The Marvin Barnes Time Machine

Interesting look at Marvin ‘Bad News’ Barnes who had immense talent, but flamed out because of drugs and other trouble. At one point, it was hard to focus on basketball because he was making so much selling pot. Also this:

There is the legendary story about the Spirits getting ready to depart on a flight that left Louisville, Ky., at 8 p.m. and would get into St. Louis at 7:56 p.m. due to a time-zone change. Upon looking at the schedule, Barnes said, “I ain’t getting on no time machine,” and rented a car for the trip.

The Marvin Barnes Time Machine

5 thoughts on “The Marvin Barnes Time Machine

  1. buzzpeak says:

    Rhode Island’s finest basketball hero. Growing up in the Biggeest Little State in the Union, I remember hearing the Marvin stories. There was one wherein he robbed a Cumberland Farms (convenience store, aka “Cumbies”) in his high school letter jacket. Yep, with “Marvin” stitched across the front and his school conveniently stitched across the back. True? Or like the mouse in the Coke bottle?


  2. nathan says:

    If you like that, everyone should read ‘Loose Balls’ by Terry Pluto. This guy is a great sportswriter (cleveland based) and award winning author, but this book is a compilation of dialog about the life and eventual death of the ABA. It is awesome, Pluto simply introduces a topic or time-period & then presents extended quotes from owners, coaches, players etc. to explain how things evolved. Great read, especially the section dedicated to Barnes & the St. Louis Spirits, including first time play-by-play guy Bob Costas.


  3. DREW PEPE says:

    Without a doubt besides Dr. J I have never seen a guy with such fluidity on the court and I grew up in N.J. and was always driving to Long Island 5 hours round trip to see,Thompson,Gervin,MARVIN ect.However when the leagues merged I was a season ticket holder for the Knicks just to see the ABA players.I have always been a Lakers fan and when I graduated college(THE ”U”) in 79 I got a job with Disney and moved to LAKERLAND and even today 3-16-17 am still a season ticket holder and I have seen them all and he MARVIN was something so special as a kid growing up that I will never forget.For all the ABA fans see the film that was on HBO –”Long Shots–The history of the ABA.Hard to find I have it on VHS and have seen it for sale on Amazon for $90.00 watch it on You Tube .R.I.P MARVIN


  4. mctaguer says:

    As PC grad, know well about Marvin–wish the games of that day were as accessible as nowadays. Only saw video of that great ’73 team and a few others. For context: Marvin Barnes had more rebounds in his last 2 years of college ball (1168) than Otis Thorpe had in 4 (902).


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