Mike Rice Rumors
The Portland Trail Blazers have completed the offseason overhaul of their television and radio broadcast teams. The Blazers hired veteran play-by-play announcer Kevin Calabro to become the new face of Blazers television broadcasts in June, shortly after parting ways with the longtime broadcast duo of Mike Barrett and Mike Rice. Now the team is set to hire Lamar Hurd as the analyst alongside Calabro, The Oregonian/OregonLive has confirmed.
Radio play-by-play announcer Brian Wheeler has negotiated a two-year contract extension with the Blazers, meaning the club’s entire broadcast crew will be back for at least another season. Television play-by-play voice Mike Barrett and analysts Mike Rice (TV) and Antonio Harvey (radio) are contracted through 2015-16, with a club option for the following season.
Mike Rice is taking the first step toward rehabilitation by spending a month with basketball wellness guru John Lucas in Houston. Lucas told ESPN.com Monday that the former Rutgers coach is receiving anger management counseling and working with former college players who are going through Lucas’ pre-NBA draft camp. “He’s doing great,” Lucas told ESPN.com. “His attitude has been phenomenal and our kids live his intensity and his passion for the game. He’s happy to be having this chance to give back a little bit.”
Put your hands on Kobe Bryant … he’s gonna put a beatdown on you — even if you’re his coach. During an interview with Jim Rome … Kobe reacted to the infamous video of now-fired Rutgers coach Mike Rice getting physical with his players, saying if he was on that team … “I woulda smacked the hell out of him. No question about it.”
The FBI has launched an investigation into possible extortion surrounding the Rutgers basketball video scandal that has cost head coach Mike Rice and athletic director Tim Pernetti their jobs. At the centre of the FBI investigation is the former director of player development under Rice, Eric Murdock. It was Murdock who provided the video showing Rice kicking and shoving players, throwing basketballs at players and taunting them with homophobic language. According to the New York Times, Murdock approached the university in December asking for $950,000. The university declined to pay Murdock who subsequently released the video, setting off a firestorm at Rutgers.