A trip home to Sacramento for Matt Barnes means confronting ghosts of his troublesome past: a drug dealing father, being threatened by the KKK for protecting his sister, and living near dangerous gang members, among many other things. It’s not a pleasant trip down memory lane, but in this VICE Sports exclusive Barnes explains why all the hardships he experienced in his youth helped him grow as a man and become one of the most valuable role players in the NBA.
MEMPHIS, TN – JULY 28: Dave Joerger head coach and Chris Wallace GM of the Memphis Grizzlies introduce Matt Barnes #22 to the media during a press conference on July 28, 2015 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Brandon Dill/NBAE via Getty Images)