After missing a bunch of attempts, a worn-out Armstrong realized he had no shot at advancing in the final seconds of the round so he just tossed the ball up and “made a layup.”  He was so disappointed with himself, he said he called his Mom that night and cried. In December 2010 Erin Barry issued a statement[19] denying the reports[20][21] about an extra-marital affair with teammate Tony Parker being the cause of their separation. So it was no surprise when the NBA released the names of the 1996 dunk contest participants, Barry’s name was on it. Barry graduated from Oregon State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1995.[16]. 31-50! 16-30! It didn’t surprise me since David Stern and the NBA were really weird about hip-hop music in the mid 90s; they even banned rap music from being played in the background of the 1994 dunk contest, even though they had Will Smith “emceeing” the event. In 2013, Barry began making regular appearances on NBA TV's The Starters in his own segment: "The Bone Zone". On October 23, 2009, Brent Barry's career ended when he was cut by the Rockets at the end of training camp, leading Barry to later remark that "all the Barrys were buried in Houston". He is also a commentator of the NBA 2K series and since has been a commentator since the latest release of this game, NBA 2K21. The shooting guard played professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning two league championships with the Spurs, and also won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1996. [7], After being drafted by the Denver Nuggets, Barry was traded immediately to the Los Angeles Clippers. In 2018, Barry joined the San Antonio Spurs' front office as their vice president of basketball operations. The not so popular 1996 NBA dunk contest is mainly known for two things: #1 is Brent Barry, four years after Woody Harrelson tried to dunk in the sports classic “White Men Can’t Jump (which surprisingly is a favorite of the late great Stanley Kubrick), becoming the first and only white guy to ever win the event. Brent would begin his Seattle career as a back-up for fellow Oregon State alumnus Gary Payton. Barry opted out of his contract and became a free agent on July 1, 2008. On July 10, Barry signed a 2-year contract with the Houston Rockets, becoming the third member of the family to join the franchise. [4] In 2018, he returned to the Spurs as an executive. The not so popular 1996 NBA dunk contest is mainly known for two things: #1 is Brent Barry, four years after Woody Harrelson tried to dunk in the sports classic “White Men Can’t Jump (which surprisingly is a favorite of the late great Stanley Kubrick), becoming the first and only white guy to ever win the event. His stepmother, Lynn Barry, also was an accomplished basketball player in college. Brent Robert Barry (born December 31, 1971), also known by the nickname "Bones",[1] is an American basketball executive, broadcaster and former player. There he would average 11.2 ppg, make 669 3-point shots, and start the majority of his NBA career (296 out of 328 games), and total 4,107 points. LOL! In June 2007, he won his second NBA championship ring when the Spurs swept the Cleveland Cavaliers 4–0. Failing to fill the void of a Jordan-less Bulls, the team traded Brent for Hersey Hawkins and James Cotton from Seattle on August 12, 1999. Later in those same playoffs, Barry earned his first championship ring when the Spurs defeated the Detroit Pistons in the 2005 NBA Finals. Keep in mind, he’s straight outta Concord, California! In the summer of 2004, Barry was signed as a free agent by the San Antonio Spurs, where he spent most of the season as a backup. [6] He was the first caucasian player to win the competition. Preseason 2020-21 FAB 50: Teams No. [9][9], Barry signed with the Bulls on January 25, 1999 and signed a 6-year $27 million contract. Re-live Brent Barry's high-flying 1996 Dunk Contest performance. [5] Barry was generally considered a good passer and had three seasons where he averaged more than 5 assists per game. [15] He was partnered with Ian Eagle for TNT's coverage of the 2018 NBA Playoffs. In Miami, Barry would only play 17 games, not starting any of the games, averaging only 4.1 ppg. The Spurs would lose the series in 5 games, however. He would eventually move to play the point position as a starter, and filled in when needed as a small forward. Actually, the league got rid of the event after one more event, which was won by a cocky rookie Kobe Bryant. He is the son of former NBA player Rick Barry. After retiring, Barry worked as a sports commentator for the NBA on TNT and was a studio host for the NBA TV show NBA Gametime. I told him if he would have done the c-walk in the NBA dunk contest people would still be talking about it. Barry was also a strong three-point shooter; he currently ranks 13th all-time in career three-point field goals made and shot 40% from behind the arc for his career. In The Paint Show: Lakers a Win Away From Title 17, Pangos All-South Frosh-Soph Camp Standouts. [8][8], Barry was traded to the Miami Heat the day before the February 20 trade deadline from Los Angeles for Isaac Austin. What did surprise me was Barry telling me he didn’t want to be on that list and only agreed to do the annual event because his team wanted him in it. Brent Barry was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the first round (15th pick) of the 1995 NBA draft, but was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers on draft night in a 4-player trade with Rodney Rogers for the No. There Brent would average 10.4 ppg and 38% 3-pt field goal in 179 games. On February 20, 2008, (not too long after his injury) Barry, along with Francisco Elson and a 2009 first round draft pick, were traded by the San Antonio Spurs back to the Seattle SuperSonics in exchange for forward/center Kurt Thomas. 