December 9, 2022


  • Rick Barry reveals who influenced him to shoot the underhand free-throws
  • Hecklers performed an element in engaging Barry to stay with the bizarre free-throw kind
  • Barry considers himself the very best free-throw shooter within the NBA

Most basketball gamers have a sure sort of taking pictures kind they observe to get the ball into the ring.

Some could also be unorthodox, and the NBA has gotten a few of that in its years of existence.

There may be maybe no different NBA participant that involves thoughts aside from Corridor of Famer Rick Barry.

The 6-foot-7 cager spent eight seasons taking part in within the league, plus six years within the American Basketball Affiliation (ABA).

His underhand free-throw taking pictures is one thing that stands out when one comes throughout saved movies of his video games throughout his prime.

Barry appeared on the Sports activities for All PH podcast hosted by Vincent Juico and Brian Yalung lately and was requested the place all of it originated. 

The 1975 NBA champion bared that it was one thing that originated from his dad.

“It was my father that received me to do it. I used to be in highschool and I didn’t wish to do it as a result of women shot that approach in these days,” Barry acknowledged.

Nevertheless, the eight-time NBA All-Star added that his dad informed him to not thoughts it and that the extra necessary factor is that he’s making them.

“I bear in mind him saying, ‘Dad, I can’t try this. Everybody goes to make enjoyable of me as a result of women are taking pictures that approach. His actual phrases had been ‘Son, they’ll’t make enjoyable of you in case you are making them,’” the 77-year-old stated.

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Barry couldn’t recall when he first tried doing the underhand free-throw. Nevertheless, he shared what motivated him to keep it up.

“Within the first recreation I did it, I can’t bear in mind this was my junior yr or senior yr in highschool… There was this man from the stands who yelled at me [who said] ‘Hey Rick Barry, you sissy, taking pictures like that.’ And I heard that man subsequent to him saying, ‘What are you making enjoyable of him for? He doesn’t miss.’ And as soon as I heard that I used to be nice. I knew it was factor when my dad gave it a honest effort to show me,” Barry defined.

From there, the 1966 NBA Rookie of the Yr realized that regardless that it could appear uncommon, taking pictures free-throws within the method he did was environment friendly and rapidly gained the boldness on it.

“Within the very brief time frame I spotted, it was actually a really environment friendly strategy to shoot free-throws and I received confidence in a short time in it. And that’s what it takes in something in life. It’s a must to have that confidence in what you’re doing. Consider in your self to be very profitable,” he acknowledged.

“So I gained confidence in a short time. And after that first recreation on the ground, I used to be good…. I want I had been smarter earlier in my profession to make the change that I made, the approach late in my profession,” he added.

Barry caught to his underhand free-throw taking pictures since his final years of taking part in aggressive ball.

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As much as till his remaining years, the previous Golden State Warrior shared how his free-throw share remained excessive and even improved earlier than he referred to as it a profession.

“My final six years, I modified the approach a bit bit, received the wrist out of it and I shot over 92% in these six years. In my final two years, I shot over 94%. And so I feel I used to be the very best free-throw shooter within the historical past of the NBA coz nobody has put up these numbers on a constant foundation and it’s the one a part of the sport the place you might be egocentric to assist your crew,” Barry ended.

Rick Barry of the Golden State Warriors Picture: Getty Pictures | Ross Lewis

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