Almost everybody now has a podcast, right? Well, not quite. But the list of prominent individuals with a podcast now includes Hall of Famer Rick Barry.
And that’s a good thing. Barry’s knowledge of the game is impressive. He is an articulate analyst. Decades after winning an NBA title with the Warriors in 1975, his passion for the game remains infectious.
Barry launched his “Warriors 24” podcast to coincide with the start of the 2019-20 NBA season.
Episode No. 1 debuted on Oct. 25.
“I’m looking forward to talk about the sport I love dearly,” Barry said in a news release. “It’s been such an important part of my life and I’m excited to use this platform to give back to the sport I love.”
It’s quite clear already that Barry won’t shy away from controversy.
Exhibit A: The third installment of the podcast.
Cyrus Saatsaz, a versatile, longtime journalist focusing on the Warriors and other projects, joins the Hall of Famer on the podcast.
A quick rundown of the show, according to the news release:
“Warriors 24 is going to tackle the hard-hitting topics affecting the team and association. Are the Warriors still a dynasty? Is the franchise’s decision to go young a step in the right direction? If the Warriors’ 5 year reign as Western Conference Champions is over, who is the new King of the West? These are just some of the questions that Barry, named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, and Saatsaz aim to answer with detailed expertise, sharp opinions and professional insights informing and entertaining fans of the Warriors and NBA.”
I listened to the second episode* and Rick Barry and Cyrus Saatsaz demonstrated excellent knowledge of the current Warriors squad. They have a comfortable rapport on the show.
*”In Episode 2 of Warriors 24 Rick and Cyrus recap the week in Warriors basketball, including their first win of the year which provided possible salvation for supporters of the team. Rick and Cyrus analyzed comments from Stephen Curry and Draymond Green following the Pelicans game where they criticized the media and former players for their commentary of the team,” reads the episode summary on various podcast platforms.