Rick Barry Rumors
“Whatever happened to running something to get an easy basket? … I’ve said it before, I’d be getting (James) the ball on the move. The defense, the Warriors, have made it hard on him. He has had to take some really tough shots because they know what’s coming now, so they’ve made some really tough adjustments to it, and they’re making him go left most of the time. I kept saying, ‘Don’t let him go right. Don’t let him go right.’ If he beats me going left, and he beats me with his outside shooting, I can live with that.”
Barry has never been one to pull punches, and he had a few for the Cavaliers too. He’s amazed by James just like the rest of us, but the Cavs’ isolation-heavy offense is enough to turn his 71-year-old stomach. “Somebody has to help him,” Barry said of James, who had 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists and according to the Elias Sports Bureau is on track to become the first player to average at least 35 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the Finals (he’s averaging 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists). “I don’t think you win championships if your star player has to do so much one-on-one and work so hard. I don’t think they make easy shots for him.”
“He still has a little way to go as far as the passes that he chooses to make at times,” Barry said of Curry. “He tries to make the great play instead of the simple play. But he’s getting much better at it and his shot selection. “But he really has become a great player. And if I had a vote for the Most Valuable Player, Steph is right there. He’s been unbelievable.”
Outspoken Hall of Fame guard Rick Barry called a portion of Golden State Warriors fans “fools” and made other digs toward Stephen Curry, LeBron James’ former teammates and the 1976 NBA champion Boston Celtics while he celebrated with his old championship team on Monday night. “All those fools that were booing during the Chris Mullin [jersey retirement] ceremony should be writing letters to [Warriors co-owner] Joe Lacob apologizing for what they did because it worked out pretty good,” said Barry, who unsuccessfully tried to calm the crowd as it booed Lacob during Mullin’s ceremony on March 18, 2012.