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Marvin Barnes
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Basketball Player
    (July 27, 1952-September 8, 2014)
    Born in Providence, Rhode Island
    Forward for the Spirits of St. Louis (1974-76), Detroit Pistons (1976-77), Buffalo Braves (1977-78), Boston Celtics (1979-80) and San Diego Clippers (1980)
    He was nicknamed 'Bad News' for his frequent off-court problems.
    His senior year in high school, he robbed a bus while wearing a jacket with 'State Champions' and 'Marvin' written across it.
    At Providence College, he whacked a teammate with a tire iron.
    He spent five months in jail after violating his parole from the tire iron assault by getting caught at an airport with a pistol in his luggage (1977).
    He admitted that while playing for the Celtics, he snorted cocaine while on the bench. ('I guess that I don't need to say that my career didn't last much longer after that.')
    He was homeless in the early 80s.
    He was arrested for stealing videos from an adult bookstore (1990).
    He has been in and out of five drug rehab programs, apparently without much success judging by his 2007 cocaine possession bust.
    Providence College coach Dave Gavitt said, 'If you get to know him, he's a warm, wonderful human being.'
    He was the ABA Rookie of the Year (1975).
    He worked with at-risk youth through the Rebound Foundation.
    Bob Costas said, 'He had such incredible charm and personality. There's no doubt in my mind that had he not screwed himself up, he would have been one of the best 50 players ever in the NBA.'

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