Matt Barnes Slaps Coach At Summer League Game

Monday night Matt Barnes was involved in an ugly incident during a game in the San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am Summer Basketball League at Kezar Pavilion.

Matt Barnes slaps assistant coach during summer league game

(Coach Rick Lewis (l) was slapped by Barnes - pic via

Nate Stuhlbarg of reported on the game, and hinted at what happened:

Late in Monday night’s game, new Laker Matt Barnes provided the latest example when he was T’d up for a tense exchange with an assistant coach.

As if to prove that Payton’s years-old assessment still applied, Barnes got in the face of SF City assistant coach Rick Lewis and had to be pulled to his side of the court. A double technical ensued - the lone occasion when the intensity superseded the game of basketball - despite the playoff-caliber physicality maintained from tip-off to final horn.

Stuhlbarg provided no further detail on the incident in his game story. also posted video of the scene involving Barnes and Lewis that precipitated the double technical foul. But the actual altercation between the two was inexplicably edited out of the video. See for yourself:
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