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James Franklin Barnett (born July 7, 1944 in Greenville, South Carolina) is a former professional basketball player. He is in his 24th season as a television analyst for the Golden State Warriors.

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Basketball career

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Youth and college career

Barnett is a native of Riverside, California. He is a member of the Riverside Hall of Fame. While attending the University of Oregon Barnett was an All-American.

He is in both the University of Oregon Hall of Fame and the State of Oregon Hall of Fame.

Pro career

Barnett’s NBA career began when the Boston Celtics selected him with the eighth pick overall in the 1966 NBA Draft.[1] He later played for the Warriors for three seasons (1971-74) and five other teams during his 11-year career, including the San Diego Rockets, the Portland Trail Blazers, the New Orleans Jazz, New York Knicks, and the Philadelphia 76ers.

While playing for the Trail Blazers in 1971, Barnett attempted a rushed long-range shot against the rival Los Angeles Lakers. His shot went in, prompting Blazers play-by-play announcer Bill Schonely to exclaim "Rip City! All right!" The phrase "Rip City," the meaning for which Schonely has no explanation, nonetheless caught on and became synonymous with the team and the city of Portland.[2]

Barnett played alongside many of the league’s Hall of Famers, including Warriors stars Rick Barry and Nate Thurmond, as well as Bill Russell, John Havlicek, Walt Frazier, Earl Monroe, Pete Maravich and Julius Erving. Nicknamed "Crazy Horse," Barnett averaged 11.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 732 games. [3]

Broadcasting

Barnett serves as a co-host on “Warriors Live” pregame shows on CSN Bay Area and all of KNBR’s postgame shows. He is known around Warriors Nation as "Mr. 2 for 1" due in part for his tendency to favor teams "going two for 1" which consists of trying to get a quick shot off with a quarter winding down usually between 40 and 28 seconds to go, so as to make sure that they get the last shot of the quarter, trading two possessions for the opposing teams one. Barnett also has been often critical of big forwards and centers trying to take charges on basketball players driving to the basket instead of trying to block shots.

Speaking engagements

Active in the community, Barnett does speaking engagements throughout the greater Bay Area during the year, including guest appearances at Warriors Basketball Camp sessions.

Personal life

Barnett lives in Orinda, California with his daughter Jennifer.

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