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Ex-Warriors ahead Matt Barnes does not refer to himself as the NBA champion



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In late February 2017, Matt Barnes was quashed by kings.

Less than two weeks later – shortly after the Golden State star, Kevin Durant suffered a knee injury – Barnes signed with the Warriors.

Just over three months later, Barnes became the first NBA champion for his 14-year career.

Recently he was a guest at the promotion "Look My Mind" and was presented to him:

"We're now welcome to the NBA champion, Matt Burns. Are you still feeling good about people getting to know you this way?"

His answer is likely to surprise you:

"To be honest with you, I really do not count that championship. Obviously, through the process of my career and everything I achieved, I earned it, but I got hurt in the playoffs and I never got anything.

"I felt like I was not there on the ground with my guys – sweating and fighting – it was given to me. I appreciate the opportunity and the ring, but I really do not remember myself as a champion or wearing my ring.

"There's a nice ring for it, but as far as my mentality is concerned and the way I always go for things, I feel as if it was given to me."

Barnes was inactive for the first four playoff games in the warriors, and then played only 61 combined minutes over 12 games.

So, it is understandable why it feels like it does.

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But Barnes was very solid after the regular season – 5.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 20.5 minutes per game – and absolutely deserved to be called the NBA champion for the rest of the eternity.

Do not sell short, Matt.

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