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Marvin Jerome Barnes (born July 27, 1952, in Providence, Rhode Island) is a former professional American basketball player.

A 6'9" forward from Providence College, Barnes (nicknamed "Bad News" and "The Magnificent") played in the American Basketball Association from 1974 to 1976 and in the National Basketball Association from 1976 to 1980. He had his greatest success in the ABA, where he starred for the Spirits of St. Louis and was named Rookie of the Year for the 1974–75 season. He also shares the ABA record for most two-point field goals in a game, with 27. In 2005, the ABA 2000, the second incarnation of the ABA, named one of their divisions after him.

In 1973, he was the first player to score 10 times on 10 field goal attempts in the NCAA playoffs, and remains tied for second behind Kenny Walker, who went 11-for-11 in 1986.[1]

His nickname, "Bad News", came from his frequent off-court problems. He has been arrested for burglary, drug possession, and trespassing.[2] Because of his drug use, he lost his NBA career and wound up homeless in San Diego, California in the early 80s. After multiple rehab programs, he started reaching out to youth in South Providence, where he grew up, urging them not to make the same mistakes he had.[3]

In March 2008, PC retired his jersey, honoring him along with Ernie DiGregorio and Jimmy Walker.[4] At the ceremony, Barnes cracked that while it takes a village to raise a child, "It took me a whole state. State police, DEA, everyone."


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Preceded by
Swen Nater
American Basketball Association Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
David Thompson


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