HoopsHype Jon Barry rumors

October 8, 2013 Updates

Q: Your return to TV will be primarily in a studio role this time as opposed to working games courtside. What are the challenges that poses for you? Doug Collins: In talking with ESPN and John Wildhack, they have such great game analysts. Jeff [Van Gundy] has really become one of the premier analysts in the game and you have Hubie [Brown] and Jon Barry and Doris [Burke]. So they tried to carve out a spot that would be beneficial for both parties. I’m going to do 10 ESPN Wednesday night games and then I’m going to do 10 ESPN Friday night studio shows and then I’ll do all nine national games [in the] ABC studio during the regular season. Then come playoff time I’ll do all studio. And then I’m going to do the draft and the World Championships. ESPN.com

July 3, 2013 Updates

ESPN NBA analyst Jon Barry thinks the key to Stevens' success in Boston will come down to his relationship with Rajon Rondo, the team's mercurial point guard who missed much of last season with a knee injury. "It certainly hasn't turned out well for most recent college coaches who have made the jump to the NBA. We've seen one after another struggle," Barry told USA TODAY Sports. "Boston is rebuilding, and it's going to be a difficult transition. But they have a pretty good young group, and sometimes that has a lot to do with the hire. He's probably going to get along well the players, and a lot of the players have been in college recently and know what Brad Stevens has done. "But the big question is how does Rajon Rondo feel. If he's not on board, it can create problems all the way down." USA Today Sports

September 11, 2012 Updates

In the latest sign that Bill Simmons is the most powerful man at ESPN, the columnist and man behind Grantland will reportedly join ESPN’s NBA studio show this season. Simmons and former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy would replace Chris Broussard and Jon Barry, according to Sports By Brooks. However, ESPN couldn’t confirm the report when contacted on Tuesday by FishbowlLA. “We are in the process of considering all assignments for both returning and potential new commentator roles. As we’ve said before, Stan is someone we’d be interested in exploring,” said ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo. “For Bill, same applies, we’re exploring the best ways to utilize all of our talent, including Bill, this NBA season.” Media Bistro

June 22, 2011 Updates
June 10, 2011 Updates

ESPN analysts Magic Johnson , Michael Wilbon and Jon Barry discussed the Mavericks’ Game 5 win over the Miami Heat. Some highlights: Wilbon: This is my 25th NBA finals I have never seen 5 consecutive games this close, this competitive, this smart. You don’t see knuckleheaded play. People know what they’re doing. It's so exhilarating to watch. Barry (on the shooting): Let's play like the Phoenix Suns . … You're talking about guys like Brian Cardinal contributing, Juwan Howard is 38 years old, (Ian) Mahinmi -- these aren't household names in the NBA Finals making contributions. This is an incredible series. Magic: Give Jason Terry and Jason Kidd a lot of credit. Normally Dirk closes the game for the Mavs. Not tonight. It was both Jasons. And give J.J. Barea a lot of credit. For the first time the guards of the Mavericks dominated the guards of the Heat. Stuart Scott: LeBron James may have had the quietest triple double in the history of important big-time playoff basketball. Dallas Morning News

May 18, 2011 Updates
May 14, 2011 Updates

But Barry thinks that blowing up the roster would be a difficult task. "I don't know how much flexibility they really do have," he said. "What other pieces are there that people might want? I think Jameer [Nelson] would be a guy that could probably bring something back in value. I think J.J. Redick has some value. But is that going to be enough to get and lure Chris Paul? You're going to need obviously maximum-type money to bring in a guy like that." Orlando Sentinel

The Western Conference finals belong to ESPN. That means Mike Breen, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy courtside, with Stuart Scott, Michael Wilbon, Jon Barry and Magic Johnson in the studio. TNT owns the rights to the Heat-Bulls Eastern Conference finals, with Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Reggie Miller courtside. Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley will be in the studio, with guest appearances from Kevin McHale and Chris Webber. Charlotte Observer

February 20, 2011 Updates

“Just because I didn’t pick them to win the title?” he said, before Sunday’s All-Star Game. “So I hate 29 teams?” Barry called Dwyane Wade and LeBron James “two of the three best players” in the world, but he’s just not sure Miami will be able to score in the playoffs — when it’s harder to get out on the break — without a low-post option. “They’ve struggled with late-game situations, because LeBron doesn’t know how to play without the basketball. He’s never had to. Dwyane, for the most part, hasn’t either. He’s done it a little more than LeBron in previous years, but he doesn’t move. A lot of standing around, they settle for a lot of jumpshots, again, because they don’t have low-post options.” Palm Beach Post

He said he doesn’t understand why James was so maligned for going to Miami, to try to win. “Everybody thinks I’m a Heat hater, I don’t understand that,” Barry said. “I don’t hate the Heat. Look, I respect LeBron James as much as any player I’ve ever watched. The guy’s incredible. Dwyane Wade, the same way. It’s not that. There’s 29 other teams I don’t pick to win.” He said “as soon as they get a couple more pieces for next year,” the Heat will be the best team in the East. Palm Beach Post

September 3, 2010 Updates

Q: I can't interview an ESPN NBA analyst without talking LeBron James. What were your thoughts on his decision to join Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami? Jon Barry: I hate to see two great, great players -- in my mind, two of the top three in the league with he and Wade -- join up. I like seeing them go against each other. We're not going to see the greatness of each player on a nightly basis like we're accustomed to seeing. That's disappointing. But I can't blame LeBron because you're ultimately judged by the number of NBA rings on your finger, and that team is going to be one of the favorites. islandpacket.com

Q: Is it too early to consider the Heat one of the favorites to win the championship this year? Jon Barry: I'm not quite on the wagon of them winning it all yet. I believe it's going to take some time. I know the Celtics did it a couple years ago when they added Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to Paul Pierce's team, but that's a different scenario. Those guys were great players, but they weren't two of the best three in the league. I don't know that it's going to jell for the Heat. They will have to put a lot of pieces together around them. Championships take time. You have to go through a learning curve and take a loss to get over the hump. I think it's going to take them more than just one year to get it done. islandpacket.com

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