11 things you may not know about Rick Barry

Whoa!

1. Growing up, his goal was to be a professional baseball player.

2. He made the All-NBA 1st Team his rookie season. Same thing in his first year in the ABA.

3. He married the daughter of his college coach, who also coached him in the ABA.

4. He’s one of only two players to average more than 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in the NBA. The other one is Michael Jordan.

5. He didn’t want to

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Sugar: Micheal Ray Richardson, eighties excess, and the NBA

Excerpted from Sugar: Micheal Ray Richardson, Eighties Excess, and the NBA. Copyright © 2018 by University of Nebraska Press.

After the Knicks disastrous 33-49 performance during the 1981-82 season, Hubie Brown replaced Red Holzman. Brown was a superb technician, who had broken the game down into every conceivable situation: How to execute and defend single-double baseline-picks. How to throw lob passes into pivot men. Which was the push-off foot for making a zipper cut from here and also from there. Which way to turn when slipping a pick-and-roll. Letting the defense determine if a shooter should curl, fade, or make a back-door cut when presented with a down-pick. And so on.

On the other side of the ledger, Brown

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Nets can add two first-round picks and two max free agents in 2019

The Brooklyn Nets are primed for a strong 2019 summer as they continue their rebuild, especially since their most recent trade gave them more assets.

After trading away Jeremy Lin and Isaiah Whitehead but acquiring the expiring contracts of both Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur, the Nets were able to land an additional first-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

It is the first time they’ve had the rights to their own first-round draft pick since 2013. The franchise has made a selection with their own pick in the first round just four times total since 2008, adding Brook Lopez that offseason and Terrence Williams the following year. They drafted Derrick Favors in 2010, but traded him after just one season.

The front office has had to surrender their first-round picks to the Boston Celtics for most of this decade. Next year, they could have one of the top lottery picks and add talent to their young core. This will be a welcome

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NBA in his rearview mirror, Chase Budinger looks to make Olympics in volleyball

Chase Budinger realized something when he was riding his bike on the strand in Hermosa Beach, CA. This pathway is routine for Budinger, 31, but his ride always put into perspective that he’s not in the NBA anymore. 

“It hits me all the time when I’m biking down to practice,” said Budinger recently from his home in Hermosa Beach. “I really just enjoy the lifestyle and I’m really able to enjoy my two jobs.”

Budinger, whose NBA career lasted eight years, spent three years apiece in Houston and Minnesota, with his last two seasons landing him in Indiana and Phoenix. After going under the knife twice – meniscus surgery in 2012 and arthroscopic knee surgery in 2013 – he was waived by the Brooklyn Nets in 2016. Trying to revive his basketball career again, he had a stint in Spain with Baskonia, but basketball seemed to be in the rearview

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Report: Jabari Parker wants to play for his hometown Chicago Bulls

Restricted free agent Jabari Parker, the No. 2 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, is reportedly interested in joining the Chicago Bulls.

Definitely think there’s some smoke to Jabari Parker and the Bulls. Apparently he wants to be a Bull, according to sources

— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) July 13, 2018

Parker, 23, has played his entire career thus far with the Milwaukee Bucks but could switch teams this offseason. If Parker signs an offer sheet with another team, the Bucks would have up to 48 hours to match the deal. In terms of potential suitors for Parker, the Bulls seem like a legitimately good fit.

Their roster could use help at small forward too, considering the lineup most often used by Chicago featured Denzel Valentine at small forward. Valentine has averaged 8.0 points and 4.1 rebounds per game during his career and is a bit undersized since he’s playing

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