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Matt Barnes says he had the support of some Knicks in feud with Derek Fisher

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Matt Barnes won’t stop talking about his feud with Derek Fisher, now going as far to claim that some of Fisher’s own players took his side in their feud.

Barnes’s Grizzlies host Fisher’s Knicks for the first time since the incident involving Barnes’s estranged wife, and Barnes claims his actions have received plenty of support around the league.

“It’s been great — my teammates, organization, other guys throughout the league, people from his team, people from other sports, people from the entertainment world,” Barnes said Friday, via Marc Berman of the New York Post. “I’ve gotten a lot of support throughout the whole situation. Unfortunately, I got suspended. That’s in the past. Now we are focused on playing against the players from the Knicks.”

Barnes naturally didn’t specify which Knicks had supported him, but it was just the sort of comment to further twist the knife.

Barnes has had a lot to say in the buildup. On Thursday, he said that he doesn’t “talk to snakes” when asked if he’d acknowledge Fisher. He’s also referred to the Knicks coach as a “snitch” on Instagram. It all stems from Barnes confronting Fisher over a relationship with Barnes’s estranged wife, a fight that only stopped because one of Barnes’s children reportedly begged him to. Needless to say, security will be on high alert.

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