Did Harrison Barnes Disrespect The Cleveland Cavaliers?

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Did Harrison Barnes Disrespect The Cleveland Cavaliers? | Sports Takes & News | TooAthletic.com

One of the NBA’s unwritten rules was put into use on Saturday night during the Sacramento Kings victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to some, after making the game-winning three-point shot, the Kings’ Harrison Barnes broke an unwritten rule, and the social media unwritten rule book experts were all over him. What did Barnes do, and should anyone on the Cavaliers find it offensive? 

Sacramento was down by one point with 1.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday night. They had the ball in the backcourt and needed to get off a shot quickly off a long inbounds pass. The person who received the inbounds pass was Harrison Barnes, who was quickly doubled teamed as he took a step towards the sidelines, and from right in front of the Kings bench drained a game-winning three pointer. As his teammates ran over to celebrate the shot with him, Harrison Barnes broke an unwritten rule by, wait for it, slapping the back of Collin Sexton, a gesture that some took as taunting an opponent after a tough loss.

When I saw the replay, I thought Barnes was saying “nice job” to Sexton and was showing him respect with the slap on the back; it never looked like he or anyone else was trying to taunt anyone on the Cavs after a close game that clearly could have gone either way. It seems fairly common to me that basketball players will dap each other up when a defender stands firm and a shooter just makes a better play by hitting a shot … that’s called sportsmanship in my book, not taunting. 

The problem with every “unwritten rule” is that it often fails to take intent into the equation. Harrison Barnes didn’t appear to have any ill intent in his actions Saturday night; but his actions are being judged as if they did. This is another failing of the social media world that is more interested in being the “Got’ya Police” than understanding the depth of an event or actions. 

Unwritten rules are also, very often, a judgement call based upon what the viewer sees; and for me, who has seen many NBA players show respect after a game-winning shot was made and missed, what Harrison Barnes did was showing respect to his opponent after he worked hard on the final play, not showing disrespect in anyway after his team won.

As the saying goes, “Move along people, nothing to see here,” because Harrison Barnes did nothing wrong and there’s nothing for anyone to get their gym shorts tied up in a knot over. Believe what you want, because for me, there’s no violation of the unwritten rules, and the case against Harrison Barnes, in my view, is dismissed. 


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