Matt Barnes, left, and ex-Knicks coach Derek Fisher, right, are shown during a February game. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Los Angeles Lakers are the talk of the NBA, if not the entire sports world, and for all the wrong reasons. But if no one saw the D’Angelo Russell-Nick Young scandal coming, given the bizarre circumstance of one player placing a teammate’s engagement to a high-profile pop star in jeopardy with a secretly recorded video that took months to surface, another aspect of it seems a little more predictable.

That would be Matt Barnes using the whole mess as more than enough reason to take another shot at his nemesis, Derek Fisher. The Memphis Grizzlies forward is, of course, still carrying quite a grudge against Fisher, the ex-New York Knicks coach who is romantically involved with Barnes’s estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

On Thursday, Barnes posted a photo of Fisher to his Instagram account, one with text laid over it referencing a violation of “guycode.” Barnes added this caption: “Folks got the game so a– backwards these days you don’t know who to trust!”


This is hardly the first time Barnes has used Instagram to take a shot at Fisher. On New Year’s Eve, the Memphis player, who was once on the same Lakers team as Fisher, posted an epic rant, one in which he complained of being “stuck in the ‘triangle offense’ [with] my ex & snitch, I mean former teammate & friend.”

In February, very shortly after Fisher was fired by the Knicks, Barnes posted a photo of himself, staring straight at the camera. The Instagram post didn’t have a caption — because none was necessary.

Of course, Barnes hasn’t restricted his shots at Fisher to just the social-media realm. After all, his beef with his former teammate blew wide open after reports emerged in October that he had driven to Govan’s house in order to assault Fisher.

In January, Barnes said of his feud, “Every man who looks at the situation knows what’s right and wrong.” Ominously, he added, “Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is.”

Fortunately for all concerned, sometimes the answer is to simply to use a wholly unrelated NBA scandal to clown your enemy on Instagram. Well played, sir.