From pump-faking a pass inches from Kobe Bryant’s face to threatening to put his son’s dirty diaper into Lamar Odom’s mouth, the phrase “Matt Barnes will kill you” – which an Orlando-based clothing company put on T-shirts – wasn’t too much of a stretch.
That’s why Magic fans loved Barnes during his one-year stint in Orlando in the 2009-10 season: His antics gave the Magic a toughness and swagger they previously lacked, and he always stood up for his teammates.
He plays for the Los Angeles Lakers now – the Magic let him walk when he opted out of his two-year deal last summer – but he still remembers his year in Orlando fondly.
“I had a really good time when I was out here,” he said. “My neighborhood, my teammates, everything.”
— Reported by Zach McCann of the Orlando Sentinel Blog