Rick Barry Rumors
Talent committed to the BIG3 include: Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups, Gary Payton, Kenyon Martin, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal, Rashard Lewis, Jason Williams, Bonzi Wells, Mike Bibby, George “The Iceman” Gervin, Ricky Davis, Al Harrington, Rick Barry, Rick Mahorn, Clyde Drexler, Kenny Anderson, Jamario Moon, Smush Parker, Ruben Patterson and Etan Thomas. Payton, Gervin, Barry, Mahorn and Drexler will serve as coaches, with Iverson serving as a player/coach – the rest are confirmed to play.
Florida forward Canyon Barry, the son of Hall-of-Famer Rick Barry, has received plenty of attention for adopting his father’s underhanded free-throw shooting style. And it has paid off in a huge way for Barry and the Gators this season. In the Gators’ 71-62 win over Texas A&M on Saturday, Barry set a school record by making his 39th consecutive free-throw. He’s gone more than nine games and counting since he last missed from the charity stripe.
Eight-time NBA All-Star and Hall of Fame basketball player Rick Barry joined me on the Bald Faced Truth radio show on Wednesday (12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM) and downloaded on the problems he sees in the NBA, his persona, and the Trail Blazers (15-21) woes this season. Barry specifically talked about the line of hungry Blazers players from last season who were rewarded with long-term guaranteed contracts and now aren’t playing with the same success.
“I think it’s about the character of the players,” Barry said. “It shouldn’t matter how much money you’re making. You should have great personal pride to be happy with yourself and give your best effort and be the best you can every time you step on the court. Obviously, they misjudged the character of these individuals that if all of a sudden they’re getting paid these contracts and are not going to give the effort… they screwed up.”
Here’s a revelation in the ongoing saga of Andre Drummond’s free-throw shooting: Rick Barry, the noted under-handed foul shooter of the 1970s, offered to help. Stan Van Gundy confirmed the news Tuesday, saying Barry, a career 89 percent free-throw shooter, reached out to him over the summer as the Detroit Pistons mulled over what to do with their struggling All-Star center.
Drummond, who shot an NBA-worst 35.5 percent at the line in 2015-16, ultimately nixed the idea and went the route of virtual reality. He’s shooting a career-best 44.7 percent this season. “Everything was considered, but he wasn’t as receptive,” Van Gundy said. “You don’t really want to do things guys aren’t receptive to. “He’s made a significant improvement from last year. The guy’s up 10 percent. That’s a huge improvement. That’s certainly nowhere near where you want it. You certainly don’t want it below 50, but I think expecting him to go from 35 last year to 60 right away is probably an unrealistic expectation.”