Kobe recruiting Barnes: "Anyone crazy enough to mess with me is crazy enough to play with me"

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 8 years ago '08        #1
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Kobe recruiting Barnes: "Anyone crazy enough to mess with me is crazy enough to play with me"
 

 

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The courtship began with a text message. Matt Barnes typed out a greeting, added his name and pressed send. Surprisingly, Kobe Bryant texted right back.

The flirting escalated from there.

Ultimately, Barnes signed a two-year deal Thursday with the Lakers, a lifelong dream of the former UCLA Bruin.

On Tuesday at the Lakers training complex, Barnes explained that his route to L.A. was largely because of Bryant, the player with whom he has a bumpy past.

"He told me one day that anyone crazy enough to mess with me is crazy enough to play with me," Barnes said.

Barnes, a forward who averaged 8.8 points and 25.9 minutes a game last season for the Orlando Magic, is on his seventh team in eight years. It appeared he would be heading to Toronto in a sign-and-trade deal, but that fell through.

Other teams appeared interested, but Barnes eventually signed for less money in order to pursue a championship with the Lakers, who at most can pay him $1.77 million next season; Barnes also has a player option for about $2 million in 2011-12.

"I'm coming to a team that's won two straight titles, so I hope to be a small piece that helps them win No. 3," said Barnes, who will wear No. 9 and is expected to bolster the Lakers' perimeter defense.

The Lakers were in search of a physical defender after Raja Bell, another player who often "messed" with Bryant, signed with Utah. Barnes was a natural fit, as he and Bryant engaged in high-level trash-talking in Orlando's 96-94 win last March.

Bryant "just respects people that compete the hardest," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said. "He's not really in a popularity contest to make friends."

Kupchak said the move was a "conscious effort to get tougher," which jibes with the additions of gritty guard Steve Blake and shot-blocker Theo Ratliff.

Talk of the Lakers additions brought up the issue of Miami, which brought back Dwyane Wade, and added LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

"Miami has a lot of firepower offensively, but we've got the same offensively, and we're tough on D as well," Barnes said. "I can't wait."

Even though Bryant expressed interest in Barnes, the Lakers didn't have the resources to sign him until last Wednesday, Kupchak said, crediting the Lakers' ownership.

"They sense the implications of being in a position to win three in a row," he said, adding that what Miami and other teams have done has kicked in their "competitive nature."

Speaking of that, Barnes said he's glad to be Bryant's teammate.

"After eight years of my career, I'm finally done guarding [Bryant] except in practice," Barnes said. "He's going to be on my side hitting those game winners instead of hitting them on me or seeing them hitting on my team."


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78 comments for "Kobe recruiting Barnes: "Anyone crazy enough to mess with me is crazy enough to play with me""

 8 years ago '04        #2
LovinPavan 
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Kobe shower meeting part II.
 8 years ago '05        #3
Afnorth123 10 heat pts10
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steve blake is gritty? he seems like a normal chill guard to me

he wasnt gritty when aaron brooks was lighting that a.ss up in the playoffs 2 years ago
 8 years ago '04        #4
Silentmurdah33 1 heat pts
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why didnt he recruit chris childs if that was the case?
 8 years ago '04        #5
DJ Maximum|M 51 heat pts51
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 Silentmurdah33 said:
why didnt he recruit chris childs if that was the case?
he gave that n*gga a 2 piece and a biscuit lol
 8 years ago '07        #6
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What happened to Raja Bell then?
 07-28-2010, 07:44 AM         #7
Silver N Black 
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 Silentmurdah33 said:
why didnt he recruit chris childs if that was the case?
:laughing9: :applause:
 8 years ago '05        #8
J 39 heat pts39
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@ kobe thinkin he's hard
 07-28-2010, 07:44 AM         #9
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Man the NBA is so gay now... This is like PJ Brown and Charlie Ward wanting to be teammates...
 8 years ago '05        #10
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 A.O. said:
Man the NBA is so gay now... This is like PJ Brown and Charlie Ward wanting to be teammates...
The animosity between Barnes and Kobe wasn't that serious. Barnes instigates with everybody.
 07-28-2010, 08:05 AM         #11
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lmao @ Kobe wanting players that f**k with him {pause}
 8 years ago '10        #12
MistaKlean 1 heat pts
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kobe is the best in the game right now. you can tell by how fellow players in the league talk about him. all the current players p!ss on 'bron 'bron. kobe is a true leader, lebron is a follower.
 07-28-2010, 08:55 AM         #13
A.O. 
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 MadGam325 said:
The animosity between Barnes and Kobe wasn't that serious. Barnes instigates with everybody.
Even so my good man.. Not this season that past, but the previous one.. Artest and Kobe were at each others necks every game that playoff series, mad tension and what that lame Artest do in the off-season... Ride Kobe c*ck for a ring..

I mean its like MJ said about Lebron.. BEAT the Best, dont join em..

I mean it is Matt Barnes he is an absolute nobody, so its whatever..
 07-28-2010, 08:57 AM         #14
A.O. 
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 MistaKlean said:
kobe is the best in the game right now. you can tell by how fellow players in the league talk about him. all the current players p!ss on 'bron 'bron. kobe is a true leader, lebron is a follower.
Please.. stop it.. Kobe maybe a great Leader, but he is not the Best player in the game right now..

I think Lebron is kind of like Iverson.... Best player on his team, but is just not the leader on the floor.. so its whatever..
 8 years ago '05        #15
Bea5T 137 heat pts137
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lmao @ the haters
 8 years ago '10        #16
Nautilus O 18 heat pts18
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I could understand if Ron Artest said this but we all know Kobe aint ever thrown a punch or even balled his fist up unless it was to celebrate a shot.

 07-28-2010, 09:14 AM         #17
A.O. 
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 DylanSpitsFiya said:
Ron Artest bailed Kobe out in Game 7 when he buckled under the big lights...Just sayin'.
Artest was just in Gasol spot.. everybody knows thats Gasols job to bail kobe out..
 8 years ago '08        #18
arthurmack27 8 heat pts
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oh wow, the laker hatred runs crazy in this thread. why doesnt everyone become a heat fan (for making moves) or just stop watching ball period cus their teams are NOT making moves.
 8 years ago '07        #19
Cambury 39 heat pts39
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we need to split the forum into old school vs new school cuz the thoughts yall have are bugged to me.
 8 years ago '07        #20
Cambury 39 heat pts39
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 A.O. said:
Please.. stop it.. Kobe maybe a great Leader, but he is not the Best player in the game right now..

I think Lebron is kind of like Iverson.... Best player on his team, but is just not the leader on the floor.. so its whatever..

Iverson was overrated man...I posted a video where MJ was guardin Starbury for a game and got his has bust and crossed like crazy and dude said "yea but he was old as f**k" where was all that same talk when AI shifted him that one time. MJ never said he was outmatched by AI...
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