Rick Barry was top-of-the-line to up a pair of basketball sneakers.
One in all thr NBA’s 50 Biggest Basketball Gamers of all time, Barry is a World Champion in each the NBA and ABA.
A a number of All Star, scoring champ, was one of many NBA’s 50 Biggest Gamers and the grasp of the underhanded free throw.
With such a prolific resume, Barry is an authority to talk on a myriad of matters together with different greats like retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and his former Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neal.
Barry believes that Kobe Bryant is a primary poll Corridor of Famer when he’s eligible to be inducted in 2021.
In our Q&A by way of the Scoop B Radio Podcast, Rick Barry expressed that he questioned what would have occurred if Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal had remained teammates in Los Angeles with the Lakers.
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: I chatted with New York Metropolis, basketball legend, Pee Wee Kirkland final week and he talked about how he felt that Kobe Bryant truly meshed the road ball sport, the worldwide sport, in addition to the NBA sport, and the prep college sport multi function. In your thoughts being a basketball historian that I respect, do you assume there may be anyone in NBA historical past, or the place they not born but that had been in a position to full all these issues of their profession.
Rick Barry: I don’t observe that shut to have the ability to know who’s achieved all that. The underside line is that Kobe is a champion, he’s going to be a Corridor of Fame basketball participant. 5 years from 2016, so in 2021 he can be happening into the corridor of fame. He’s an awesome basketball participant, and he’s achieved so much and I can let you know that every one of that he could have achieved and a number of the information that he has, the one factor Kobe believed in was profitable. He was all about profitable. And I feel one of many issues that occurred with the Lakers when he had Shaq there, was that he was not blissful that Shaq didn’t come able to play on a regular basis. And didn’t play himself into form, and present as much as able to play on a regular basis. And I feel that basically bothered Kobe so much. And I feel each of these guys had been silly not speaking about it, as a result of they’d one thing particular going… It was one thing that doesn’t occur occur fairly often. And finally someday when they’re so much older in life they’ll be sitting down saying: “What the hell was I fascinated with?” “Why on the earth didn’t Kobe and I didn’t simply keep collectively and create an actual true dynasty?”
Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson: Once you talked about that “what the hell was I considering second…” what about for you? Did you’ve gotten that type of a second in any respect throughout your profession after it was all mentioned in achieved? Something related?
Rick Barry: Nicely I’m an enormous believer in every thing in life occurs for a purpose, and what takes place. You reside with it, you settle for it, you progress on. You don’t can’t come again, you don’t reside prior to now. If I had one thing to do the place I might be in the very same place I’m right this moment, with the household that I’ve, with my spouse and my younger son, mates and I’m in a position to do proper now and I can change one thing, with out shedding that, as a result of this wouldn’t be if I haven’t did what I achieved prior to now. I’d be that I most popular to remain and play within the NBA my complete life.
Kobe Bryant’s variations Shaquille O’Neal and and arguments over their respective roles on the Lakers, adopted by a commerce that despatched O’Neal to the Miami Warmth whereas Bryant was re-signed as a free agent by the Lakers had been later detailed in Phil Jackson’s e-book, The Final Season: A Workforce in Search of Its Soul.
Value noting: On this present day 23 years in the past, Shaquille O’Neal left the Orlando Magic and joined the Los Angeles Lakers.
Shaq signed a seven-year, $121 million contract with the Lakers.
Jerry West had so much to do with that.
Jerry West was additionally was accountable for buying and selling Vlade Divac to the Charlotte Hornets in an NBA Draft day deal in 1996. That deal introduced Kobe Bryant to the Lakers.
The remaining is historical past. Coached by Phil Jackson, O’Neal and Bryant gained three consecutive NBA Championships from 2000-2002 and make an NBA Finals look in 2004.
Shaq was the NBA Finals MVP in every of their victories.
“All Jerry West did was inform the reality,” Shaq advised me.
“So after I was leaving Orlando, he introduced me right here and advised me the reality. I’d have a younger staff and a man named Kobe. That man’s going to be good however in a few years you’re going to have championships. It wasn’t no ‘get you this or get you that.’ Jerry’s not that kind of man.”