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José Juan "J.J." Barea Mora (born June 26, 1984) is a Puerto Rican
Puerto Rican people
A Puerto Rican is a person who was born in Puerto Rico.Puerto Ricans born and raised in the continental United States are also sometimes referred to as Puerto Ricans, although they were not born in Puerto Rico...

 professional basketball player. He most recently played as a point guard
Point guard
Point guard , also called the play maker or "the ball-handler", is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. A point guard has perhaps the most specialized role of any position – essentially, he is expected to run the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that...

 for the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America. It consists of thirty franchised member clubs, of which twenty-nine are located in the United States and one in Canada...

's 2011 champion Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association , and the reigning NBA champions, having defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.According to a 2011...

. Barea has played in the NBA, NBA Development League
NBA Development League
The NBA Development League, or NBA D-League, is the National Basketball Association's official minor league basketball organization. Known until summer 2005 as the National Basketball Development League , the NBA D-League started with eight teams in the fall of 2001...

, NCAA
National Collegiate Athletic Association
The National Collegiate Athletic Association is a semi-voluntary association of 1,281 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States...

 and the BSN with Indios de Mayagüez and the Cangrejeros de Santurce. After playing college basketball at Northeastern University, he participated in the 2006 NBA Draft
2006 NBA Draft
The 2006 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2006 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players,...

 but was undrafted, and he was subsequently signed by the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association , and the reigning NBA champions, having defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.According to a 2011...

 following his participation in the NBA Vegas Summer league, becoming the seventh Puerto Rican to play in the NBA. He was a member of the Puerto Rican team that won the gold medal in the 2006 and 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games
Central American and Caribbean Games
The Central American and Caribbean Games are a multi-sport regional championships event, held quadrennial , typically in the middle year between Summer Olympics...

. Barea was the starting point guard of the Puerto Rican national team's squad that won the gold medal in the 2011 Pan American Games
2011 Pan American Games
The 2011 Pan American Games, officially the XVI Pan American Games, was an international multi-sport event that was held from October 14–30, 2011 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Some events were held in the nearby cities of Ciudad Guzmán, Puerto Vallarta, Lagos de Moreno and Tapalpa...

 and the silver medal in the 2007 Pan American Games
2007 Pan American Games
The 2007 Pan American Games, officially known as the XV Pan American Games, were a major continental multi-sport event that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 13 to July 29, 2007. A total of 5,633 athletes from 42 National Olympic Committees competed in 332 events in 34 sports and in...

.

Biography


Jose Juan Barea is the son of Jaime Barea and Marta Mora. He was born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Mayagüez is the eighth-largest municipality of Puerto Rico. Originally founded as "Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria" it is also known as "La Sultana del Oeste" , "Ciudad de las Aguas Puras" , or "Ciudad del Mangó"...

 where he lived until he was seventeen. While living in Mayagüez, Barea was a member of Boy Scouts of America
Scouting in Puerto Rico
Scouting in Puerto Rico has a long history, from the 1920s to the present day, serving both boys and girls. Troops, Venturing Crews and Sea Scouting units are part of the Boy Scouts of America, for both boys and girls, or the Girl Scouts of the USA, for girls...

 Troop 790 for seven years. He then moved to Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida
Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States with a population of 2,500,625...

 after joining the Miami Tropics
Miami Tropics
The Miami Tropics were a team in the Premier Basketball League that began to play in 2007 in Miami, Florida. The team was owned by the Imperiali Organization, which also owns the Palm Beach Imperials. They originally played their inaugural season in the American Basketball Association, but moved...

 program, organized by Arturo Álvarez and Miguel Mercado. As part of the program, Barea enrolled at Miami Christian School
Miami Christian School
Miami Christian School is a school in Miami, Florida.The school has long-standing accreditation with the Association of Christian Schools International and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools ....

, where he played his senior high school year with the school’s team. During this season the team won the Class 1A state title, Barea averaged 24.8 points
Point (basketball)
Points in basketball are used to keep track of the score in a game. Points can be accumulated by making field goals or free throws ....

 per game, and was selected to Florida’s All-State team and was Miami-Dade’s Player of the Year.

