Matt Barnes has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and sent to a Sacramento County jail. There were visibly marks on both Barnes and the women involved, but only Barnes was arrested. It was reported that Barnes did not allow the women to call 911, and the police responded when a 911 call from the household was incomplete. Barnes believes he was wrongly arrested, and he was actually the victim. “I was the victim but still got arrested,” said Barnes.
He later posted this on Twitter, “DON’T LET YOUR EARS WITNESS, WHAT YOUR EYES DIDN’T SEE!!!” @Matt_Barnes22.
Whatever the real story may be, Matt Barnes has started the season on the wrong foot.
The Latest on the Lakers
Ron Artest will sell his 2010 championship ring to charity in order to help develop more psychiatrist; a very nice gesture by Artest. [Slam Mag]
Team USA advanced to the next round after they beat Russia, 89-79. Kevin Durant was the leading scorer with 33, but Odom made key plays and grabbed key rebounds throughout the whole game. Odom finished the game with six points and 12 rebounds. [BasketBlog]
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The Final Four is set in the FIBA World Championships, and team USA is one of them. [FIBA.com]
FIBA wants the NBA to change its goal tending rule, so players can be allowed to knock the ball away if it is on the rim. [Slam Mag]
In an effort to expand the NBA to Russia and Eastern Europe, the NBA has opened a new office in Moscow. Russia has been getting a lot of NBA exposure this past year, first with the new Russian Nets owner and now the new league office. [NBA.com]
The Chicago Bulls are one of the teams on Carmelo Anthony’s wish list, and they Bulls are willing to offer Joakim Noah for the all-star forward. [ESPN Chicago]
Along with the Chicago Bulls, Carmelo Anthony is also happy going to the New York Knicks. After they lost the LeBron sweepstakes, the Knicks will be happy landing Anthony. [Slam Mag]
The Nets will hold an open practice next month in Russia. With their new Russian owner, the Nets will be making many more appearances in Russia . [Slam Mag]
The Kings may trade Jason Thompson before the trade deadline next season. [Dime Mag]
Omri Casspi may be a victim of a hate crime. A swastika was painted on a mural of Casspi in the mid-town area of Sacramento. [ESPN.com]