Rick Barry Rumors
Remember Rob Parker? No? That’s probably a good thing. He was the journalist and regular on First Take who was fired by ESPN for calling Robert Griffin III a “cornball brother.” Yeah, that guy. Well, he’s still pumping out ridiculous hot takes, now for FS1 and Fox Sports Radio. He got into a particularly heated debate with Hall of Famer and NBA legend Ricky Barry about LeBron James’ decision to pass to a wide-open Kyle Korver in the final minute of Game 3 of the NBA Finals, which culminated in Barry calling Parker a loser before hanging up the phone.
Hall of Famer Rick Barry knows a thing or two about the NBA. He seems to keep up on it, and he’s even called LeBron James the greatest small forward to ever play the game. Barry is strong-willed, and his opinions rarely come with any flexibility. That’s why it probably won’t shock you to learn that, during a radio hit with Fox Sports Radio’s Rob King this week, Barry got so infuriated with King’s interpretation of LeBron James’ pass to Kyle Korver that he hung up on him. Barry, adamant that James made the right call with 52 seconds left in Game 3, passing to Korver for an open 3-pointer. Korver missed, and the Warriors went on to win, 118-113.
Rick Barry went out of his way to warn Warriors fans against jeering Joe Lacob during a 2012 ceremony honoring Chris Mullin, and the Dubs legend recently went into detail about that incident. Barry replied emphatically when asked on KNBR if he truly thought Lacob, the new majority owner, was special as he grabbed the microphone amid boos based on Golden State trading Monte Ellis. “Well, I really believed that he was doing the right things and he was bringing in the right people and he was willing to spend his money and do the things that weren’t being done previously with the franchise, “Barry told KNBR’s Gary & Larry program Tuesday. “And it all paid off. I mean he brought in great people.”
Twenty-one year old Karl-Anthony Towns finished the season averaging 25.1 points per game and 12.3 rebounds per game. Towns is the youngest player in NBA history to average at least 25 points and 10 rebounds per game in a season. That distinction was held by Rick Barry, who was a slightly older than Towns is when he did it for the Warriors in his rookie season of 1965–66.
Rick Barry thinks Portland shouldn’t play Jusuf Nurkic in the postseason. “I would never take the chance with somebody you knew was valuable to your future. Not to play in a series that you knew your chances were remote to win even if everything was going your way,” Rick Barry said. “I’d look to the future.”
Can the 50-10, 1st place GSW win without their leading scorer? It ain’t looking good … according to longtime Warrior and HOFer Rick Barry. “I would think the chances are diminished considerably [without Durant]. I don’t think they would have an opportunity to do it without Kevin Durant because he is such an integral part of their success so far this season.”