Dr. Dick Barnett Bio

Born in Gary, Indiana in 1936 – became an All-State basketball player at ROOSEVELT high school while helping that team to the first game in Indians basketball history where two Black teams met for the state basketball championship. Crispus Attucks won that championship game, led by the great Oscar Robertson. I was recruited by the great coach John McLendon to TENNESSEE A&I.

Enjoyed a successful basketball career at A&I where I was a three time All-AMERICAN – help leading Tennessee A&I to three consecutive national NAIA championships in Kansas City, MO. Was a number one draft choice in the NBA in 1959 with the SYRACUSE Nationals for two years.

I jumped to the (ABL) American Basketball League for one year – New owner George Steinbrenner of the CLEVELAND Pipers. We won the ABL championship. Traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, back to the NBA where I spent three years before being traded to the New York Knicks where I enjoyed much success as a member of two NBA championship teams.

After 14 years in the NBA I retired and became an assistant coach with the New York Knicks for three years. My number was retired and hangs in the rafters of Madison Square Garden. I have been inducted into six Halls of Fame.

Re-entered the educational process – became a serious student, receiving a bachelors degree from Cal Poly of Pomona in physical education – masters degree from New York University in Public administration – a doctorate degree in education from Fordham University. Caping this re-entry to education was my appointment as professor of Sports Management at St John’s University for four years.

Studying and evaluating the the TRANSITION of professional athletes compared to my personal adjustment of not playing – I founded SportScope , The Center for the Study and Research of Athletes and Sports in AMERICAN society. Writing – lecturing – teaching – mentoring – archiving has been the principal methodologies to comport the importance of education and dreams as pathways to emotional and psychological success.


SPORTSCOPE was one of the progenitors of writing The Athlete Negro (The Awakening) a trilogy that details Black athletes struggle for empowerment – solidarity – community regeneration and a seat at the table of economic decisions making in games where we dominate.

The emergence of The Athlete Negro as a compelling prophetic aspiration, a movie project is being pursued. My independent film company – Fall Back Baby film Productions LLC. Will be producing this novel portrayal of organized power sharing with the consolidation of thoughts, solidarity, and resources. Bank account for the independent film company has been established with Bank of America.


2008-2019 President of SportScope, Center for the Research and Study of athletes and sports in American society.

2003-2007 Assistant Professor at St. John’s University in the Sport Management discipline as part of the College of Professional Studies. Focus on marketing, media, advertising, and promotion

2003 Special consultant to Project Renewal. A non profit organization with a focus on rehabilitating homeless and substance abuse victims

1997-2000 National Motivational Speaker. A series of lectures with education and dreams as the vortex of the presentations to high schools, community centers, and college students

1995-1996 Consultant to major corporations; i,e, Pepsi Cola, Dreyfus, New York Life, Madison Sq. Garden, National Football League, IBM, etc. Providing access to professional athletes and the athletic environment

1992-1995 Minority education consultant to the Dean of Education at Fordham University concentrating on recruitment and retention of minority students in the program

1992 Adjunct Professor at Baruch College in multicultural urban education

1977- 1990 President of ARM, the Athletic Role Model Educational Institute, utilizing professional athletes and other positive role models to impact the social and cognitive behavior of at risk youth

1974-1976 Assistant coach with the New York Knickerbockers

1959-1974 Professional athlete, drafted by Syracuse Nationals, played for the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks


Tennessee State University/Cal Poly of Pomona Coll. – BS Degree in Physical Education
New York University – Masters in Public Administration
Fordham University – Doctoral in Education Adm. & Supervision.

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