Matt Barnes on Donald Sterling scandal, racism, LeBron, Kobe and MJ

Matt Barnes played in the NBA for 14 seasons, winning a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2017. He was a teammate of Kobe Bryant and played against LeBron James in the Finals, but never encountered anything in the NBA quite like he did while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Barnes is a part of the new Blackballed multi-part series on Quibi, which examines a major controversy in league history involving Donald Sterling and the Los Angeles Clippers.

In 2014, racist comments from Sterling, who owned the Clippers, were released by TMZ in the middle of the Clippers’ first round series against the Warriors. Sterling already possessed an entire portfolio of unflattering behavior, but the grotesque manner in which he expressed his views on race was the end of his disastrous run in the NBA. The documentary offers the perspective of Clippers coach Doc Rivers and many of the players from that season’s team, including Barnes, on their reaction to Sterling’s racist comments—and reveals just how close the Clippers were to sitting out and forfeiting games in protest during the ’14 playoffs until NBA Commissioner Adam Silver enforced a lifetime ban on Sterling.

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