Matt Barnes: 'Like these cops are trigger happy, these new refs are T happy'

Former Warrior joins 'Mornings W/ Joe. Lo & Dibs' to break down Game 4

Karl Buscheck
April 23, 2018 - 11:41 am

The day after the Warriors dropped Game 4 to the Spurs, former two-time Dub and 2017 NBA champ Matt Barnes joined "Mornings W/ Joe, Lo & Dibs" on Monday to discuss the setback and the unusual tech assessed to one David West.

In the third quarter, West earned a T for protesting a foul call (from the bench) and then running up the tunnel to hop on a spin bike for his customary ride before entering the action.

Asked if the league's officials have become too sensitive, Barnes offered the following.

“Refs need to get over themselves," Barnes told Joe Fortenbaugh, Dan Dibley and Ray Ratto who was in for Lorenzo Neal.

"This is the playoffs and they want us to be robots. I mean, everybody’s enthusiastic and passionate about what they do. So, if you can’t show any kind of emotion, what is the point of playing?"

When asked to guess who handed out the tech — it was Tony Brothers one of the most litigious officials in the NBA — Barnes had no guess.

“I’m just going to say that 75 percent of them have no idea what they’re doing. So, I’ll just to leave it at that. It could have been a handful of any of them.”

Barnes then launched into an extended explanation (including an unexpected analogy) when pressed on why refs seem to be quicker on the draw when it comes to technicals...

“I think it’s more about them wanting to be recognized and noticed," Barnes said. "The NBA’s getting so big that everyone wants to be famous. So, I think referees, there egos are a lot bigger these days. And they take everything very personal.

“I mean, don’t get me wrong, being ref is a very tough job — managing 10 of the best athletes in the world. At the same time, I think there is way too much ego from their standpoint.

“We’re so emotionally involved in the game sometimes. Things are going to happen and refs have to take that into (account). And the old refs used to. But these new refs are just, you know, like these cops are trigger happy, these new refs are T happy.”

Check out the full interview with Barnes in the podcast below and jump to the 16-second mark to hear his take on the refs:

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