Thought folks might find the following two interviews interesting. They came from a fund raising event that Webber threw in Vegas recently.
First one is an exchange w/ Barnes. in which he unfortunately doesn't sound confident about returning to the Dubs. Not that he says anything too telling and not that it isn't obvious that he would be talking to teams, but from one fan who wants to see him back, I wish it didn't look so bleak at the moment.
Second interview is with C-Web. Included this because he mentions that he is choosing between two teams for next year: Detroit or Dallas. Like our games w/ Dallas weren't going to be intense enough, looks like some more fuel might be added to the fire, The Don and C.Web meet again...
Found it on www.slamonline.com
MT: What I remember about you, Matt, is last year at this event. We were on the white carpet at the Soiree'. Your former Sixers coaches, Maurice Cheeks and Mike Bibby's dad Henry were having a conversation. I could see the fire in your eyes. We were talking about Philly not giving you any playing time (Matt laughs). Do you remember that?
Matt Barnes: Of course I remember.
MT: All of a sudden, you go to Golden State and blow up! What was your mindset going into the off season and being so successful with the Warriors and upsetting the number one seed Dallas Mavericks. It was one of the biggest upsets in NBA history.
Matt Barnes: It was a lot of just showing what I can do. I sat on the bench for two years in Philly and didn't get the opportunity to play. I really wanted to play. Playing so hard in Golden State was my way of showing Philly that they made a big mistake by not playing me.
MT: What are you going to do this year to show everyone that last year was not a fluke? On the floor you have the eyes of a straight up assassin. I don't know if anyone expected GS to do what you did in the playoffs. It was real and it affected every single basketball fan alive who truly has their finger on the game's pulse. I felt connected to you any time I saw you play because of our conversation last year. Proud of you brotha. Follow it up!
Matt Barnes: I have to just keep working hard. Keep doing what I do. It took me a little while to arrive on this stage, but I'm here to stay. I just try to go out there and get better every day. I feel you on that connection. I thought about it during the year too. I'm in negotiations with some teams. Just trying to get back into the swing of things and get ready for the season. It's good to come out here and support Chris and his foundation and see some people I haven't seen in a while.
MT: Briefly speak on what basketball has given you. From playing high school ball in Detroit to coming full circle and playing professionally in Detroit. What has that experience been like?
Chris Webber: It's been a learning experience. It has had its ups and downs. I became a man in front of the eyes of the world. People still learn at the ages of 50 and 60. I know I'm still learning. It's been rewarding. At the end of the day it's built a lot of character and settled me. You can't get too high or too low. Take all compliments with a grain of salt and everybody that hates you, don't even listen to them.
MT: You gonna stay with Detroit? What's going on with that?
Chris Webber: I don't know. I would love to. Right now I'm thinking about Detroit and Dallas, so you never know. Watch out for BShaw though he's trying to get me in LA!