Matt Barnes is one of those players you hate to play against but love to have on your team. So it’s sort of perfect that the Grizzlies traded for him. He himself said that he epitomizes the “grit and grind” style that Memphis idealizes. But even though Barnes said that the Clippers are his enemy on the court, he wanted to set aside the time to thank the city of Los Angeles for his time there. Read his lengthy Instagram post if you have the time.

Don't really know where to start.. Although I'm from Nor Cal LA has raised me, from coming here at 17 to attend UCLA on to pros…. It was a dream come true the first time I put that LAKER uniform on & step on the purple & gold court.. But wat might hv been just as amazing as playing for the Lakers was being a small part of helping a historically bad franchise become one of the best franchises & teams in the league! I took ALOTA pride in that because I felt when I came in the league I was the "clippers" so to speak.. Doubted passed over & not really spoken about.. Now hate me 👀or love me ima household name & the clips are a force to be dealt with! I came here a boy & I'm leaving as a man! You've seen the Good times & the Bad, never claimed or tried to be perfect but wat i did try to do is ALWAYS STAY REAL & TRUE TO MYSELF!! The one thing you can't deny is every time I stepped on the court I left absolutely EVERYTHING out there! I think I know better than anyone "This is a business" so you can NEVER get your heart involved, but I can't lie, this shit hurts for a lot of different reasons.. As my run in LA has come to an end I wanna thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for the LOVE, SUPPORT & $h!t even the hate, all of that has made me THE MAN I AM 2day!! To Live in Die in LA it's the place to be 🎶🎶 hahaa YALL take care & #THANKYOULA

A photo posted by matt_barnes9 (@matt_barnes9) on Jul 29, 2015 at 3:55pm PDT

While we’re reminiscing back to when the Lakers were halfway decent, let’s think how many former-Lakers the Clippers signed. Barnes, Antawn Jamison, Jordan Farmar, now Wesley Johnson, and that’s not even the complete list. But seriously, Barnes served the city of Los Angeles well. And Kobe Bryant is NOT scared of Barnes.


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