Draft Packs (photo. Draft Packs)
It’s been 20 years since J.R. Rider brought the Slam Dunk Contest to its knees with his famous Eastbay Funk dunk. Thankfully, Draft Packs is now celebrating with a new t-shirt. The Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Pack comes in three distinct colorways, all of them celebrating Rider’s time in Minnesota, where he was one of the game’s best young players for three years in the mid-90s. Read More »
Kobe Bryant (photo. Nike Basketball)
During the second season of the Lakers’ three-peat with the Holy Trinity of Shaq, Phil and Kobe, there was a story in an ESPN feature detailing how Kobe Bryant welcomed J.R. Rider to L.A. Story goes that KB, to reaffirm his status as the ultimate alpha dog, challenged Rider to a game of one-on-one after practice. One game turned into two games. Two turned into three, and so on. Read More »
It’s been a minute since we hard from Isaiah “J.R.” Rider. But he’s one of those late ’90s stars who came, left an imprint, and then bounced too quickly. Before YouTube, Twitter and social media, Rider was a physical beast that could put down a windmill just as easily as a fadeaway. He averaged at least 16.1 points a game in six of his first seven seasons in the NBA, but then went to the Lakers and within two years was out of the NBA. Maybe now we’ll find out where he’s been.
He hit us up on Twitter early today to show off this exclusive trailer for his new documentary, “My Testimony: Raw And Uncut.” It looks pretty dope. Read More »
When people talk about the most infamous teams in NBA history, it’s always fun to reminisce about the Portland Jail Blazers. Damon Stoudamire. J.R. Rider. Rasheed Wallace. The basketball world (and local authorities) couldn’t get enough. Now, continuing their signature “Dynasty” series, UNDRCRWN has teamed up with Portland’s Compound Gallery to give you a chance to own a piece of history. Read More »
There are certain players that you always wonder what could have been. But because of poor decisions, bad luck or both â€“ they never reached their NBA potential. Jay Williams, Eddie Griffin and Michael Ray Richardson are just a few names that come to mind. Probably the biggest example of someone who had a chance to be special but fell well short of his potential is Isaiah “J.R.” Rider. Read More »
These days, the business of basketball is good for the Portland Trail Blazers. However, not too long ago, the City of Roses tagged their only pro sports team by another name: the Jail Blazers.
The era of the Jail Blazers is an interesting and lengthy time period, through which it extends from J.R. Rider‘s heyday, until really 2005. Whereas, the Blazers had been branded with this label for a while, I chose to further examine Burnside’s best from ’01 through the ’04 season. Read More »
/ Sep 1, 2009 / 3:02 am
Now that we know Ricky Rubio won’t be playing in Minnesota this season (or next), questions turn to whether he’ll ever play for the Wolves at all. Soon after it was reported that Rubio is definitely staying in Spain until 2011, some Minnesota sources said the Knicks were worming their way back into the picture, pitching trades to see if the Wolves would rather get something now than wait for Rubio later. Then some New York sources promptly denied it. (Why wouldn’t they?) If the teams are talking, apparently David Lee, Nate Robinson, and/or a No. 1 pick would be some of the bargaining chips on the table. Just for fun, let’s pretend there’s a chance of a deal here: We’ve been over how Rubio and the Knicks would be a perfect fit; but what about Lee or Nate in Minnesota? Read More »