View Full Version : Barry eager to play in Adelman's offense

07-16-2008, 11:45 PM
Others seek a last stab at finally winning a championship. But Brent Barry has won two of those.

Some chase the money. But Barry had made his share.

The NBA way is to seek all of the above. But Barry knew what he wanted.

He has, he guesses, two more seasons as an NBA player. He wanted to remain with a contender, and said Wednesday that with good health the Rockets could be that. But he wanted his last seasons in the NBA to be with a team that would give him a chance to do the things he believes he can do, to play and play the style that might suit him best.

“I think sometimes, as you get later on in your career, you try to gain more perspective,” Barry said. “I want to go out playing and I think this is a great opportunity, something fresh to do, and recharge my batteries.

“I have a couple years left. I want to throw everything I can into having two great years and making them here in Houston. In doing that, I think there is going to be some great things surrounding that, helping this team try to get back to a championship would be something very, very special in the last two years of my career.”

Barry, 36, considered joining the Rockets in mid-season when the Spurs traded him to Seattle and the SuperSonics released him. He was drawn to Adelman’s offense then, and how it could use him and his skills, and was sold on it now.

In San Antonio, the Spurs had players that could create off the dribble and needed Barry to spread the floor and make 3s. The Rockets have few playmakers, but could use Barry’s ability to create within the cuts and ball movement of the Rockets’ planned motion-based offense.

The style of offense was such a factor that Barry said it dominated his conversations with his brother, Jon, who played for Adelman in Sacramento, before Jon could work the conversation to his ever-decreasing handicap.

“Obviously, we all know he can shoot the ball,” Adelman said. “He’s a great 3-point shooter. I’ve known and watched since Oregon State. One thing he can do is make plays. Smart players read situations well and make the right pass. He can handle the ball more than (he) had to in San Antonio, as far as making plays for other people. Lot (of) what we do, if you read the def and react, you will be successful. He does that naturally.

“Even with Yao (Ming) and Tracy (McGrady), if he gets ball, we know he can make a 3, but he can also make the next pass, make the next play, make right play. We struggle when, if Tracy does not make a play, no one does. That’s where Brent I think really helps us.”

A 13-year veteran, Barry has made 40.7 percent of his 3s in his career, averaging 9.7 points and 3.3 assists. He did not play or score as much in San Antonio has he had in his five seasons in Seattle, but would seem to have an increased opportunity in Houston to play more and to use more of his skills.

“It’s about getting to do more of those things more often,” Barry said. “I think that’s the appeal of it, the opportunity to do more and more of those things. It’s more of a style I’m accustomed to, to play the way the Rockets play. It’s something I’ve done in the past. To get back to that is an exciting thing.

“The style of the offense is set up with the high post passing and more movement out on the perimeter. I have absolutely nothing but great memories playing in San Antonio and I’m hoping to have some of the great things that happened there part of my last two years playing here in Houston.

“I know the town in Houston is a little bit antsy. The injuries the past couple years have really been what’s holding the team back. If the team stays healthy this year, this team will compete on a championship level. And that’s something really exciting.”

He will likely uphold the family tradition of finishing his career with the Rockets as his father Rick and brother Jon did. That, however, was not the draw. He wanted to play and to play a certain way, and chose that.

“It’s interesting the way things happen sometimes,” Barry said. “I’m just looking for the opportunity to play. It has nothing to do with the lineage of things. I just think it’s a great opportunity for me to come in and play a role for a team that’s really close I think to breaking through and playing at a high level. That’s really what the draw is.

“It was not a tough decision. You’re choosing between playing for some great teams and having a great job and living the great life, but my decision was to come here and play.”

07-17-2008, 12:12 AM
Hopefully he helps out a lot and can hit the open shot.

07-17-2008, 12:48 AM
yeah, and if he plays like he did in the playoffs, then we'd be great

07-17-2008, 02:04 AM
he should bring leadership tp the lockerroom to

07-17-2008, 02:28 AM
I was pretty hesitant about bring Barry into our lineup because I really think we need a playmaker other than Tmac (and to some extent Rafer), but I think Brent can really bring something to the floor that some some FA's can't give us: Leadership, Veteran smarts, and a desire to be a role player and halp a team.

07-17-2008, 02:58 AM
I was pretty hesitant about bring Barry into our lineup because I really think we need a playmaker other than Tmac (and to some extent Rafer), but I think Brent can really bring something to the floor that some some FA's can't give us: Leadership, Veteran smarts, and a desire to be a role player and halp a team.

and three point shooting which we need

Tmac to da rack
07-17-2008, 11:43 AM
Im feeling just as great As Morey is about this addition, looking foward to next season. Its going to be SUPER SPECIAL!

07-17-2008, 12:16 PM
We finally have a playmaker off the bench

Rhyming Rebel
07-17-2008, 01:19 PM
I think we are already better than last season. Greene and Barry are going to be great pick ups. I just wish we could add Birdman that would really help us.

07-17-2008, 01:21 PM
A player should be judged by how he played in his last couple of games. Here is a guy who came back from injury and did not miss a beat. We need him in the playoffs more than the regular season where I think his value will really show itself. It is important that we develop our young players Brooks, Novak, Greene and Dorsey so our veterans can get some rest for the playoffs.