Who was the toughest player for you to guard during your career? DA: There was a couple. When I played it was tough. I was a tough guard but think about it, you had these shooting guards: Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Mitch Richmond, Latrell Sprewell, Allan Houston, Steve Smith, JR Rider… Just naming those guys, you knew you had a tough night every night and if you watched on TV you said ‘Man, this is a great game!’ Now you can’t name me five apart from Kobe [Bryant], [James] Harden and maybe Joe Johnson… It was fun back then. Mario Elie, Allen Iverson was a two-guard back then… There was a bunch of talent. Now? There’s nothing.
JR Rider Rumors
Former NBA Slam Dunk champion Isaiah “J.R.” Rider is a total flake who blew off his required domestic violence classes and failed to complete 90 hours of community service … this according to court docs obtained by TMZ. Rider — who was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife last year — was busted in Arizona for violating his probation Tuesday … but in court, he had no idea what he did wrong. According to the docs, Rider completely ignored his probation requirements — which included 100 hours of community service, (he only did 10), completion of domestic violence classes, submitting to a urinalysis test and paying fines.
Rider says Isaiah got permission from the court to apply to travel to L.A. to explore job opportunities as a basketball coach, but the P.O. has refused to sign off on it … insisting he work at a local McDonald’s, or a similar local establishment during his probation. Vanessa says, “He’s not going to work at McDonald’s … he’s a retired athlete.”
Isaiah Rider’s wife believes the former NBA star is the victim of a “she-devil, man-hating” probation officer … who has been out to get her husband simply because he’s famous. TMZ spoke with Vanessa Rider, who tells us … Isaiah’s P.O. has been “abusing her power” — and has been blocking his efforts to complete his probation, and that’s why he was arrested this week.
Rider’s probation stems from a 2010 incident — where he fled from police after they tried to pull him over for driving erratically. He pled guilty to unlawful flight from a law enforcement vehicle. Rider has had a long history of run-ins with police — over the years, he’s been arrested for fraud, battery, domestic violence, false reporting, kidnapping and possession of narcotic drugs.
Former NBA 1st round draft pick Isaiah “J.R.” Rider was arrested in Arizona this week for violating his probation … TMZ has learned. Rider — who played in the NBA from 1993 to 2001 — is currently behind bars in Maricopa County on a no-bail hold. It’s unclear why police believe Rider violated his probation.