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February 6, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
J.R. Rider, Nevada Las Vegas' leading scorer, had his eligibility restored by the NCAA, clearing the way for him to play in tonight's game against UC Santa Barbara. Athletic Director Jim Weaver said the NCAA reinstated Rider at the university's request after a review of a possible infraction stemming from Rider's arrest last month.
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September 12, 2001 | Tim Brown
J.R. Rider, a Laker washout after one season, is negotiating with the Denver Nuggets, among one or two other teams, for a 2001-02 contract. Nugget General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe said Tuesday that he would consider signing Rider, a natural scorer with chronic behavioral issues. "J.R. is a fantastic player and a good athlete with unquestionable scoring ability," Vandeweghe told the Denver Post. "Anytime you have someone with such physical talents, you have to look at that."
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February 5, 1992 | Associated Press
J.R. Rider, Nevada Las Vegas' leading scorer, has been declared ineligible by university officials after they determined he did not pay his own bail when arrested during an altercation with a Las Vegas police officer. Rider was not suspended, however, and will continue to practice during the investigation, UNLV Athletic Director Jim Weaver said. Rider will have to make restitution on the $200 bail before UNLV can apply for his reinstatement from the NCAA.
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January 2, 1992 | MIKE DiGIOVANNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As high-risk college basketball recruits go, J.R. Rider doesn't rate anywhere near Lloyd Daniels, the former New York City standout who was arrested in a Las Vegas drug bust and who is the focus of an NCAA investigation charging major violations against the Nevada Las Vegas program. But Rebel Coach Jerry Tarkanian certainly took some flak for signing Rider, whose checkered past didn't seem to wash with the school's supposed effort to upgrade its image.
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March 11, 1993 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rollie Massimino calls J.R. Rider "the Elephant." Why? "Because he's big," the Nevada Las Vegas basketball coach says. Rider, a 6-foot-5 forward, is a thick, though fluid, 215 pounds. But Massimino is not talking about that kind of big. "You always make sure you take care of the big elephant," he adds. "Then the mice." In his unique way, Massimino is saying that Rider, UNLV's headliner, is one of the best players in college basketball. Statistics overwhelmingly support that claim.
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May 20, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Former Nevada Las Vegas star J.R. Rider received excessive tutoring in a class he needed to remain eligible for his final college basketball season, according to a report. But the inquiry into Rider's academic progress concluded there was "no deliberate intent to engage in inappropriate academic practices" by Rider or the university.
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June 17, 2001 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In his basketball soul, Isaiah "J.R." Rider believes his championship ring will arrive in a box, postmarked Los Angeles, sometime next fall. He would like to stay. No, he'd love to stay, to work his game into Phil Jackson's offense, into the wonderful, late-season balance struck between Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, into the Lakers' bid for a third consecutive NBA title.
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April 10, 2001 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
J.R. Rider's latest opportunity, the one where he'd score in place of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant and help the Lakers win another NBA championship, could be over. The talented and oft-tardy Rider is expected to be placed on the injured list today, the gracious alternative to being waived, which was intended when Laker officials called him into an office in their El Segundo headquarters on Monday afternoon.
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April 5, 2001
The Lakers celebrated their playoff-clinching victory in Utah on Tuesday night by flying Wednesday morning to Chicago, J.R. Rider in tow. And while it would be wonderful for the Lakers if Rider weren't suddenly a bit more necessary, Kobe Bryant did not practice Wednesday and he is doubtful for tonight's game against the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers held an informal, mid-afternoon shoot-around and by all accounts Rider made the bus, the plane, and the bus again.
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April 4, 2001 | TIM BROWN
J.R. Rider did not play Tuesday night because he missed the team bus, then arrived 45 minutes after the required reporting time, Coach Phil Jackson said. The team hotel is three blocks from The Delta Center, where the Utah Jazz play, about a five-minute walk. Asked if something happened, Rider said, "Nothing happened. Nothing happened." Often, Rider oversleeps. "Nothing happened," he said. Told Jackson's version, Rider said, "Report that Phil said I was late to the bus."
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March 19, 2001 | TIM BROWN
On Sunday morning, Isaiah "J.R." Rider checked out of the hotel that started this mess. By Sunday night, he was in the town he eventually was asked to leave because of it. As far as karma goes, he has had better trips. A year ago, an Orlando hotel security guard reportedly told Atlanta General Manager Pete Babcock that he had found evidence of drug use in Rider's room.
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February 19, 2001 | TIM BROWN
Before J.R. Rider left the bench for almost seven minutes of game time Sunday afternoon, before he was absent for more than 15 minutes of genuine earth time, his coach, Phil Jackson, explained their relationship. "I can't expect anything out of Isaiah, but I hope he performs well," he said. "Responsibility is another issue. Expectations, responsibilities, those are terms and words that mean nothing to him."
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February 13, 2001 | T.J. SIMERS
To save the Lakers, I believe it's time for J.R. Rider to step forward and do what he does best. Get in trouble. Missing a game this week would be a tremendous help, or showing up late and then going into an endless pout meriting a serious fine could be a season-saver. I'm not asking for anything unusual--he just needs to be himself. But whatever he does, it should be provocative, controversial or disruptive enough to shift the spotlight from Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal to himself.
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February 9, 2001 | TIM BROWN
When Shaquille O'Neal was injured and the Lakers became guard-oriented, it looked as if J.R. Rider would have his chance to be the scorer he believes he can be again. After all, on Jan. 26, the last game O'Neal played, Rider scored 24 points in 24 minutes against New Jersey and pledged to maintain his aggressiveness. In the final six games before the All-Star break, however, Rider made 13 of 41 shots, averaged five points and found his playing time cut by Coach Phil Jackson.
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