NBA and ABA superstar and Sports speaker for hire Rick Barry is one of the most legendary basketball players of all time. Barry was drafted by the San Francisco Warriors of the NBA before making the jump to the American Basketball Association and then back to NBA. He would play for the newly named Golden St. Warriors and Houston Rockets in the NBA, garnering 8 All-Star selections, and an NBA Championship.
Sports speaker for hire Barry started his career in 1965 in the NBA, but after an outstanding 3 years, and offer of more lucrative contracts in the newly formed ABA, Barry made the move. He had some of his best years in the game in the ABA, receiving another 4 ABA All-Star bids, and averaging around 30 points per game each season. Due to a legal rift between the leagues, Barry was forced to return to the NBA, where he continued his stardom. He won an NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors in his long-awaited return and was the Finals MVP in their run.
After his playing career, Barry became one of the first players turned broadcasters. Barry was the color commentator and game-play analyst for many teams and networks including TBS, TNT, CBS and for teams including the Seattle Supersonics and Atlanta Hawks. Barry also hosted his own sports talk show in the early 2000s.
With Barry’s involvement in both the ABA and NBA during its early years and throughout its history, both on the court and in the booth, he is a staple in basketball. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987 and legacy remains in the Bay Area and around the country. Barry’s autobiography, Confessions of a Basketball Gypsy: The Rick Barry Story, written with Bill Libby, details a candid perspective of his life across decades of basketball history.
BOOKS: Confessions of a Basketball Gypsy: The Rick Barry Story
APPEARANCES: CBS, TBS, TNT
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