Rick Barry remains optimistic after nasty motorcycle crash

rick-barry-sidelinesBack in July, Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry ended up in a bike crash, while riding in Colorado Springs. Barry cracked his helmet, needed surgery to repair fractures, and plenty of stitches to patch up his skin.

Currently, 70-year old Barry is in a rehab, and he remains optimistic about his health.

“I’ve always been very dedicated to things I’ve always been very strong-willed. If I make my mind up to do something, I’m going to do it. Just like when I was a young kid. I was stupid and I smoked cigarettes. I just flat out said, ‘This is crazy. This is hurting my basketball.’ And so I just quit,” Barry told NBA.com.

He went on to add that he looks at everything as a challenge – that’s the way he approaches things, especially those, he’s not fond of.

“I look at them as challenges and I hate to lose, so when I make it a challenge, it drives me and motivates me because I’m going to make sure I’m the one that comes out victorious,” Barry said.

He admits that he feels fortunate the crash wasn’t worse than it did.

“I hit my head and the helmet cracked and all, but I didn’t have any head damage or anything at all, so that was a blessing. I could have had broken ribs and broken arms, other things that would have made it even worse trying to do the rehab. It’s hard enough with my broken left hand. That’s made it difficult enough,” Barry said.

“But, hey, everybody gets thrown. You get little bumps when you’re going down the road of life, and you deal with them and you move on. That’s the way it has to be. You can’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself,” he added.

Barry is one of the few elite players who altered their games without losing effectiveness; he broke into the professional ranks as a rebounder and all-purpose scorer before he became a primary ball distributor and lethal perimeter threat.

Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in history by the NBA in 1996, Barry is the only player to lead the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), ABA and NBA in scoring for an individual season. In 1987, Barry was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Barry holds career averages of 30.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg playing in the ABA, appearing in 226 games. In the NBA, Barry played 794 games, averaging 23.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg and 5.1 apg.

Barry’s combined statistics for both NBA and ABA are: 1020 games, 24.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 4.9 apg in 37.4 mpg. He won the NBA championship with Golden State Warriors in 1974-75 season. He was also a 4-time ABA All-Star and 8-time NBA All-Star.


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