Rick Barry

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA
Retired player (top 50 of all times), NBA

Rick Barry is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball Association (NBA). Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in history by the NBA in 1996, Barry started his pro career in 1965 with the San Francisco Warriors, who selected him in the first round of the NBA Draft. That year, he scored 25.7 points per game (fourth in the league), made the All-Star Team and was named NBA Rookie of the Year.

Barry is the only player to lead the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), ABA and NBA in scoring for an individual season. He was known for his unorthodox but effective underhand free throw shooting technique, and at the time of his retirement in 1980, his .900 free throw percentage ranked first in NBA history. He has witnessed the evolution of cannabis use in professional sport over 5 decades and has seen firsthand the shift in opinions in the media, in society and in the locker room.

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