t-mac says if he won in 2013 with spurs, it wouldn't have counted Barkley says if he won with the 90s Rockets or if Karl Malone won with the 2004 lakers, it wouln't count Now Matt Barnes saying his 2017 ring doesn't feel real??? Why former Warriors player Matt Barnes doesn't want his 2017 NBA championship ring Former Warriors forward Matt Barnes doesn't want his championship ring Matt Barnes capped his 14-year NBA career in storybook fashion. After being put on waivers by the Sacramento Kings, he was picked up by the Golden State Warriors for the stretch run and was part of the 2017 team that defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. But Barnes doesn't consider himself an NBA champion. In fact, he never even picked up his championship ring. On his "All the Smoke" podcast last week, Barnes revealed (around the 1:09:00 mark) the ring is still sitting in the office of Golden State vice president of communications Raymond Ridder. "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. "I got a free ride, I got a free ring.” Barnes averaged 5.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 20.5 minutes per game in the 20 regular-season games he played with the Warriors that year. But it was a different story in the playoffs. "I didn’t sweat ... I didn’t get to guard LeBron (James)," he said. With Durant fully recovered, Barnes played just 61 minutes in 12 playoff games. And for that reason, he concluded: "I don't count that as a championship."