Dr. Dick Barnett Reaps Rewards of an Educated Life

Posted by: Beyond Limits

STAMFORD — Dick Barnett made his dream of a professional basketball career, which ultimately spanned 15 seasons, a reality by following a simple formula.

“You have to nourish your dream every single day,” Barnett explained. “For me, that meant playing or practicing basketball on Christmas, on Thanksgiving, on Easter. Even on prom night. A dream is the sustenance of hope. That’s what I had to do in order to achieve.”

There were milestone games along the way for the man who was part of two NBA Championship teams (1970, 1973) with the New York Knicks.

There was the Indiana boys basketball state championship final in 1955 between Barnett’s Theodore Roosevelt High School and Crispus Attucks High School — led by Oscar Robertson. It was the first Indiana boys basketball state final between two All-Black High Schools.

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