Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard has an in-depth look at Clippers forward Matt Barnes and his role as one of the NBA's most polarizing players.
In addition to getting behind the man that teammates love and opponents hate, Ballard uncovered a gem of a story from Barnes about his time learning about NBA nightlife from none other than Allen Iverson.
“Allen was the first guy that showed me how NBA players spend money in strip clubs,” Barnes says. “That guy went. HARD. He’d throw so much money, and this was when I was first in the league, that I used to take my foot and scoop the s--- under my chair and either re-throw it or put some in my pocket. He’d throw $30,000, $40,000 every time we went. I’m like, ‘You realize what I can do with this money?’”
Barnes has lots of tales from his long career in the NBA, including a near fight with his former coach Mo Cheeks, of whom he still has a very low opinion.
- Brendan Maloy