College career


Barea was a four-year letterman at Northeastern University from 2002 to 2006. In 2005 and 2006, as a junior and senior, he was named a finalist for the Bob Cousy
Bob Cousy
Robert Joseph "Bob" Cousy is a retired American professional basketball player. The 6'1" , 175-pound Cousy played point guard with the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics from 1951 to 1963 and briefly with the Cincinnati Royals in the 1969–70 season...

 Award, given to the nation's best point guard
Point guard
Point guard , also called the play maker or "the ball-handler", is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. A point guard has perhaps the most specialized role of any position – essentially, he is expected to run the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that...

. Barea was selected to the All-America East First Team twice. Northeastern switched to the Colonial Athletic Association
Colonial Athletic Association
The Colonial Athletic Association is a NCAA Division I college athletic conference whose full-time members are located in East Coast states from Massachusetts to Georgia. Most of its members are public universities, with five in Virginia alone, and the conference is headquartered in Richmond,...

 for his senior campaign and he earned All-CAA First Team honors. Barea finished his career as the school's second all-time leading scorer with 2,209 points behind Reggie Lewis
Reggie Lewis
Reggie Lewis was an American professional basketball player for the NBA's Boston Celtics from 1987 to 1993.-Early life:...

. He also left Northeastern as its second all-time leader in assists
Assist (basketball)
In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was "assisting" in the basket. There is some judgment involved in deciding whether a passer should be credited with an assist...

 (721) and leader in three-point field goal
Three-point field goal
A three-point field goal is a field goal in a basketball game, made from beyond the three-point line, a designated arc radiating from the basket...

s made (255).

During his freshman year (2002–03), Barea led the team and was third in America East in scoring (17.0 ppg). He was selected to the America East All-Rookie Team, All-Tournament Team and All-Conference Third Team. In addition, he became the first Husky freshman to record 400 points and 100 assists in a season, and led NU with a team-high 25 double-figure scoring games.

During his sophomore year (2003–04), Barea led the team and was second in the conference in scoring (20.7 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg). This made him the first Husky since Reggie Lewis in 1986–87 to average at least 20 points per game. He recorded a double-double with nineteen points and ten assists in a 91–84 win over West Virginia.

During his junior year (2004–05), Barea ranked second in the America East and eighth in the country in scoring (22.2 ppg). He led the conference and was fifth in the nation in assists (7.3 apg). In recognition of his accomplishments, he was given an Honorable Mention All-America by Sports Illustrated.com and recognized as an All-District 1 Second Team selection for the second consecutive year by the NABC. Barea placed third in assists (218), fourth in three-pointers (68) and sixth in points (665) on Northeastern's single-season charts. He tied the school record with a career-high 41 points against Stony Brook.

During his senior year (2005–06), Barea was awarded an Honorable Mention All-America by The Associated Press. He finished third in the country in assists (8.4 apg) and was named CAA Player of the Year
Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Year
The Colonial Athletic Association Men's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Colonial Athletic Association's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the 1982–83 season, when the conference was known as the ECAC South basketball league...

, earned NABC All-District 1 First Team selection and was named Mid-Major Player of the Year by CollegeInsider.com. He led Northeastern and finished 19th in the nation in scoring (21.0 ppg), including 26 points and nine assists against California. He averaged 16.5 points and 7.0 assists in two games against eventual Final Four participant, George Mason
George Mason University
George Mason University is a public university based in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, south of and adjacent to the city of Fairfax. Additional campuses are located nearby in Arlington County, Prince William County, and Loudoun County...

. He also scored a season-high 32 points, to go with 10 assists against Old Dominion.

Post-college


In April 2006, Barea had a productive participation at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Virginia
Virginia
The Commonwealth of Virginia , is a U.S. state on the Atlantic Coast of the Southern United States. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" and sometimes the "Mother of Presidents" after the eight U.S. presidents born there...

, finishing with averages of 15 points, 13.6 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game while committing five turnovers
Turnover (basketball)
In basketball, a turnover occurs when a player from one team gives possession to a member of the opposing team by losing the ball. This can result from the ball being stolen, the player making mistakes such as stepping out or throwing the ball out of bounds, or committing a violation or committing...

 in three contests. Barea broke the single game and tournament assist records, dishing out 18 assists in a 118–100 victory, giving him 41 assists in three games. For his efforts, Barea was awarded the Allen Iverson
Allen Iverson
Allen Ezail Iverson is an American professional basketball point guard and shooting guard. He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the number one pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in the 1996–97 season...

