Jim "Bad News" Barnes

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Velvet James Barnes (April 13, 1941 – September 14, 2002), also affectionately known as Jim "Bad News" Barnes, was an American basketball player, who was an Olympic Gold Medalist and the No. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_0

1 overall pick of the 1964 NBA draft. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_1

Early life Jim "Bad News" Barnes_section_0

As a child, Barnes picked and chopped cotton, growing up in Tuckerman, Arkansas. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_2

He played basketball wearing socks, as his family was too poor to afford basketball shoes. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_3

At age 13, Barnes had grown to 6'6" and his grandfather was said to have been 7'0" tall. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_4

Barnes attended the all black W.F. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_5

Branch High School in Newport, Arkansas after they promised to provide him basketball shoes. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_6

The team finished 3rd in the 1957 State Black Basketball Championships. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_7

Barnes then moved to Poplar Bluff High School (Mo. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_8

), where he was ruled ineligible due to residency issues. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_9

He returned to Branch where, playing in socks, as his feet had grown to size 17, he scored 68 points and had 38 rebounds against Vanndale. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_10

Barnes' family was influenced, moved and he then enrolled at Stillwater High School in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_11

There, he gained further notoriety when Stillwater defeated a state title Pampa, Texas team 94-40. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_12

However, Barnes was ruled ineligible after one season, after recruiting allegations surfaced and the team had to forfeit 22 games. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_13

He later returned to the team, after a suspension, that had won just a handful of games all season. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_14

He proceeded to lead them to 10 consecutive victories and the state championship. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_15

He was chosen as the Oklahoma High School Player of the Year, the first black player to receive the award. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_16

College career Jim "Bad News" Barnes_section_1

A 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) forward/center, Barnes then began his college career at Cameron College (at the time, a junior college) in Lawton, Oklahoma. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_17

Barnes chose Cameron after being recruited by Coach Henry Iba and Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State) in Stillwater, saying later, “I just didn’t think academically I had the foundation to make it at a big college.” He tallied 28.8 points per game in his freshman year (1960-1961)and 30.6 points per game in his sophomore year. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_18

He also received NJCAA All-American honors as a sophomore (1961-1962). Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_19

Barnes then chose to attend the Texas Western College (now known as University of Texas at El Paso), under Hall of Fame Coach Don Haskins. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_20

Haskins' recruiting of Barnes led to a free throw contest that was won by Haskins and Barnes enrolled, saying Haskins and Miners player (and future Hall of Fame Coach) Nolan Richardson won him over with their honesty. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_21

Barnes enrolled at Texas Western, along with his good friend from Cameron, Ulysses Kendall, who played football for then Texas Western Football Coach Bum Phillips and later the Philadelphia Eagles. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_22

In 1962-63 Barnes averaged a double-double of 18.9 points and 16.5 rebounds, shooting 50.3% from the field and 76.2% from the line, for the Texas Western Miners. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_23

The team finished 19-7 and qualified for the 1963 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament, the Miners first trip to the NCAA's. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_24

In 1963-64 Barnes averaged 29.1 points and 19.2 rebounds on 56.3% shooting from the field. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_25

His season was highlighted by a 51-point, 36 rebound effort in a 100-56 win over Western New Mexico on Jan. 4, 1964. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_26

The 1963-64 Miners finished 25-3 and advanced to the 1964 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament, where they were defeated by Kansas State in the Midwest Regional Semi-Final as Barnes fouled out of the game. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_27

Barnes had 42 points and 19 rebounds in the Miners' 68-62 first round win over Texas A & M. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_28

The Miners beat Texas A&M (68-62) and lost to Kansas State (64-60) before knocking off Creighton 63-52, behind Barnes' 15 points and 10 rebounds, in the Midwest Region third-place game. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_29

"It was a special, special team" Haskins said years later, "and believe me, if Barnes' hadn't fouled out against Kansas state, that team would have won the title." Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_30

Barnes still holds UTEP single-game records for points, rebounds and field goals made. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_31

His career with 48 double-doubles, are also still the most in Miner history. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_32

The Miners program went on to win the 1966 NCAA Championship, defeating the University of Kentucky in the NCAA final. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_33

Professional career Jim "Bad News" Barnes_section_2

Barnes was selected by the New York Knicks with the first overall pick of the 1964 NBA draft. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_34

Barnes was named to the 1965 NBA All-Rookie Team, after averaging 15.5 points and 9.7 rebounds as a rookie for the Knicks in 1964-1965. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_35

Then, on November 2, 1965, Barnes was averaging 15.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in 41 games, when he was traded by the Knicks with Johnny Egan, Johnny Green to the Baltimore Bullets for fellow former No. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_36

1 pick (1961 NBA draft), Walt Bellamy. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_37

Barnes was very productive in his early career, averaging a double-double, before numerous knee and achilles injuries slowed him and eventually ended his career. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_38

