Vertical Pod with JJ Redick: Matt Barnes

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Sacramento Kings guard Matt Barnes joins The Vertical Podcast with JJ Redick.

Barnes, a 13-year NBA veteran, talks with Redick about fatherhood, his travels through the D-League to the NBA, and how dramatically different he believes his on-court persona is from his everyday life.

Barnes also details his tumultuous relationship with former coach Mo Cheeks and how Don Nelson gave him an opportunity to square things with Cheeks while playing for the Golden State Warriors.

4:30: How Redick got the nickname “Bubs” on the Clippers.
6:00: Barnes’ experience at the Rams game on Sunday and his stellar high school football career.
9:47: Barnes discussing a return to the Clippers before signing with the Kings this summer.
13:42: Spending a year away from his family while playing in Memphis.
16:33: Barnes’ winding journey across the NBA, including stops in the D-League.
18:38: The contrast between Barnes’ on- and off-court personas.
19:47: Barnes extremely rocky relationship with Mo Cheeks, including a memorable story.
26:53: Playing his career on short-term deals.
31:00: How NBA players use salaries to validate their performances.
32:30: Has the off-court drama impacted Barnes’ career and perception in the league?
41:26: Barnes’ outspoken nature on social media.
45:45: Does Barnes plan to protest the country’s racial injustices?
49:00: How national anthem protests might be received by the NBA.

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