 Award for inspiration and effort in the competition.

Career in Puerto Rico


Barea started his professional career at the age of 17 in 2001, playing in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional de Puerto Rico (BSN) with the Indios de Mayagüez. He played in 13 games, averaging 2.1 ppg. In 2002 he returned with the Mayagüez Indios playing in 14 games and averaging 2.8 ppg. After a three year absence, Barea returned in 2006 to play for the Cangrejeros de Santurce, playing in nine games and averaging 10.4 ppg, 2.7 apg, and 2.8 rpg.

2006–2007 season


Following the conclusion of his NCAA career he was described as a gifted rebounder for his size, a good passer, and a flexible shooter by scouts. Barea decided to enter his name in the 2006 NBA draft
2006 NBA Draft
The 2006 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2006 at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was broadcast in the United States on ESPN. In this draft, National Basketball Association teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players,...

. He went undrafted and played in the league's offseason tournament to gain a contract as a free agent
Free agent
In professional sports, a free agent is a player whose contract with a team has expired and who is thus eligible to sign with another club or franchise....

. During the summer, Barea participated with the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. They are part of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association...

 in the Vegas Summer League. He also participated with the Dallas Mavericks
Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association , and the reigning NBA champions, having defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.According to a 2011...

 in the Rocky Mountain Revue, where he averaged 12.0 points, 6.7 assists, 1.7 rebounds in 25.0 minutes in three contests.

On October 30, 2006 Barea received an official spot on the roster of the Dallas Mavericks for the 2006–07 NBA season. He enjoyed a successful preseason with the team, which prompted the Mavericks to give him a guaranteed $400,000 contract for one year. He debuted on November 4, 2006 as the team's second backup point guard.

NBA Development League


On January 17, 2007, Barea was assigned to the Fort Worth Flyers
Fort Worth Flyers
The Fort Worth Flyers is the name of a now defunct team of the NBA Development League minor league basketball expansion team based in Fort Worth, Texas. They began play in the 2005-06 season. The decision was made by the NBADL to not operate this team for the 2007-08 season.- Franchise history...

 of the NBA Development League
NBA Development League
The NBA Development League, or NBA D-League, is the National Basketball Association's official minor league basketball organization. Known until summer 2005 as the National Basketball Development League , the NBA D-League started with eight teams in the fall of 2001...

 (NBA D-League). He played seven games in the league before being recalled by the Dallas Mavericks on February 1, 2007. Barea topped 40 points in two different games, while leading the Flyers to a 3–1 record. José had the top scoring performance of the D-League season, with 43 points on eighteen out of twenty-four shooting in a loss to Idaho. He reached 40 points for the second time with 41 on 16 out of 23 shooting in a win over the Dakota Wizards
Dakota Wizards
The Dakota Wizards are an American basketball team in the NBA Development League, based in Bismarck, North Dakota. Home games are played at the Bismarck Civic Center.-Beginnings in IBA:...

. Barea recorded double-doubles in his other two games on his second week, scoring 17 points with 10 assists in a win over Idaho, and 25 points with 11 assists in a win over Dakota. As a result of his performance he was selected as the D-League Performer of the Week on January 29, 2007. Barea's averages for that week were 31.5 points, 7.5 assists and 6.0 rebounds in four games. He shot .549 (45 out of 82) from the field. Barea is the first NBA-assigned player to be named D-League Performer of the Week. The only number currently retired (#11) of the Fort Worth Flyers is that of Jose Juan Barea for his back-to-back 40 point games.

Reclaimed by Dallas


After being reclaimed by the Dallas Mavericks, Barea made his first career three point basket against the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are an American professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. They are part of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association...

 on March 12, 2007. On March 14, 2007, he scored his first career block against Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Barbosa
Leandro Mateus Barbosa is a Brazilian professional basketball player, who plays at the guard position with Flamengo Basketball in Brazil. He is also under contract with the National Basketball Association's Toronto Raptors, and is expected to return to that team once the 2011 NBA lockout ends...

 of the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association and the only team in their division not to be based in California. Their home arena since 1992 has been the US...

