From the early 90s to the 2000s, Brent Barry established a name for himself in the world of basketball with his impeccable skills on the pitch which earned him the nickname ‘Bones’.
Brent Barry, a force to reckon with during his time, and a leading light in his youthful days, won several championships in the NBA and never seized to leave a significant legacy wherever he went to. He won his first NBA championship in the year 2005 before moving on to win his second in 2007.
You must definitely know him as the son of former NBA player Rick Barry but there’s so much more to know about the legendary player. Here are lesser known facts about the reputable basketball player from New York.
Brent Barry’s Bio, Age
Brent was born on December 31, 1971, to his parents in Hempstead, New York. He attended California’s De La Salle High School where he played to popularity in the school’s renowned basketball team. Graduating in 1990, he proceeded to Oregon State University where he played for the Beavers. By 1995 he was a full-fledged graduate with a degree in Sociology. Brent, who had basketball flowing in his veins, applied and was selected at the first round of the 1995 NBA draft by the renowned Denver Nuggets. His rights were soon traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Brent exceeded expectations in his first season with the Clippers as broke the rookie record with 123 3-pointers, a 10.4 ppg and 38% 3-pt average in 179 games. With his impressive skills, he won the 1999 Slam Dunk contest. His next move was to Miami Heat in 1998. Brent, who was traded for Isaac Austin, played only 17 games with the team throughout his one-year stay before moving to Chicago Bulls in January 1999 on a 6-year $27 million contract. However, after sustaining an injury, the player participated in 37 out of 50 games in that season before he was traded for Hersey Hawkins in August 1999 from Seattle.
Joining Seattle SuperSonics, Brent started out as a back up for Gary Payton from Oregon State. Further developing his 3-point stroke, the renowned basketball player led the team to 3-point percentage all through the 2000/2001 season.
He moved to San Antonio Spurs in 2004 after he was signed as a free agent by the team. Brent helped the Spurs win the Denver Nuggets following their initial loss to the Nuggets during the 2005 NBA playoffs. At San Antonio Spurs, Barry made 1,888 points. After four seasons, he moved to Houston Rockets in 2008 on a 2-year contract before he retired in 2009.
Personal Life – Wife, Divorce
Like some of his counterparts, Brent and his high school love started a relationship that seemed unbreakable and stronger than one could imagine. After several years of dating, the high school sweethearts tied the knot in 1998 in a heartwarming wedding ceremony with friends and family present. However, 12 years later, things went sour between them. They filed for a divorce in 2010 and according to reports at the time, the divorce had reasons revolving around extramarital affairs which they both denied. Nevertheless, Erin and Barry finalized their divorce in 2011 and got joint custody of their two sons.
Brent Barry’s Family, Parents
Brent came from a family where the game of basketball is held in high esteem. It must have been a matter of heredity for the basketballer who was born to the famous Rick Barry (Richard Francis Barry) and whose stepmother also played basketball. His father was a renowned professional Basketball player who was named one of the greatest players in history in the 90s. Brent’s stepmother Lynn Barry, also inclined to the basketball sports, was a prolific player in the game while in college.
It wasn’t just Brent, the legendary Rick has four other sons -Scooter, Jon, Drew, and Canyon – all basketball professionals. Brent is said to be the most talented. Jon Barry, who is now retired, is currently an analyst for ESPN and ABC channels.
His Height, Weight, and Body Measurements
Brent Barry was also notable in his active days for his body stature. With a height of 2.01 m (6ft 6in), he was among the tallest basketball players in his time. He has a proportional weight of 94kg which gives him a sturdy and robust stamina; features which aided his position as point guard.