Matt Barnes announces NBA retirement on Instagram

Former Del Campo High School star Matt Barnes, who played with Sacramento last season before being released and joining Golden State, talks about receiving his championship ring from the Warriors before they tipped-off Monday's game against the Kings.

After 15 seasons, the NBA veteran has decided to call it quits.

Matt Barnes, a Sacramento native, announced his retirement from the NBA, through social media, in an Instagram post calling his 15-year run "cool".

The 37-year-old forward was drafted in the second round by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002. He played for nine different teams throughout his career, including his hometown Sacramento Kings.

Barnes was also a member of last season's NBA championship Golden State Warriors.

He leaves with career averages of 8.2 points per game and 4.6 rebounds while shooting nearly 44-percent from the field. In his post, Barnes says he did it his way and he sure did.

The tenacious forward brought us many classic moments on and off the court. Who could forget the infamous no flinch ball fake against Kobe Bryant, being a member of the 2007 "We Believe" Warriors who defeated the No. 1 seeded Dallas Mavericks in the playoffs or feuding with his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Derek Fisher who was dating his ex-wife.

His grit, passion, fearlessness, stingy defense and willingness to compete against top NBA stars will be missed.

Barnes attended Del Campo High School in Sacramento where he was also an All-American and All-State in both basketball and football.

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