On Wednesday afternoon, I was gifted the opportunity to speak with former NBA and ABA legend Rick Barry.
Rick is an investor in Ektio and is attempting to get the sneaker into the mainstream and onto basketball courts everywhere.
While many will remember Barry for his unique style of free throw shooting and its incredible success rate, he also put together one of the most well-rounded resumes of the NBA.
He was on the All-Rookie team and All-NBA first team at the same time. Hewon the All-Star game MVP the next season after scoring 38 points and would win the scoring title that season as well, as a 22-year-old with the San Francisco Warriors.
Rick would spend the next four years dominating the ABA before making his return back to the Warriors, who became Golden State while he was away, and wound up spending six seasons there. He would take home a championship with the underdog 1975 team, taking home Finals MVP honors.
He would finish out his career with two years in Houston. By the end of his NBA tenure, Barry had amassed nine All-NBA/ABA first team nominations and was a member of 12 All-Star teams between both leagues.
His claim to fame, however, would be his free-throw shooting. He shot 89 percent from the line over his career and led the league in free-throw percentage seven times, but has yet to find a pupil to showcase his free-throw shooting in an NBA game.
We spoke of his revolutionary new sneaker, and the domineering sneaker companies that won’t allow it in the NBA, before speaking also on Rick’s NBA Finals predictions, players who are embarrassed to shoot 90 percent from the foul line and him playing HORSE with his son.
You can read the full interview here.