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ACC Tournament: Interview with NBA legend Rick Barry

The 1975 NBA champion is an offense guy, but he appreciates good defense as well.

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NBA legend Rick Barry stopped by the New York Life BGAL Live studio for an interview at the ACC Tournament this evening. The New Jersey native talked about a number of different topics, including great coaches, the new “Big 3” league he’s championing along with former Virginia player Roger Mason Jr., the need for great offensive players in the college game, and more.

You can watch the full video here:

Barry is primarily a proponent of great offense, so it was an interesting conversation in light of Virginia’s troubles on that side of the ball this season. He noted that championship teams have to have both: solid defense and players who can score when needed. In an interview with John Casillo from our sister Syracuse site, he dismissed the notion of “lockdown defenders.” As a Malcom Brogdon and Justin Anderson fan, I’ll admit that one hurt a bit.

Still, Barry’s expert insights are worth hearing. He’s excelled as a player, coach, and broadcaster, and has raised four sons who have at the collegiate and pro level. And his passion for the game and for life is infectious.

Stay tuned to Streaking The Lawn for more hoops coverage as we move through championship week.