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There is some excitement out there today about Matt Barnes and a fight he may or may not have gotten into Thursday night in a San Francisco Pro-Am game at Kezar Pavilion. This is the best video I have seen from that game, although it contains highlights of the whole game, and the after-fight scene, but no swings.
ESPN.com college basketball writer Diamong Leung arrived at the gym shortly after whatever happened, and talked to Barnes, who does not sound like a guy shrinking from the notion that something happened, and says:
That's part of the game, man. It's physical. You know what I mean? People come out here and think they can beat and push on me. There's only so much I'm going to take. I'm a grown man first, so if you think you're going to come out here and rough me up and cheap shot, I'm not having that s__.
He elbowed me and pushed me, so he got one.
People just think they can talk any way or do anything to ... me. You can't. You can't do that, cuz you know people are men out here. So if you think you're going to come out here and punk someone, that s__ ain't happening.
Leung also talked to a San Francisco police officer in attendance who says: "They got tangled up. A couple guys took swings. Both connected. It got broken up. They didn't eject him. Different rules here, I guess."
In other news, Barnes went on to hit the game-winner, as you can see on the video above.
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