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Bay to LA,

Dirk legacy is solid. First ballot HOF, one of the all-time greats and GEOAT "Euro" for now. Great players...just not Kobe, Magic, Russ, Wilt, MJ, Bird, Oscar, Jerry, Kareem great. To borrow from MVP...he's Tier #2 great!

@Lew - you've done a great job with the roll call and buses. The only question now is what are we listening to on the bus to get us pumped up?

Nowitzki will find out tonight the difference between playing against 7-footer Lakers player and 6-9 Portland power forward. Memphis made smart choice to avoid Lakers in the first round. Lakers in six.

888 - have a great time representing tonight...I will be looking for your post game post...

I'm curious to see what Thib's game plan is for the Hawks...This is not the Pacers now, and they barely won 3 of those games...and the Hawks have a lot more offense also...

As time crawls by...still need our Lakers to spank some butt tonight...It's been a terrible work day at the office...and I need some Purple and Gold sprinkles to save the day....

"Fortunately, Kobe Bryant has no regard for Dirk's legacy and, as hungry as Dirk might be, Kobe remains the most famished player on the planet. Dirk's concern for his legacy will not suddenly transform him into a great defensive player and if the seventh seeded Spurs took them out in 6 games last year, just imagine the possibilities with the two time defending champs playing with a healthy Andrew Bynum this year! Oh, I forgot. They now have Tyson Chandler. That's funny, I just forgot again. I look forward to him being a non-factor in this series. Tough matchup? I don't see it. Soft matchup? That's much easier to visualize.

Posted by: KobeMVP888 | May 02, 2011 at 04:10 PM"

I'm anxious to see how it plays out. I know Kobe and Dirk are both hungry and neither is going to ease up and make it easy for the other. Somehow the Lakers and Mavs have avoided each other all of these years so it's hard to predict what will happen. I would really be shocked if this wasn't at least 6 games and I still see it going 7.

@Lewsters I need a ride on the "Lakers in 6" bus! Lakers should have learned from the first round and come out fighting from the start of this series. I see them holding home court and stealing one in Dallas. The LA Times had an excellent article analyzing the match-ups and I agree. Advantage Lakers. Best coach, best player/closer, best center, forwards are even and pg is even (don't see that too often), benches are even. It all points to Lakers advancing. 4 down, 12 to go for #17. Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Bay to LA,

Dirk legacy is solid. First ballot HOF, one of the all-time greats and GEOAT "Euro" for now. Great players...just not Kobe, Magic, Russ, Wilt, MJ, Bird, Oscar, Jerry, Kareem great. To borrow from MVP...he's Tier #2 great!

Posted by: LRob | May 02, 2011 at 04:25 PM "

I totally agree but you know how ESPN and the various media sources like to run with it. If a player hasn't been on a championship team, it's a huge strike against them. Dirk has always been impressive in the playoffs from my view but because he hasn't won a title, many say he has shriveled up when it mattered most.

Hey there all you Lakerholics,

Just wanted to drop in and say good luck tonight in Game 1 vs. the Mavericks. I'm a huge Dirk Nowitzki fan. I agree with everyone who says first-ballot Hall of Famer, greatest Euro of all-time, etc.

What a great start to the NBA playoffs, minus the Blazers getting dumped in Game 6 at home by Dallas (bow head, shed tear, dream of bringing in a legit center to go with one of the NBA's most athletic lineups).

Never imagined the Grizzlies would be the hottest team in the playoffs. Then again, I never thought Mike Conley would be much of an NBA point guard, and he's been a big part of their success the last two months.

Well, before the season (all things equal, as in no major injuries) I predicted Lakers-Celtics in NBA Finals. Then along came Derrick Rose and the Bulls to throw a third contender into the mix back east along with the Heat. Looking forward to a great second round of action.

Enjoy the game, live chat or whatever you're doing tonight.

What a conflicting NBA play offs this is turning out to be. Do we cheer for our most hated rivalry, and the biggest rivalry in sports the Celtics so that they can crush the disgusting Heat and their egos? Do we root for the Bulls so that we can take back what MJ stole 20 years ago?

From a personal view, should I cheer for the Griz because bro vs bro would be a great play off series and probably eaiser than OKC. Or should I stick with an oath I made when I was 12 that I would never cheer for a team that up and left when they didn't get their way and abandoned the city taking away all my chances of ever getting the tickets to the one shaq and kobe game a year that sold out within an hour (woah run on sentence)

OKC VS MEM = two teams that left the Northwest division in shambles after taking away the NBA from us.

Eat my shorts, David Stern.

"What a conflicting NBA play offs this is turning out to be. Do we cheer for our most hated rivalry, and the biggest rivalry in sports the Celtics so that they can crush the disgusting Heat and their egos? Do we root for the Bulls so that we can take back what MJ stole 20 years ago?

From a personal view, should I cheer for the Griz because bro vs bro would be a great play off series and probably eaiser than OKC. Or should I stick with an oath I made when I was 12 that I would never cheer for a team that up and left when they didn't get their way and abandoned the city taking away all my chances of ever getting the tickets to the one shaq and kobe game a year that sold out within an hour (woah run on sentence)

OKC VS MEM = two teams that left the Northwest division in shambles after taking away the NBA from us.

Eat my shorts, David Stern.

