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Brent Barry
Brent Barry
Position: None
Born: 12/31/71
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:203 lbs. / 92.1 kg.
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Fourteen-year NBA vet Brent Barry, who witnessed the Terry incident on the court as a Spur, sees a Napoleonic trend. “It’s almost like in the cartoons,” Barry says. “You get the big thugs coming after the small guys, and the small guy’s advantage is that, man, if I can hit this guy right in the sweet spot, I can take him down.” Stan Van Gundy refers to it as the “little man’s move.” “Generally it’s when they feel like illegal screens are getting set on them, that’s the little-man’s move … they’ll get the screener,” Van Gundy says. “If the little guy feels like the big guy is sticking a knee out on a screen or into them, that’s sort of the recourse that they have to get even. It’s not like you’re going out and slugging somebody in the open. It’s normal arm movement a lot of times.”
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Robert Horry: Here are a few things I think: Brent Barry was one of the smartest players I ever played with in the NBA. Rudy Tomjanovich was the best coach I ever had, not Phil Jackson or Gregg Popovich. Kobe Bryant was the hardest working player I ever played with. The Triangle is just a fancy name for the same plays that 50 percent of the NBA runs. Dennis Rodman was a genius. Basketball is a ruthless business. Winners don’t take no shit.
Brent Barry knew the Spurs were fortunate. He doesn’t believe James was frightened by the stakes (“I’ll never say that about that guy; he’ll go down as one of the top five players of all time”) but does suspect “the gravity of the situation” may have been too much. “I just felt like, man, we’re just catching this guy at the right time,” Barry said. “I remember talking to Timmy about it, and just having the sense, we don’t want to play this guy the next three or four years. And it ended up being up seven years later, and LeBron got it back. It was the fact that, thank goodness, we’re getting on this freshman when we’re seniors.”
The former 1996 Slam Dunk Champion said, “I think he’s doing a massive disservice to what it is teams now know are keys to a successful run in not only building your roster, but to winning championships.” Barry continued, “Talent, you’ll always need talent, but to think that they don’t use the numbers to benefit their team and use that as a tool to be better, you gotta get out of that cave.” Analytics has become a huge part of the NBA, and is used now more than ever. “It broadcasts where your team’s huge deficiencies were,” said the two-time NBA champion. There is now no doubt that analytics, and the data collected have been able to help teams adjust their rosters to make themselves better. “NBA basketball was, in the 80’s, purely a two man game,” Barry recalled. “They would put the two best players on one side of the floor, and the other players had to be within touching distance of their man and the best players in the world would operate one on one with the defensive guy. There’s no doubt that the game has changed in recent years. It’s become more of a team game, more ball movement and more player involvement. [Analytics has created] such a monumental shift of movement style offenses, passing style offense.”