After averaging 15.5 points and 9.7 rebounds for the Knicks/Bullets in 1964-1965, he averaged 12.4 points and 10.3 rebounds for the Bullets in 1965-1966. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_39

After that, he played less minutes due to injuries and became an effective reserve player. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_40

Barnes won an NBA Championship with the Celtics in 1969-1969, serving at the backup to Bill Russell, although hampered by injury, he did not appear in the playoffs. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_41

Barnes' career then ended in 1971 after 11 games with Baltimore and brief stints with the Allentown Jets and Trenton Pat Pavers of the Eastern Professional Basketball League. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_42

Overall, Barnes appeared in 454 games and played seven seasons (1964–71) in the NBA. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_43

He played for the Knicks (1964-1965), Baltimore Bullets (1965-1966 and 1970-1971), Los Angeles Lakers (1967-1968), Chicago Bulls (1968) and Boston Celtics (1968-1970), and he scored 3,997 points for an 8.8 points per average. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_44

National team career Jim "Bad News" Barnes_section_3

Barnes was then selected a member of the 1964 United States men's Olympic basketball team. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_45

The USA team, coached by Henry Iba won the Gold Medal in the Tokyo Games when they defeated USSR, 73-59. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_46

Of his Olympic experience, Barnes recalled, "Mr. Iba didn't want me practicing with the team because he was afraid I might hurt someone, I was kind of rough and tough. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_47

But Mr. Iba did a great job of bringing all that talent together. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_48

Nobody was expecting this team to win the Olympics." Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_49

Barnes was the top field-goal shooter (53 percent) on the Olympic squad, averaging 8.5 points in the teams' nine games. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_50

Barnes roomed with Bill Bradley and had Walt Hazzard and Larry Brown among his teammates Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_51

Personal life Jim "Bad News" Barnes_section_4

Celtics' coach and general manager, Red Auerbach, said of Barnes: "Jim's many friends and associates affectionately called him 'Bad News' [for the damage he did to opposing teams and players], but he was always 'Good News' to me. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_52

His tenure with the Celtics was short, but I enjoyed every moment he was there. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_53

Jim was a tremendous talent who never reached his full potential as an athlete. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_54

But Jim Barnes took it one better he was a great human being." Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_55

College teammate at UTEP Steve Tendennick said of Barnes, "He had a fantastic disposition,he was a gentle guy, but competitive. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_56

He was a great leader. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_57

He had the ability to corral all of us and keep us focused on what we needed to do. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_58

He was a wonderful friend and a wonderful teammate," Tredennick said. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_59

"Sometimes when you're as talented as Jim in relation to whoever is around you, you can be difficult to live with. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_60

He wasn't like that. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_61

He was a super guy. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_62

I'm sure if they kept assists [in 1964], he would've had a decent number. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_63

We had a rule, if you threw it into Barnes and he threw it back out to you, then you had the green light to shoot." Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_64

After his basketball career ended, Barnes settled in the Baltimore, Maryland area, after having played for the Baltimore Bullets twice. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_65

Barnes was a board member of the Washington D.C. organization "Kids in Trouble Inc." There, Barnes was involved in an annual celebrity tennis event, provided school counseling, was active in events on stopping youth violence and was a volunteer basketball coach for a local church team. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_66

Barnes advised star Maryland football player LaMont Jordan to focus on his studies and stay in school as an underclassman. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_67

Barnes marketed a barbecue sauce called, “Bad News Barbecue Sauce,” which was sold in the Washington D.C. area and was on shelves for 24 years, selling 3 million cases. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_68

"I wanted to market something so people who were allergic to tomatoes could enjoy good smoke-grilled foods," said Barnes. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_69

Rapper Blu named Jim Barnes his cousin in his song titled "Bad News Barnes" on his 2008 mixtape (So)ul Amazing. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_70

Barnes died as a result of heart problems on September 14, 2002, at age 61. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_71

Barnes was survived by his wife, Gerri, and three daughters. Jim "Bad News" Barnes_sentence_72

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  • Barnes was chosen to carry the Olympic Torch in Little Rock, Arkansas on Memorial Day, 1996, saying: "After 32 years, I was chosen to carry the Olympic torch in my home state, but I couldn't see myself carrying it the whole mile, so three-quarters of the way through I gave it to a 14-year-old girl named Sarah and let her finish. Hopefully she'll go on and do something positive for someone someday."Jim "Bad News" Barnes_item_0_0
  • UTEP retired Barnes' #45 jersey. His number, along with #14 of Bobby Joe Hill, #14 of Tiny Archibald and #42 of Nolan Richardson are the only UTEP numbers retired. They are displayed in the Don Haskins Center, the UTEP arena.Jim "Bad News" Barnes_item_0_1
  • Barnes was selected as a member of the UTEP Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.Jim "Bad News" Barnes_item_0_2
  • In 2009, Barnes was inducted into the Cameron College Athletics Hall of Fame.Jim "Bad News" Barnes_item_0_3
  • Barnes was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.Jim "Bad News" Barnes_item_0_4

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