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Wednesday, September 18, 2002
Barnes won title with Boston, Olympic gold

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK -- Jim Barnes, an Arkansas native who went on to play in the Olympic Games and in the NBA, has died.

Barnes, 61, died Sept. 14 at a hospital in Silver Springs, Md. He had had heart attacks and strokes in the past.

Barnes, a native of Tuckerman, Ark., was the top overall pick in the 1964 National Basketball Association draft.

He played on the 1968-69 NBA champion Boston Celtics team, which defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.

Barnes also earned All-America honors in 1964 while playing for Texas Western, now Texas-El Paso, and made the Olympic team, which went 9-0 and won a gold medal.

Barnes was chosen by the New York Knicks in the draft, and also played at times for the Baltimore Bullets, the Lakers and the Chicago Bulls.