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Kings sit Barnes for rest, not because of legal issues, coach says

Kings coach Dave Joerger on status of Matt Barnes for Friday's game vs. Knicks

The Sacramento Kings coach explains his decision regarding Matt Barnes for Friday's game against the Knicks.
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The Sacramento Kings coach explains his decision regarding Matt Barnes for Friday's game against the Knicks.

Kings forward Matt Barnes received Friday night off against the New York Knicks.

Kings coach Dave Joerger said he planned to rest Barnes at Dallas or New York on their recent trip but decided against it.

The decision to sit Barnes on Friday night, the coach said, was unrelated to possible charges against him for his role in an altercation at a New York nightclub early Monday morning.

Barnes watched Friday’s game in street clothes on the bench.

“I was going to give him the Dallas game off (Wednesday),” Joerger said. “And I’m going to start doing that periodically, once a week, once every three or four games. And then I got to Dallas and I thought, if I have him sit out that night, then it looks like a discipline issue. So I played him that night.”

Barnes, 36, is the oldest player on the Kings’ roster by five years. He’s averaging 25.4 minutes, sixth on the team.

“He’s not a spring chicken,” Joerger said. “I’ve been playing him a lot of minutes, so I was going to give him the New York game off last weekend. But as a coach or a player, I think it’s a special place to play.”

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