. Near the end of the regular season, he was allowed more playing time by his coach. On April 11, 2007, he played against the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are an American professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They play in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association . Founded in 1989, the team is currently owned by Glen Taylor...

 in a game where in 23 minutes he scored a (then) career-high 13 points, as well as three assists and collected three rebounds. In the following game against the Utah Jazz
Utah Jazz
The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are currently a part of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association...

, he played 24 minutes and surpassed his previous career-high, scoring 16 points. On April 17, 2007, Barea started his first NBA game against the Warriors. He played a career-high 31 minutes, recording 13 points and 10 rebounds, thus registering his first career double double.

Barea participated in the 2007 NBA Las Vegas Summer League along with Maurice Ager
Maurice Ager
Maurice Darnell Ager is an American professional basketball player. He played collegiately for the Michigan State Spartans from 2002 until 2006...

 and Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Pops Mensah-Bonsu
Nana Papa Yaw Dwene "Pops" Mensah-Bonsu is a British professional basketball player of Ghanaian descent.-Amateur career:...

 of the Mavericks. He was selected to the NBA Summer League All-Star First Team, after averaging 14.4 points per game, 6.2 assists per game and 3.0 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage
Field goal percentage
Field goal percentage in basketball is the ratio of field goals made to field goals attempted. Its abbreviation is FG%. Three-point field goals are included in this percentage. Instead of using scales of 0 to 100%, the scale .000 to 1.000 is commonly used. A higher field goal percentage denotes...

 in the tournament was .531 in and .429 from the three-point range. Barea led the Mavericks in scoring and assists and the team finished with a 5–0 record.

2007–2008 season


Barea finished his second season with the Mavericks with an average of 4.3 points and 1.3 assists per game. In the 2007–08 season he acted as the team's starting point guard in a series of games when Devin Harris
Devin Harris
Devin Lamar Harris is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association . Harris attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison...

 was injured. In his first start of the season, Barea scored 25 points after shooting 9–11 from the field against the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks are a professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. They are part of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association . The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, and currently plays at the Bradley Center....

. In the first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Hornets, Barea played in his first post-season game, where he scored eight points.

2008–2009 season


For the 2008–09 season, Barea's role in the team grew much more noticeable. Injuries to Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Stackhouse
Jerry Darnell Stackhouse is an American professional basketball player who plays both shooting guard and small forward. He most recently played for the Miami Heat. He is now an NBA TV analyst but remains as an eligible free agent....

, Josh Howard
Josh Howard
Joshua Jay Howard is an American professional basketball player who most recently played for the NBA's Washington Wizards. At and , he plays as a small forward.-High school:...

, and Jason Terry
Jason Terry
Jason Eugene Terry is an American professional basketball player playing with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. He plays shooting guard, although he also can play point guard. His nickname, "JET," derives from his initials...

 saw Barea getting more minutes per game than in any previous NBA season. Coach Rick Carlisle
Rick Carlisle
Richard Preston Carlisle is the head coach of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. He has also coached the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons, and was previously a player in the NBA. He is also one of the only 11 people to win an NBA championship both as a player and as a coach.-Playing career:Carlisle...

 began regularly using a 3-guard-lineup which included Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd
Jason Frederick Kidd is an American professional basketball point guard who plays for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. Raised in Oakland, California, Kidd played college basketball at the University of California, Berkeley and was drafted second overall by the Dallas...

, Jason Terry
Jason Terry
Jason Eugene Terry is an American professional basketball player playing with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. He plays shooting guard, although he also can play point guard. His nickname, "JET," derives from his initials...

 and Barea to spark an offensive streak in games. In February 20, 2009, Barea scored a career high 26 points in a regular season game against the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. The team plays in the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association . The team was established in 1967, and played in San Diego, California for four years, before being...

.

In the 2009 playoffs
2009 NBA Playoffs
The 2009 NBA Playoffs was the postseason for the National Basketball Association's 2008–09 season. The playoffs started on April 18, 2009 with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV broadcasting the games in the United States...

