Derek Fisher Addresses Alleged Fight With Matt Barnes

matt-barnes-derek-fisher and gloria govanWhile the public gets wrapped up in the drama surrounding Matt Barnes and Derek Fisher, it’s business as usual for Fisher, who remains focused on his job.

According to ESPN, the New York Knicks coach, who flew to California Saturday afternoon to see his children and missed practice on Monday because of travel issues, took time out from Wednesday’s preseason Knicks game to respond to the situation.

For Fisher, the situation is a “personal and private” matter that shouldn’t be addressed in a professional setting.

“Personal and private matters are personal and private,” Fisher said. “We’re obviously public figures, but we’re at work. So I won’t be commenting on anything that’s happened personally or privately for me.”

Fisher’s comments come after Barnes emerged as a trending topic Wednesday (Oct. 8) following news of him driving 95 miles to Los Angeles home of his estranged wife Gloria Govan to “beat the sh*t” out of Fisher, his former teammate.

Reporting more details surrounding the incident, Page Six noted that Barnes’ six-year-old sons called to tell him that Fisher was at their house. After speaking with his son, Barnes reportedly dropped everything and hightailed it to Govan’s home.

Media sources report that Barnes arrived at the home around 11:45 p.m., the time the alleged fight went down. Govan was apparently not spared from Barnes’ wrath, with reports claiming the athlete “spit in her face.”

Although representatives for Barnes and Govan have not commented on the incident, the NBA has acknowledged that something did go down between the Barnes and Fisher. A spokesperson for Barnes’ team, the Memphis Grizzlies, stated the incident is currently under investigation.

Govan and have been separated for more than a year, while Fisher filed for divorce from his wife of 10 years in March.

Despite remaining mum regarding the incident, Fisher did reveal that he spoke about the alleged fight with Barnes to Knicks players.

“I wanted to make sure that before they were asked about it at least that they heard from me directly about my state of mind and how present I am,” Fisher said. “I’ve been through a lot in life and experienced a lot of things. And sometimes we go through things in life that we can or cannot control. I’m here; I’m focused. It’s not something that’s going to take me away from who we are and what we’re trying to do. And I assured them of that. The only way to do that is to go out and do your job, and that’s what we’re going to do tonight.”

For Carmelo Anthony, Fisher’s situation “kind of caught everybody off guard.”

“Nobody really knew what was going on,” the Knicks forward said. “Still, nobody knows the details of what’s happening.”


Gloria Govan Talks Matt Barnes Breakup; He Blasts Her Mothering Skills on Twitter

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Former “Basketball Wives” star Gloria Govan and sister Laura teamed up to talk about being single mothers during a photo shoot, according to YBF.

But Gloria’s former’s ex, Matt Barnes, took to Twitter to express his distaste with her mothering skills. Barnes blasted Gloria for being too fame thirsty and walking red carpets over motherhood.

“S/O 2 all the real mothers out there who take [care] of their responsibilities. Not on EVERY red carpet or flyin all over the country chasing ….?” he tweeted about his estranged wife.

He added, “I solute yall… NOTHING on this earth should come b4 your children. Also S/O the dads that handle their business… Always keep your kids 1st.”

Barnes clearly feels some type of way about his ex. But Gloria opened up about the split — adding perspective on why they separated.

“My entire relationship was really in the public. Not that it was easy, but it was easier this time around. I’ve kind of dialed it down in the social media aspect of it, I’m not posting things or tweeting. I’m just kind of letting it ride out.”

She added, “My relationship with Matt is so up and down I don’t think a lot of people were surprised … I think it was harder on other people than it was on me. I’m not fortune telling, I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future.”

As for Laura, she was engaged to Gilbert Arenas, and now she’s raising their several children as a single mother like her sister.

“Both of us being single, single moms, and coming out, and just showing who we really are, is going to be a big thing for us,” she said.

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Gloria Govan Ready for Season 2 of ‘Basketball Wives: LA’

Even though her business is all the way out there, Gloria Govan says bring on another season of “Basketball Wives: LA.

“We definitely had our moments, and our fights, our altercations, our blowups, but I’m proud of them. There were many occasions we could have thrown blows or water… So, I’m proud of them. I think they really brought it, and I think that’s why we got offered a second season,” she told WBLS radio host, Egypt.

Govan isn’t a new face to the franchise series. She was a part of the original program “Basketball Wives,” but had the most issues. She then vowed never to return. But when she and her now former fiancé Matt Barnes were approached with the LA edition, they reconsidered.

