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