, Barea became a starter during the first round of the Playoffs, replacing Antoine Wright
Antoine Wright
Antoine Domonick Wright is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Asefa Estudiantes in Spain. He attended preparatory school at Lawrence Academy at Groton; in 2002, he led the Spartans to an Independent School League Basketball Championship...

 in an effort to contain Tony Parker
Tony Parker
William Anthony "Tony" Parker is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA....

 of the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. They are part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association ....

. He scored 13 points and 7 assists in his first playoff start.

2009–2010 season


During the 2009–2010 season, Barea averaged 7.6 points and 3.3 assists coming from the bench most of the time. He scored a season-high 23 points twice during two starts in the month of December. He also scored 14 points during the Mavericks first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs are an American professional basketball team based in San Antonio, Texas. They are part of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association ....

.

2010–2011 season


In June 2010, the Mavericks used Barea's team option ($1.8 million) and signed him for the 2010–11 NBA season
2010–11 NBA season
The 2010–11 NBA season was the 65th season of the National Basketball Association . The 2011 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in six games, 4 games to 2, to win their first NBA title, and...

. Barea averaged 9.5 points and 3.9 assists coming from the bench. He also scored a new career-high of 29 points on 11–21 shooting from the floor on New Years Day against the Milwaukee Bucks
Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks are a professional basketball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. They are part of the Central Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association . The team was founded in 1968 as an expansion team, and currently plays at the Bradley Center....

. He also finished the month of February with an average of 13.6 ppg along with 5 assists.

In the playoffs
2011 NBA Playoffs
The 2011 NBA Playoffs was the postseason for the National Basketball Association's 2010–11 season. Eight teams from each of the league's two conferences qualified for the playoffs, all seeded 1 to 8 in a tournament bracket, with all rounds in a best-of-seven format. The 2011 NBA Playoffs began on...

, the Mavericks faced the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California. They play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Basketball Association...

 in the second round. In the second game of the series, Barea scored 12 points from the bench to lead a fourth-quarter rally which resulted in a 93–81 win for Dallas. With the game already decided and 24 seconds remaining, Barea was clotheslined by Lakers' forward Ron Artest
Ron Artest
Metta World Peace is an American professional basketball player and rapper who is currently with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA. World Peace gained a reputation as one of the league's premier defenders as he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2004...

, which led to a suspension. After the game, the Lakers praised Barea's game with Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
Philip Douglas "Phil" Jackson is a retired American professional basketball coach and player. Jackson is widely considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the National Basketball Association . His reputation was established as head coach of the Chicago Bulls from 1989 through 1998;...

 even comparing him to Chris Paul
Chris Paul
Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball point guard for the New Orleans Hornets.Paul was born and raised in North Carolina. Despite only playing two varsity basketball seasons in high school, he was a McDonald's All-American and accepted a scholarship with nearby Wake...

 while Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bean Bryant is an American professional basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association . Bryant enjoyed a successful high school basketball career at Lower Merion High School, where he was recognized as the top high school...

 said that "Barea kicked our asses".

In the last game of the series, the Mavericks defeated the Lakers, eliminating them. Barea was the second-leading scorer for his team with 22 points and 8 assists. During the fourth quarter, Lakers' center Andrew Bynum
Andrew Bynum
Andrew Bynum is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association . He was drafted 10th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005. Bynum became the youngest player ever to play an NBA game later that year, breaking Jermaine...

 threw an elbow at Barea as he was driving for a layup. Barea fell down hard while Bynum was immediately ejected. Although Barea recovered and finished the game, he called the foul "dangerous". Initially Bynum was unapologetic about the incident saying "We were getting embarrassed. They were breaking us down. So I just fouled somebody", but later he issued a formal apology to the league and Barea. The NBA suspended Bynum for the first five games in the next season.

The Mavericks won the NBA championship in a 105–95 victory over the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
The Miami Heat is a professional basketball team based in Miami, Florida, United States. The team is a member of the Southeast Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association . They play their home games at American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami...

, in a game in which Barea contributed 15 points. Barea is only the second Puerto Rican player to win an NBA championship, following Butch Lee.