“Matt got traded to L.A., and we came out to L.A., and we just got the opportunity,” she said about her decision to do the series. “The creators of the show said, ‘Hey, you’re out in L.A., if you get a group of girls together that we feel like would make a good show, then there you go.’”

And about her rocky relationship with Barnes, the current instability is not a problem so much, as she’s getting a little time to herself to refocus. She also mentioned that when it comes to returning to the show, Barns isn’t as much a part of the equation as he used to be.

But she also admitted that the instability is in part due to the drama going on with the NBA.

“It adds some added stress. You look at your money differently. You look at your situation a little differently: your 401K, the kids’ college fund. This is his contract year. He’s kinda going back on unsure territory,” she said. “I think that definitely had something to do with it.”

Gloria Govan on Her Break Up with Matt Barnes

Break ups don’t have to be so terrible.

Reality show star Gloria Govan is a testament to that notion, as she recently split from Matt Barnes. Although the couple is no longer a couple, their relationship plays out on television every week on VH1’s “Basketball Wives: LA.”

But it’s not getting her down none. In fact, she says life is good.

“I’m happy with where I am now,” she told VH1.

Her announcement of the split came on Tuesday after the couple has been together for years, produced two children together, and making the move to Los Angeles.

“It hasn’t been an easy ride moving across the country twice, having kids at 21 when I just graduated college; it hasn’t been easy,” Gloria said, adding that the pressure of the NBA lockout has also been a huge stress on her former fiancé. “But we’re still friends and we’re still working things out and I wish him nothing but the best.”

All in all, the mother of two’s outlook is pretty optimistic and so is her sister’s.

Laura Govan is rooting for their reunion and thinks they’ll wind up together.

Gloria isn’t planning to date anyone any time soon. She’s just taking the time to refocus and get things back in order.

Did Matt Barnes and Gloria Govan Actually Split?

Gloria Govan recently took to Twitter to share her impatience for rumor starters after word started circulating that she and her man Matt Barnes split.

Supposedly the basketball player grew weary of her “reckless talk” and left her, and right before her big “Basketball Wives” debut tonight on VH1.

People are always going to try and find a way to bring you down,” she tweeted late last week, neither confirming nor denying the breakup. “Your rumors aren’t going to ruin my last day in paradise, sorry!!! SMH

But it’s not far from believable because the couple’s relationship has been called into question before, being that they were supposed to have wed last year. But just days before the nuptials were to be said, the ceremony was called off.

Also, there was talk about a domestic dispute between the two, forcing Matt to later clear up domestic violence charges last year October.

On the subject of being “in paradise,” when one of her 28,000+ followers asked Gloria if she was on a cast trip, the reality TV star just tweeted, “ :-D … Lol I’m pleading the 5th.”

“Basketball Wives: LA” premieres tonight, Monday Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. E/P on VH1.


‘Basketball Wives LA’ Cast Revealed

The official cast for the LA spinoff of VH1’s “Basketball Wives” has been announced.

Premiering Aug. 29, the new installment will follow actual “wives,” unlike much of the Miami-based original.

The new cast features Kimsha Artest, wife of Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest; Jackie Christie, wife of Doug Christie, former player for the Los Angeles Clippers; and Imani Showalter, ex-fiancée of Charlotte Bobcats’ Stephen Jackson.

Also former Miami cast member Gloria Govan, fiancée of Laker Matt Barnes, will star in the LA series, alongside her sister Laura Govan.


Gloria Govan Denies Abuse by Fiancé Matt Barnes

Gloria Govan of VH1′s “Basketball Wives” is coming to the defense of her NBA boyfriend Matt Barnes, who was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of domestic violence.

She also refers to the Los Angeles Lakers player as her “fiancé,” despite the fact that her scheduled August wedding was abruptly cancelled.

“Any accusation of domestic violence are false,” Govan said in a statement issued Thursday by the couple’s publicist Laura M. Wright. “My fiancé, Matt Barnes, has never physically abused me or my family.”

As previously reported, Sacramento County sheriff’s spokesman Tim Curran says deputies responded to a disconnected 911 call late Wednesday afternoon to the home that Barnes shares with Govan and found her with visible injuries. Curran says Barnes was arrested after deputies determined he was the primary aggressor.

The athlete, released after posting a $50,000 bond, is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 13.

Barnes also denied the accusations in a text to reporter Bryan May of Sacramento’s News 10, stating, “U know any domestic violence situation 9 outa 10 times the man gets arrested. That’s the case here I was the victim but still got arrested. No matter what I say people are gonna think what they want…“

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