Matt Barnes Reveals the Best Part About Playing Alongside Kevin Durant and Steph Curry on the Warriors

Published 10/05/2021, 12:17 PM EDT
Golden State Warriors players Draymond Green (23), Kevin Durant (35), and Klay Thompson are photographed with their Olympic gold medals during media day on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group) (Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images)


Former NBA star Matt Barnes spoke recently about his experience being part of the Golden State Warriors’ championship-winning team. Barnes played with Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry during the Warriors’ 2017 NBA season. These revelations by Barnes came on a show by ‘fubo Sports’ channel on YouTube. NBA teams are currently training for the upcoming 2021-22 NBA season at their respective training camps.

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Appearing on ‘No Chill with Gilbert Arenas’, Matt Barnes candidly spoke about his Warriors’ experience. Host Gilbert Arenas steered the discussion to Barnes’ initial move to the Warriors in 2017 from the Sacramento Kings. Barnes recalled the memorable experiences he and his children had in his brief stint with the Warriors. Before his 2017 NBA championship-winning season, Barnes previously spent two seasons with the Warriors between 2006 to 2008.

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Barnes said, “I think the best part about that whole ride was that the twins got to experience with me. So they were traveling on the plane in the locker room in the Western Conference Finals after practices. At nine years old, having shootouts with KD and Steph.”

“I was just like, to me, that experience was so dope and then when we won the championship, these little motherf*****s are on the front of the stage trying to grab trophies from coach and KD and Steph and thinking they want a championship, too. So it’s like you couldn’t tell those little motherf*****s they didn’t win nothing, so that’s why I decided to buy them rings as well.”

He reiterated, saying, “But again I think the best part of it obviously the opportunity was dope. Playing with that team was dope, but the chance to my, the opportunity that my kids got within that experience was amazing to me.

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Can the Golden State Warriors contend for the NBA championship?

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The Warriors front office seems to be in two minds, on one side building a young core group of players. The Warriors bringing in James Wiseman, Moses Moody, among others, illustrated this strategy. But they could have improved on this as their established superstars in Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green get older and more prone to injuries.

May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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The Warriors can achieve a decent season only if they manage their older players’ minutes regarding injury concerns. Currently, Steph Curry is their strongest shooter with 32.0 points per game last season.

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But a one-man team without Klay Thompson can only go so far. At the same time, younger players could contribute to their franchise’s season by getting consistent minutes and improving their scoring.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the Greek Freak.

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