International career



Barea began his international career with Puerto Rico's Under-19 team, participating in the Under-19 World Championship where he finished in tied in the third place of the tournament's Most Valuable Player
Most Valuable Player
In sports, a Most Valuable Player award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests...

 poll. His next international representation came at Caguas, Puerto Rico
Caguas, Puerto Rico
Caguas , founded in 1775, is a city and municipality of Puerto Rico located in the Central Mountain Range of Puerto Rico, south of San Juan and Trujillo Alto, west of Gurabo and San Lorenzo, east of Aguas Buenas, Cidra, and Cayey....

 in the Under-21 Centro Basket tournament where Puerto Rico won the gold medal. Barea was awarded the competition's Most Valuable Player recognition after leading the tournament in scoring, assists and steals. His last participation at the Under-21 level occurred at the World Championships where he finished fourth in scoring, with an average of 17.6 points per game and led the competition in assists with 7.3 per game, as Puerto Rico finished seventh.

In July 2006, Barea made his debut for the senior national team
Puerto Rico national basketball team
The Puerto Rico men's national basketball team represents Puerto Rico in international basketball competitions such as the Olympics, the World Championship, and the Americas Championship...

 in the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games
Central American and Caribbean Games
The Central American and Caribbean Games are a multi-sport regional championships event, held quadrennial , typically in the middle year between Summer Olympics...

 where Puerto Rico won the gold medal. Here he scored a decisive three point basket with fourteen seconds left in the championship game against Panama
Panama
Panama , officially the Republic of Panama , is the southernmost country of Central America. Situated on the isthmus connecting North and South America, it is bordered by Costa Rica to the northwest, Colombia to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The...

, giving Puerto Rico a final advantage. In this tournament Puerto Rico finished undefeated with six straight victories. He was selected as the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Barea was the primary point guard for the Puerto Rican team that participated in the 2007 Pan American Games
2007 Pan American Games
The 2007 Pan American Games, officially known as the XV Pan American Games, were a major continental multi-sport event that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 13 to July 29, 2007. A total of 5,633 athletes from 42 National Olympic Committees competed in 332 events in 34 sports and in...

, where the team won the silver medal. Later that year, he had limited participation in the 2007 FIBA Americas tournament, where Puerto Rico won the bronze medal. In 2008, Barea participated in a series of preparatory tournaments, before attending an Olympic qualificatory event. In these exhibition games, he performed in the team's starting position. The Olympic Qualifying Tournament began on July 14, 2008, with Barea returning to the back-up position behind Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Alberto Arroyo Bermúdez is a Puerto Rican professional basketball point guard who last played for the Boston Celtics. Arroyo is the fifth player from Puerto Rico to play in the NBA...

. Puerto Rico advanced to the finals, but didn't qualify to the Olympic games. In this tournament Barea had averages of 12.4 points per game, 2.2 assists per game and 3.2 rebounds per game.

Barea continued playing in the backup position at the 2008 CentroBasket tournament. He entered the final round leading the event in points, after scoring 31 and 30 points against Panama and the Dominican Republic. In the last two games, Barea was placed in the team's starting lineup. Puerto Rico won the tournament's gold medal by defeating the United States Virgin Islands. Following this game, Barea received the event's Most Valuable Player award. In 2009, the Mavericks didn't give Barea permission to play in the FIBA Americas Championship
FIBA Americas Championship 2009
The 2009 FIBA Americas Championship was the continental championships held by FIBA Americas for North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The championship served as a qualifying tournament for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey...

. This decision was based on the fact that the player had undergone surgery on his left shoulder during the post-season. Barea returned to international play at the 2010 CentroBasket, serving as the national team's starting point guard, Arroyo was in turn reassigned to the regular shooting guard position. Puerto Rico won its group, defeating Panama in semifinals and the Dominican Republic in the final to win the gold medal. Barea had averages of 13.8 points per game and led CentroBasket in assists per game with 7.0, earning him inclusion in the tournament's All-Star Team.

Personal life


Barea's height is listed as 6'0" by the NBA
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America. It consists of thirty franchised member clubs, of which twenty-nine are located in the United States and one in Canada...

. However, according to his mother, his real height is 5'10¾. During an interview on talk show Lopez Tonight
Lopez Tonight
Lopez Tonight was an American late-night television talk show hosted by comedian George Lopez. The hour-long program premiered on November 9, 2009, on cable network TBS. Lopez was the first Mexican American to host a late-night talk show on an English-language network in the United States. The...

