Matt Barnes reveals where Warriors championship ring he didn't accept is


If he didn't help earn it, Matt Barnes doesn't want the credit.

Barnes was a key bench piece on the Warriors' 2017 NBA championship team, but suffered an ankle injury prior to the playoffs and played sparingly in the Dubs' 16-1 march to the NBA title. Barnes has been open about the fact that he doesn't consider himself an NBA champion, and, in fact, never even picked up his championship ring.

So, where is the expensive keepsake?

"That ring is still in -- shoutout Raymond Ridder, the best media dude, mogul for the Golden State Warriors -- that thing is sitting in his office. I don’t count that as a championship," Barnes said on his "All the Smoke" podcast.

Barnes explained that since he didn't help the Warriors when the lights were brightest, he doesn't feel entitled to the ring, even though it came in the final season of his NBA career.

"I came in when [Kevin Durant] went down, playing a consistent 20-25 minutes, the game KD comes back, I get hurt maybe a week before the playoffs and I’m out of it," Barnes said. "Worst ankle sprain of my life. I’m not healthy until the end of the second round when they’re already 8-0. So me being a vet knowing they’re not going to change the rotation, I’m not expecting them to change the rotation, I’m just going to sit here and be a super vet, cheer these mother f----rs on, talk to people when they need to be talked to and just enjoy the ride.

"I didn’t sweat. I wasn’t in the mother f--king dog hole with these dudes," Barnes continued. "I didn’t get to guard LeBron. I got a free ride, I got a free ring.”

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While that's an admirable stance from Barnes, he still averaged 20 minutes per game that season and was a valuable bench piece on one of the greatest teams of all time.

Go get your ring. It was earned.

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