Matt Barnes knows a thing or two about messy relationships in the public. This is not a dig on Barnes. He says almost these exact words in the interview that dropped on Wednesday with VladTV. All I have to do is type the name Derek Fisher and most people who know of Matt Barnes will know what I am referring to.
Post-NBA days, Barnes is an NBA analyst for ESPN and NBC Sports for the Sacramento Kings. Check out this interview he had with VladTV.
“If everything comes out, he’ll be lucky if he coaches in the NBA again, to be honest with you,” Barnes said. “I think it’s pretty heavy, man. There’s just some stuff you can’t do. There’s some stuff you can do, so it’s just like, not judging, to each his own. I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but if everything comes out, it could get extra hot in the kitchen for him.”
How Bad Is This?
As of right now, Udoka is slated to be back as the coach of the Boston Celtics after serving his one-year suspension. Barnes, along with some other pundits, seems to think that once more information is made public—he could never coach again.
"It's not about what he did I guess. It's about who he did it with."
That's the quote that should stick with everyone. I do not want to speculate what action Barnes is referring to, and I definitely do not want to speculate with whom. That was already done early on in this scandal by too many people and it is the ugliest part of this business. The fact that Barnes said it is alarming, though.
There are some things in Barnes's ledger that are not great, to say the least. I am sure he would say the same thing. One thing Barnes has never appeared to be, however, is a liar just for clout's sake. Barnes does not seem like he is selling anything. I think we can trust that Barnes believes his information to be solid. This scandal could get worse.
As far as the people in it, I would like to ask all of us to be kind. Udoka is going to pay for his actions. His family certainly deserves space and our good thoughts. These types of situations are hard on everyone.