, when George Lopez
George Lopez
George Lopez is an American comedian, actor, and talk show host. He is mostly known for starring in his self-produced ABC sitcom George Lopez. His stand-up comedy examines race and ethnic relations, including the Mexican American culture...

 asked him about his height, Barea jokingly said it was "5'11... on a good day".

In 2011, Barea confirmed he was in a relationship with former Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2006
Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2006
The Annual Miss Puerto Rico Universe pageant was held on November 10, 2005 in Puerto Rico. Cynthia Olavarría, who held the title of Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2005 and placed 1st Runner-up at the Miss Universe 2005 pageant , crowned her successor Zuleyka Rivera as Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2006,...

 and Miss Universe 2006
Miss Universe 2006
Miss Universe 2006, the 55th Miss Universe pageant, took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, USA. Unlike past events, it was broadcast live on NBC on a Sunday, July 23, 2006, almost two months later than usual....

 Zuleyka Rivera
Zuleyka Rivera
Zuleyka Jerrís Rivera Mendoza is a Puerto Rican beauty queen who held the titles Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2006 and Miss Universe 2006. She made her debut as a telenovela actress in Telemundo's soap opera Dame Chocolate.-Early life:...

. In the summer of 2011, they confirmed that they were expecting their first baby.

NCAA



|-
| align="left" | 2002-03
| align="left" | Northeastern
| 28 || - || 32.2 || .407 || .316 || .785 || 3.0 || 3.9 || - || - || 17.0
|-
| align="left" | 2003-04
| align="left" | Northeastern
| 26 || - || 34.2 || .385 || .358 || .719 || 3.6 || 5.8 || - || - || 20.7
|-
| align="left" | 2004-05
| align="left" | Northeastern
| 30 || - || 33.2 || .419 || .321 || .784 || 4.3 || 7.3 || - || - || 22.2
|-
| align="left" | 2005-06
| align="left" | Northeastern
| 29 || - || 33.6 || .400 || .291 || .764 || 4.4 || 8.4 || - || - || 21.0
|-
| align="left" | Career
| align="left" |
| 113 || - || 33.3 || .404 || .321 || .764 || 3.9 || 6.4 || - || - || 20.3

NBA D-League



|-
| style="text-align:left;"|
| style="text-align:left;"| Ft. Worth
Fort Worth Flyers
The Fort Worth Flyers is the name of a now defunct team of the NBA Development League minor league basketball expansion team based in Fort Worth, Texas. They began play in the 2005-06 season. The decision was made by the NBADL to not operate this team for the 2007-08 season.- Franchise history...


| 8 || 6 || 36.6 || .523 || .438 || .780 || 5.0 || 7.8 || 1.3 || 0.0 || 27.3
|- class="sortbottom"
| style="text-align:left;"| Career
| style="text-align:left;"|
| 8 || 6 || 36.6 || .523 || .438 || .780 || 5.0 || 7.8 || 1.3 || 0.0 || 27.3

Regular season



|-
| align="left" | 2006–07
| align="left" | Dallas
Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association , and the reigning NBA champions, having defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.According to a 2011...


| 33 || 1 || 5.8 || .359 || .286 || .667 || .8 || .7 || .0 || .0 || 2.4
|-
| align="left" | 2007–08
| align="left" | Dallas
| 44 || 9 || 10.5 || .418 || .389 || .800 || 1.1 || 1.3 || .3 || .0 || 4.3
|-
| align="left" | 2008–09
2008–09 NBA season
The 2008–09 NBA season was the 63rd season of the National Basketball Association . The 1,230-game regular season began on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, and ended on Wednesday, April 15, 2009...


| align="left" | Dallas
| 79 || 15 || 20.3 || .442 || .357 || .753 || 2.2 || 3.4 || .5 || .1 || 7.8
|-
| align="left" | 2009–10
2009–10 NBA season
The 2009–10 NBA season was the 64th season of the National Basketball Association . The 1,230-game regular season began on Tuesday, October 27, 2009, and ended on Wednesday, April 14, 2010....


| align="left" | Dallas
| 78 || 18 || 19.8 || .440 || .357 || .844 || 1.9 || 3.3 || .4 || .1 || 7.6
|-
| align="left" | 2010–11
2010–11 NBA season
The 2010–11 NBA season was the 65th season of the National Basketball Association . The 2011 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in six games, 4 games to 2, to win their first NBA title, and...


