Hall-Of-Famer Rick Barry got into a heated debate about LeBron with Rob Parker. Things got a tad ugly to say the least.
Rob Parker is no stranger to receiving backlash for his polarizing hot takes. He’s called Robert Griffin III and “cornball brother” and claimed LeBron James has ‘ruined the NBA”. The former got him fired from ESPN First Take. Now Parker spits his rhetoric on FS1 and FOX Sports Radio.
On the topic of LeBro James, Parker had basketball hall-of-famer Rick Barry as a guest. In particular, to discuss James’ decision to pass to an open Kyle Korver in the closing minute of Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals, which culminated in Barry calling Parker a loser before hanging up the phone.
It doesn’t get more uncomfortable than this, folks…
Barry: There’s no guarantee [LeBron’s] gonna make it; there’s no guarantee he’s going to get fouled, and he had one of the best 3-point shooters in the damn game open and he threw it to him, so please get off his case.
Parker: C’mon, Rick. Rick, you gotta stop.
Barry: No, you gotta stop because you don’t know the game. You guys don’t know the game and should be ashamed of yourself.
Parker: No, no, no. I’ve been covering basketball forever.
Barry: I don’t care how long you’ve been covering it; you didn’t play the game. And if you make that comment, you don’t know the game.
Parker: Rick, you don’t know radio and you don’t know journalism.
Barry: I know radio. I’ve done radio for years.
Parker: No you don’t. No you don’t. You’re a basketball player. You guys kill me. It’s always the same thing: You didn’t play basketball, so you don’t know basketball.
Barry: That’s exactly right.
Parker: It’s ridiculous, Rick. Respect journalism and respect people…
Barry: You’re a loser.
Parker: No, you are. You’re a loser, Rick. Hang up on him.
Well, alrighty, then! Those are two, grown-ass-professional men that, I guess, take the game of basketball quite seriously.
Awkwardness and unprofessionalism aside, Barry is right on this one (well, except for pulling the “you’ve never played the game” card). At the end of the day, James made the best play in the situation by passing to one of the best shooters in league history who was wide-open.
Although Parker has never played the game at a high level, I’m sure he is quite knowledgeable about the sport. However, if he thinks forcing a shot in traffic just to prove you have this mythical “killer” gene, when the best shooter on the team is open, he’s horribly wrong on this one.