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KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/How former Duck, Blazer Jim Barnett became a Golden State broadcasting legend

COURTESY: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS - Former University of Oregon and Trail Blazers guard Jim Barnett has had a long and colorful game in basketball, including 32 years of broadcasting the Golden State Warriors.OAKLAND, California — When Jim Barnett finally gets around to writing his memoir — and lordy, it oughta be done — it could be entitled "Quite Frankly."

That's the signature phrase of the redoubtable television analyst of the Golden State Warriors.

As in: "I don't see how Allen Crabbe can go 1 for 5 in a playoff game, quite frankly."

Or the book's title could be: "Legend of the Bay Area," though Barnett probably wouldn't approve of that.

His fans would. Barnett's broadcasting partner of the past 20 years, Bob Fitzgerald, calls his color guy "iconic," and that's certainly true to those who have been fortunate enough to hear his wit and wisdom for 32 years behind the microphone for the Warriors.



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