| align="left" | Dallas
| 81 || 2 || 20.6 || .439 || .349 || .847 || 2.0 || 3.9 || .4 || .0 || 9.5
|-
| align="left" | Career
| align="left" |
| 315 || 45 || 17.3 || .435 || .355 || .810 || 1.8 || 2.9 || .4 || .0 || 7.1

Playoffs



|-
| align="left" | 2007
2007 NBA Playoffs
The 2007 NBA Playoffs was the postseason to the National Basketball Association's 2006–2007 season.There were four rounds of postseason action, all of them in a best-of-seven format, with teams seeded on a bracket. The team with the better record wasn't necessarily the basis of seeding teams in...


| align="left" | Dallas
Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks are a professional basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. They are members of the Southwest Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association , and the reigning NBA champions, having defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.According to a 2011...


| 2 || 0 || 2.0 || .000 || .000 || .000 || .0 || .0 || .0 || .0 || .0
|-
| align="left" | 2008
2008 NBA Playoffs
The 2008 NBA Playoffs was the postseason for the National Basketball Association's 2007–08 season which ended with the Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics defeating the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers 4–2....


| align="left" | Dallas
| 1 || 0 || 5.0 || .750 || 1.000 || .000 || .0 || 1.0 || .0 || .0 || 8.0
|-
| align="left" | 2009
2009 NBA Playoffs
The 2009 NBA Playoffs was the postseason for the National Basketball Association's 2008–09 season. The playoffs started on April 18, 2009 with ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV broadcasting the games in the United States...


| align="left" | Dallas
| 10 || 4 || 22.1 || .437 || .313 || .692 || 2.0 || 3.4 || .3 || .0 || 7.6
|-
| align="left" | 2010
2010 NBA Playoffs
The 2010 NBA Playoffs was the postseason for the National Basketball Association's 2009–10 season. The playoffs started on April 17, 2010 with ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, and NBA TV broadcasting the games in the United States...


| align="left" | Dallas
| 6 || 0 || 17.5 || .405 || .400 || .333 || 2.0 || 2.5 || .3 || .2 || 5.8
|-
| align="left" | 2011
2011 NBA Playoffs
The 2011 NBA Playoffs was the postseason for the National Basketball Association's 2010–11 season. Eight teams from each of the league's two conferences qualified for the playoffs, all seeded 1 to 8 in a tournament bracket, with all rounds in a best-of-seven format. The 2011 NBA Playoffs began on...


| align="left" | Dallas
| 21 || 3 || 18.6 || .419 || .320 || .794 || 1.9 || 3.4 || .3 || .0 || 8.9
|-
| align="left" | Career
| align="left" |
| 40 || 7 || 18.1 || .426 || .346 || .712 || 1.8 || 3.0 || .3 || .0 || 7.7

BSN



|-
| align="left" | 2001
| align="left" | Mayagüez
Indios de Mayagüez
The Indios de Mayagüez are a baseball team in the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League . Normally based in Mayagüez, the Indios have won 16 national championships and two Caribbean World Series...


| 13 || .440 || .625 || .500 || 0.3 || 0.5 || 2.1
|-
| align="left" | 2002
| align="left" | Mayagüez
Indios de Mayagüez
The Indios de Mayagüez are a baseball team in the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League . Normally based in Mayagüez, the Indios have won 16 national championships and two Caribbean World Series...


| 14 || .467 || .222 || .750 || 0.8 || 0.8 || 2.8
|-
| align="left" | 2006
| align="left" | Santurce
| 9 || .526 || .231 || .759 || 2.8 || 2.7 || 10.4
|-
| align="left" | Career
| align="left" |
| 36 || .460 || .302 || .733 || 1.1 || 1.1 || 4.4

See also


  • Sports in Puerto Rico
    Sports in Puerto Rico
    Sports in Puerto Rico can be traced from the ceremonial competitions amongst the pre-Columbian Native Americans of the Arawak tribes which inhabited the island to the modern era in which sports activities consist of an organized physical activity or skill carried out with a recreational purpose...

  • List of notable Puerto Ricans


External links