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Brent and his father, Rick Barry, are the second father-son duo to each win an NBA Championship as a player; the first was Matt Guokas, Sr. and his son Matt Guokas, Jr.. [14] Financial terms were not released.[14]. In 2010, it was reported that Brent Barry had filed for divorce,[18] citing "irreconcilable differences". [17] They have two sons. #2 is 6’0 Darrell Armstrong “doing a layup in the contest.” Before I get into how the league prevented Brent Barry from making the event more memorable, I want to clear up something about Armstrong. Brent's other brother Richard Francis "Scooter" Barry IV (born August 13, 1966) is also a retired American professional basketball player. He is the son of former NBA player Rick Barry. The Clippers only played in 3 games (one series; 1996-1997) during the postseason while Barry was there. These two strengths, combined with Barry's 6'7" frame, allowed him to play a variety of positions, including point guard, shooting guard, and small forward; because he was taller than most traditional point guards, he was often considered a point forward when he was running the offense. As cool as it was to see a white man show white men could jump, the championship-winning performance wasn’t a very memorable one. LaMelo Ball Backs Down From No One! He won the Slam Dunk Contest in the NBA All-Star Weekend in 1996 with a Julius Erving-inspired slam dunk in which he took off from the free throw line to sail in and dunk one-handed. He totaled 356 3-point shots made and 1,888 points. Barry played four years on the Beavers basketball team of Oregon State University after redshirting his freshman season. He was a fill-in analyst for the NBA on TNT coverage, and was a play-by-play announcer for their Players Only broadcast starting in 2016. San Antonio provided Barry with the most playoff experience (71 games) of his career. Better yet, can you imagine him following up the first round with a c-walk in the finals with WC & The Maad Circle playing “West Up” in the background? What always disappointed me about this, is the first round exit prevented us from seeing a dunk he and Shaq had planned, which involved Armstrong dunking in Shaq’s size 21 shoes. Remember When Bryon Russell Wanted To “Whoop Michael Jordan’s A$$” in 1-on-1. In January 2008, Barry tore his right calf muscle. Ballislife.com is your 1 stop shop for everything basketball! [13] His father, Rick, ended his career playing two seasons with the Rockets (1978–1980) and his older brother, Jon, also finished his career with the Rockets, playing from 2004 to 06. Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Brent Barry, who along with Shaq, was a judge in a top secret $100,000 amateur dunk contest called “The Dunk King.” My dumb ass lost the transcript of the interview but I remember enough to talk about my favorite discoveries from our conversation, specifically how the NBA robbed us of seeing one of the “baddest” performances in contest history. Every year, around NBA dunk contest time, you will see a lot of Top 10 best and worst contest dunks and events lists and the 96 event is only brought up with negative comments. Brent Robert Barry (born December 31, 1971), also known by the nickname "Bones", is an American basketball executive, broadcaster and former player. © 2005-2020 Ballislife.com PO Box 15355. Barry did eventually have his hip-hop moment during NBA All-Star weekend, when he participated in the 2003 3-Point contest and executed a pretty impressive crip-walk…for a white guy. Barry was waived the following day by the Sonics. The divorce became final on January 5, 2011, in Texas; they have joint custody of the children. 2 overall pick in the draft (Antonio McDyess) and Randy Woods. He is the current vice president of basketball operations for the San Antonio Spurs. But, can you imagine if the league would have let Barry have his Cool J homage in the first round? [3] The shooting guard played professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning two league championships with the Spurs in 2005 and 2007, and also won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1996. Brent and Erin Barry were married in 1998, after being together from the time they were both in high school. [3], Barry, born in Hempstead, New York, is the son of Hall of Famer Rick Barry, and was arguably the best player of the five basketball-playing Barry sons, the others being Scooter, Jon, Drew, and Canyon. But, Barry told me about his original plans and if he would have pulled it off, it probably would have been one of the most memorable. In the first round, Barry started off with a routine off the bounce dunk, honored another white high-flyer by doing Rex Chapman’s behind-the-back self oop, hit a Stansbury-ish 360 and finished out the opening round with a free-throw line dunk…while wearing his warm-up jacket.