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Matt Barnes wasn't trolling Derek Fisher on Instagram

When Matt Barnes posted a photo Monday on Instagram of himself sitting in a sport jacket staring into the camera after the Knicks fired Derek Fisher, many assumed it was a shot at Fisher, with whom Barnes was involved in an altercation with on Oct. 3.

The reported physical altercation with Fisher, who was at Barnes’ ex-wife Gloria Govan’s house with Barnes’ children, has cost Barnes a good chunk of change. He was suspended in December for two games after an NBA investigation and was fined $ 35,000 last month for “comments condoning violence” after he said of the incident “Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is. And unfortunately, it happened.”

So while Barnes wasn’t surprised his Instagram post blew up, he’s no longer interested in discussing Fisher and potentially losing more money.

“It kind of is what it is,” Barnes told the Daily News Wednesday morning at Barclays Center. “People assume what they want to assume. I learned my lesson from talking and doing what I did. I got fined a lot of money. So I just kind of stay out of that situation now.”

Matt Barnes isn’t interested in discussing his feud with Derek Fisher, who was fired as Knicks coach on Monday.Mary Altaffer/AP

Matt Barnes isn’t interested in discussing his feud with Derek Fisher, who was fired as Knicks coach on Monday.

Barnes said he had “no thoughts” about Fisher’s firing and that his Instagram post was simply to show off his style.

“I liked what I was wearing,” Barnes said. “That’s it. That’s all it was.”

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