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In addition to being one of the best players in Warriors history, Rick Barry is one of the best players in basketball history. A 1987 inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame, Barry was also named one of the NBAís 50 Greatest Players of all time in 1996. He played eight seasons with the Warriors, averaging 25.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists. After winning NBA Rookie of the Year honors in 1966, Barry led the Warriors to the NBA Finals in both 1967 and 1975. He earned MVP honors in the 1975 NBA Finals when the Warriors swept the heavily favored Washington Bullets for the franchiseís only championship in West Coast history. Barry now lives in Colorado and is involved in a number of business ventures. He is also a three-time World Long Drive Champion (golf) and has a growing interest in fly-fishing.
Warriors.com (DotCom):What sorts of things are keeping you busy right now? Rick Barry (RB): I have a new passion. I do fly-fishing and go to Alaska a bunch of times (a year) to go fishing, which is just like dying and going in heaven for me. In fact, Iím getting ready to head out for another trip shortly. Iím going with Clifford Ray again. Clifford and I go every year. We take a trip to Alaska and itís kind of become our thing to do once a year.
Iím trying to produce a television show thatís a cross between ďThe Amazing RaceĒ and the old ďSuperstarsĒ competition where there will be two guys representing each of the NBA, MLB, NFL teams and the Professional Bull Riders Association. Three teams from each of those leagues will compete against one another Ö and itís all about challenges. Itís really pretty exciting.
I have a lot of things keeping me busy. Itís like every time I turn around, itís something new. And of course I was doing the long driving competition in golf in which I was the three-time defending champion.
Iím also doing my fantasy camp again this year. I didnít do it last year, but Iím going to do it up in Rohnert Park at the University of Sport. Itís really a lot of fun. Clifford (Ray) is going to be out there this year, Al (Attles) is going to be doing it and I think Nate (Thurmond) will come to dinner one time and say hi to everybody Ö Our camp is really hands on. We have a good time.
DotCom:Are you the kind of guy who has to have a lot going on or can you sit back and relax? RB: The fishing is a great relief for me. When Iím out thereís no cell phone ringing. Iím out there fishing with bears. Iím in the middle of Godís country catching tons of fish. I just absolutely love it. Thatís great, great relief for me and kind of a getaway. I plan on doing more of that.
DotCom:As a parent of a kid with a chance to play Division I basketball, how do you handle that anxiety of wanting your kid to do well vs. how you handled it before? RB: Itís a lot easier having been through it four times with the other boys. My wife is a basket case having been an All-American player herself and she lives and dies through it like I did because she knows the game so well. Ö You still never lose that want for them to succeed. You want them to do well and not make any mistakes. Itís a difficult situation sitting there because you donít have any control over it, but itís also incredibly rewarding.
DotCom:What do you think of your sons following in your footsteps as pro basketball players turned broadcasters? RB: Itís really amazing when you think about it. When you think about what the odds are to have four boys to not only be able to follow in the footsteps in a basketball career but to also be good in the secondary career as far as the broadcasting, itís pretty remarkable. And my son Canyon has the chance to be a nice player, too.
DotCom:Other than your best friend Clifford Ray, do you keep in touch with any of your old teammates? RB: I try to stay in touch with some of those guys. Iím trying to get them all to go on a fishing trip. It would really be kind of cool to spend some time together. When youíre on a team and you achieve something like we achieved in 1975, you have somebody to share it with Ö On a team basis, we were there together. We were like a family and what we accomplished was so incredible.
DotCom:Why was that 1974-75 team such a special championship team? RB: Jamaal Wilkes was the big surprise. He was Keith Wilkes at the time, who was the Rookie of the Year. And he was an integral part, but then we also had Phil Smith who was a rookie who had come along and had really contributed tremendously to our success. And then we had two centers who combined as superstar centers in Clifford Ray and George Johnson. And other people coming off the bench Ö You have to have other people doing it and stepping up.
Find out more about Rick Barry's upcoming Fantasy Camp in Rhonert Park, Calif., by clicking here. Barry is also the spokesman for the DotShot Basketball Shooting Aid. Learn more by clicking here
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