One would think the NBA couldn't hurt its image any more than it already has during the ongoing lockout. But some players aren't doing their part to help the league's case.
On the same night that Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley got into an altercation with a fan, Lakers reserve Matt Barnes allegedly punched an opposing player in the face during a game at the San Francisco Pro-Am, according to San Fran-based KGO-TV.
Barnes, however, told the story a little bit differently.
"He elbowed me and pushed me, so he got one," he told ESPN.com. "People just think they can talk any way or do anything to … me. You can't. You can't do that, 'cause you know people are men out here. So if you think you're going to come out here and punk someone, that [expletive] ain't happening."
No video exists of the incident, although the aftermath can be seen here.
Like Beasley, Barnes' team wound up on the winning side of its controversial summer league game Thursday night. And on top of that, the 6-foot-7 forward ended up hitting the game-winner by banking home a floater at the buzzer.
Check it out in the video below.
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