Jim Barnett is in his 31st season as the Warriors television analyst, having called the action and provided unique insights for three decades worth of the organization’s greatest moments – from Sleepy Floyd’s record-setting playoff performance; to the Run-TMC era; to We Believe; to the club’s three most-recent playoff appearances, culminating in the 2015 NBA Championship; and everything in between.
A self-proclaimed gym rat who still finds time to work on his jump shot, Barnett continues a deep-rooted passion for the game of basketball. He showed it on the court during an 11-year NBA career and now shares his passion with viewers as the Warriors color commentator. Once again this season, Barnett will join Bob Fitzgerald in broadcasting all Warriors games on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
In addition to his broadcast work, Barnett plays an active role on a variety of television and radio programs throughout the basketball season. He serves as a co-host on various Warriors programs, including all of KNBR’s postgame radio shows. Active in the community, Barnett also entertains a number of speaking engagements throughout the greater Bay Area during the year, including several guest appearances at Warriors Basketball Camp sessions.
Barnett’s NBA career began when the Boston Celtics selected him with the eighth pick overall in the 1966 NBA Draft. He later played for the Warriors for three seasons (1971-74) and five other teams during his 11-year career. Barnett teamed up with many of the league’s Hall of Famers, including Warriors stars Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond, as well as Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Pete Maravich and Julius Erving. Nicknamed "Crazy Horse," Barnett averaged 11.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 732 games.
While Barnett’s NBA career is over, his playing days certainly are not. Since 1984, he has participated in the National AAU Master’s Championship in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and still competes in several international Master’s Tournaments each year.
A native of Riverside, California, Barnett was a basketball All-American at the University of Oregon and is a member of both the University of Oregon and State of Oregon Athletics Hall of Fame, as well as the Riverside Hall of Fame. Currently residing in Orinda, Barnett enjoys golfing, biking, tennis, and spending time with his daughter, Jennifer, her husband, Scott, and his six year old granddaughter, Stella Hope.