Posted by: Diandra | May 02, 2011 at 04:57 PM "

Very interesting predicament. It's too bad the Pacific NW basketball fans didn't support their own teams the way they supported the Lakers. It's always sad to see towns lose their teams.

Pau vs. Dirk

Both are 7 footers
Both are finesse players
Both are European
Both are better scorers than defenders
Both have doctors as parents

The last one requires some explanation. Dirk's "father" is actually Dr. Frankenstein III. He was clearly reanimated in the lab of a mad scientist, but, sadly, like the original Dr. Frankenstein, the corpse he chose to reanimate was huge, ugly and scary. Pau, on the other hand, is more like a loveable Spanish muppet.

"Pau, on the other hand, is more like a loveable Spanish muppet.

Posted by: Tom Daniels | May 02, 2011 at 05:13 PM "

Creepy!

haha Tom.. Dr Frankenstein must have used a billy goat in that experiment? lol

I totally agree but you know how ESPN and the various media sources like to run with it. If a player hasn't been on a championship team, it's a huge strike against them. Dirk has always been impressive in the playoffs from my view but because he hasn't won a title, many say he has shriveled up when it mattered most.

Posted by: Bay to LA | May 02, 2011 at 04:48 PM
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Dirk has had many more outstanding playoff series than subpar ones.

Unfortunately most remember his subpar showing in the 2006 finals when the Heat physical play took him out his game...then he followed that up in 2007 with a terrible performance in the historic 1st rd loss to #8 seed GS. That was magnified because he was the MVP that season.

But people forget he dropped 50 on Phoenix in key gm 5 in WC finals in 2006. Or his 37pts in gm 7 on the road vs. SA in WC semi-finals. Or when he avg 33/15 in an epic battle with KG in 02. Or his many great performances vs. the Spurs.

Dan,

Your Blazers acquitted themselves well this year...especially considering losing Oden for the season and Roy being a shell of himself. They had the Mavs on the ropes in gm 6, but Dirk, Terry, JKidd all made huge shots. Dallas definitely won that game more than Portland lost it.

Good call on Conley. With all the love going to Z-Bo/Gasol for the inside game (rightfully so) and T. Allen/Battier for their defense...Conley has been conveniently overlooked by many. I would also say D. Arthur has been very good off the bench also.

mclyne, keep your politics off this blog, especially if you are going to get your facts wrong (Bush invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, not Pakistan; Obama expanded the search into Pakistan--something he promised he'd do in the campaign, and for which he was attacked by right and left.)

Yes lets keep partisan politics off this blog. Bin Laden is dead. God bless America! Go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LRob,

re: my predictions. I have none.

What I thought, at the beginning of the season:

The Celtics are too old.

D. Howard would be a beast.

The Miami Heat are built wrong

The Bulls were a dark horse.


What I think now:

The Celtics are too old.

D. Howard was a beast. Now he's fishing.

Miami's built wrong.

The East is wide open. i.e. The Bulls are no longer a dark horse.


I have *NO* idea how this is going to play out. I'm lovin' it though!

Oh my goodness, how cute are those twins?!

As a die-hard Mavs hater (happens when you're a lifelong Lakers fan living in Dallas--thank goodness I'm back home now!), and one who has enjoyed seeing the Lakers hand Dallas one humiliation after another over the years, I'm predicting a sweep. Nothing less seems appropriate!

Lakers in 4.

@LRob,

Yes, Dallas definitely won Game 6 and the series because of superior offense. Then again, you live by the jumper and three-point shot, you'll often die that way when you have almost no interior/post-up game. Weaknesses such as those are magnified in the playoffs.

As for Memphis . . . they have built a solid contender with that starting five (once Rudy Gay returns to health) plus Tony Allen, Shane Battier, Darrell Arthur, Sam Young, Greivis Vasquez, etc. That squad is set for the long haul.

@hobbitmage,

Agreed. I have no idea how the East is going to play out, but it's going to be most interesting to watch. If the Mavs give the Lakers a run for their money, then all four remaining series could be knock-down, drag-out affairs.

GAME NIGHT!

Got my gold Nike 4 rings muppet hand T on! Lakers gotta get game 1!!

LEWSTRS

I see you as Mitch Kupchak taking over for Jerry West

though there can only be one Mamba24 the results are still oustanding.

News item

LeBron James also avoided suspension for leaving the bench in the second quarter to get teammate Mario Chalmers after a dust-up with Boston guard Delonte West. James was not in the game at the time and he came down to the Celtics' bench area to pull Chalmers away from West after West threw the ball at Chalmers. West was given a technical.

Players who leave the bench can be suspended, but there was a time out at the time of James' actions
______________

That doesn't help the Phoenix Suns a few years back when their players left the bench then got suspended a game.
Things that make you go hmm.

Isiah Michael is obvious but has anyone figured out what Carter Kelly signifies?

Posted by: Bay to LA | May 02, 2011 at 02:43 PM"

Hmm, clever. Not 100% sure about his choice of names for little Carter Kelly, but food for thought: Kelly is also Matt's middle name. And perhaps Carter is in homage to his former Magic teammate and friend Vince Carter. Just a random guess, could be way off.

Posted by: Mrs. Bay to LA | May 02, 2011 at 03:08 PM

If not,I was thinking Lil wayne or jay-z and r kelley.....????

Lakers in 6

Oh there's looks worse than his does.


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