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Tuesday , May , 25 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Orlando needs Matt Barnes … and now

Magic forward Matt Barnes is upset over his reduced minutes in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics.

However, Barnes still wants to remain with the team.

He can opt out of the two-year contract he signed last summer, but said Monday night: "I want to come back."

Barnes played just 16 minutes in Game 3 on Friday night, but tallied 30 in Monday night's overtime win in Game 4.

"I want to be out there to help my team. The money thing is whatever," he said. "More than anything, I just hate to watch from the bench, especially when we're not playing hard and that's what I bring to the court. "I've just been cheering. I hate it, hate it. It's tough to watch."

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And if the Orlando Magic, down 3-1 to the Boston Celtics, wants to make a series of the Eastern Conference Finals, they need to continue playing Matt Barnes.
 
After all, the energetic swing can defend, rebound, and nail three-pointers. Barnes had a workmanlike 10 points and 7 rebounds in game four.
 
Most importantly, when playing well, he gets under the skin of opponents. For instance, Barnes didn't back away from a confrontation with ultra intense Celtics post Kevin Garnett. And during the regular season he declared viral jihad via twitter against the Los Angeles Lakers' Lamar Odom.
 
Bottom line: Barnes' edge is good for the Orlando Magic, a team of mostly nice guys. Instead of worrying about next year's contract, they need him now.
 
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Tuesday , May , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

[vid] Basketball Wives: Laura and Gloria Govan Discuss the Shaq Rumors

Basketball Wives just keeps getting better and better, huh? In this clip, Laura Govan and her sister Gloria, the fiancée of Gilbert Arenas, discuss the rumors that Gloria slept with Shaquille O'Neal. Laura also takes a shot at the other basketball wives, calling them "bitter" and jealous of her relationship with Matt Barnes. Let us know what you think of the clip by leaving a comment below.

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Matt Barnes: I Was 100% against ‘Basketball Wives’
Friday , Apr , 30 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Matt Barnes: I Was 100% against ‘Basketball Wives’

Matt Barnes is the only active NBA player to have appeared in Basketball Wives, and evidently he's none too happy about it. He appeared on Jim Rome's radio show recently and let us know how he really feels about the TV show that gives us a glimpse into the lives of NBA wives and girlfriends. (If you haven't seen it, by the way, click here to watch Matt Barnes' appearance on Basketball Wives.)

 “I was 100% against it. Shaunie O’Neal approached my fiancée (Gloria Govan) and I was really apprehensive about it. They kept approaching my fiancée Gloria about it back and forth and back and forth and I was really against it. My fiancée talked to the producers and went through everything and felt good about it. I definitely backed her."

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Thursday , Apr , 22 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Van Gundy, Barnes, Howard Feel Disrespected by Refs

“I mean, it’s just so frustrating because you know, his first four fouls, and I’m not saying they’re not fouls, I haven’t looked at the tape, but there’s certainly nothing blatant,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “There’s nothing where it’s obvious to everybody that it was a foul. I just don’t see other great players in this league on the bench all the time with foul trouble, especially on marginal call. I just don’t. But, you’re sitting there on all of those and you’re going ‘wow, really that’s a foul?’And he’s sitting down; he’s played 28 minutes in each game.”

“No respect,” said Matt Barnes. “Dwight gets no respect, from the refs or from the league as far as not being mentioned as the MVP. It’s crazy to see what they do to him every single play and then he puts his arm up and they call a foul. So it’s tough, but I think we did a good job playing through that.”

Howard was asked if he feels disrespected by the referees.

“I do,” Howard said. “I just want to try not to get frustrated. It’s very tough when you’re out there playing and you try to block shots, rebound and be physical and sometimes the whistle doesn’t go your way. I try not to get frustrated, my teammates do the best they can to keep me from losing my head; I haven’t done it in six years, hopefully I can continue.” 

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All or nothing: Cavaliers, Lakers, and Magic must win NBA Title or face major changes
Saturday , Apr , 17 , 2010 Oly Sandor

All or nothing: Cavaliers, Lakers, and Magic must win NBA Title or face major changes

The Quick Hit: For the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Orlando Magic, it’s all or nothing.

The all is having Commissioner David Stern hand over the Larry O’Brien trophy in two months and pronounce them world champions in a champagne soaked ceremony.

Only the all will do. Only the all will satisfy their demanding fan base. Only the all will satisfy their demanding owners, who have taken on multi-million dollar luxury tax payments for this precise moment.

While nothing, or falling short of an NBA Title, will force Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Orlando to make wholesale changes this off-season. Right or wrong, fair or not, these are the stakes when playing for a contender.

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The NBA’s 50 Worst Tattoos
Sunday , Apr , 11 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

The NBA’s 50 Worst Tattoos

You wouldn't believe the number of inky abominations etched into the pelts of pro ballers.  I'd originally planned a simple list of the league's ten worst tats, but when my dishonourable mention section hit double digits I realised I'd need to expand the scope of the project a little.  Even when I elongated the list to twenty-five terrible tattoos, I still found that I had to exclude some real atrocities.  In the end it took a full fifty spots to showcase the shittiest skin art in the L.

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