Even LeBron James weighed in on the drama and commented on how there is some hypocrisy in the National Basketball Association as players are called out for requesting trades but the GM's get no flack for cutting a guy mid-game. Barnes had 10 points in the game. He called Barnes "a better man than me" for staying on the bench through the end of the game and cheering for his former teammates. "When a player gets traded, it's they was doing what's best for the franchise". On Wednesday, Barnes must have been the first player out of the room, gone before Rick Carlisle even finished his post-game press conference.
James went on to write that he saw a double standard with how people react to players changing teams in free agency or requesting trades - often calling them selfish - compared to their reactions when franchises ship out their own players.
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"I had a chance to speak to him before everyone got in the locker room [after the game] and thanked him for over two-and-a-half great years of being a model pro and being one of the most improved players in the game". "I'm going to miss him an bad lot".
"Obviously disappointed for my guy". "He's been a great influence on the team and the community".
"I don't know too much about Harrison", Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein told reporters Wednesday night. "He had an imprint so we're going to miss him".