Glen Rice

Glen Anthony Rice, Sr. (born May 28, 1967) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A 6'8" guard/forward, Rice was a three-time NBA All-Star, and made 1,559 three-point field goals during his 15-year career. Rice won both an NCAA championship and NBA championship during his collegiate and professional career. In recent years, Rice has taken up MMA fight promotion as owner of G-Force Fights based in Miami, Florida.

Glen Rice
Glen Rice 2010 (cropped)
Glen Rice in 2010
Personal information
BornMay 28, 1967 (age 51)
Jacksonville, Arkansas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight228 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High schoolFlint Northwestern
(Flint, Michigan)
CollegeMichigan (1985–1989)
NBA draft1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Playing career1989–2004
PositionSmall forward
Number41
Career history
19891995Miami Heat
19951999Charlotte Hornets
19992000Los Angeles Lakers
2000–2001New York Knicks
20012003Houston Rockets
2003–2004Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points18,336 (18.3 ppg)
Rebounds4,387 (4.4 rpg)
Assists2,097 (2.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

College career

Rice played college basketball for the University of Michigan Wolverines for four seasons (1985–1989), a starter for three of those seasons. He became the school's all-time leading scorer with 2,442 points. He led Michigan to the 1989 NCAA Men's Division I basketball championship, scoring an NCAA-record 184 points in tournament play, a record that still stands.[1][2] Rice was also voted the tournament's Most Outstanding Player and was part of the Associated Press All-America second-team, after averaging 25.6 points for the season, while shooting 58% from the floor and 52% from three-point range. After Rice's junior year, he was invited to try out for the 1988 United States Olympic basketball team, but he was cut before reaching the group of 48.[3] On February 20, 2005, Rice's No. 41 jersey was retired during a ceremony at Michigan's Crisler Arena.[4] Rice made the cover of Sports Illustrated on April 10, 1989.[5]

Rice continues to rank among Michigan's all-time leaders in several statistical categories, including:

  • 1st in men's career points (2,442)
  • 1st in single season points (949 in the 1988–89 season)
  • 1st in single season field goals made (363 in the 1988–89 season)
  • 1st in single season field goal attempts (629 in the 1988–89 season)
  • 1st in single season three-point field goal percent (51.6% in the 1988–89 season)
  • 2nd in career field goals made (1,003)
  • 2nd in single season three-point field goals made (99 in the 1988–89 season)[6]

NBA career

Rice started his senior season as a projected mid-first-round selection, but his stock rose due to his record-breaking performance in the NCAA Tournament, and he was selected #4 overall in the 1989 NBA draft by the Miami Heat.

Miami Heat

The Heat were an expansion team in the NBA and were now in their second-year in need of some offensive help after finishing last in the NBA in points per game in 1988–89. Joining other young players such as Sherman Douglas and Rony Seikaly, Rice would be called upon to deliver some of the scoring load despite being a rookie. Starting in 60 games, Rice averaged 13.6 points per game his rookie season just behind Douglas and Seikaly, but the lottery bound Heat only won 18 games. The following year only saw modest improvement for the team from 18 wins to 24 wins, but Rice started in every game he played and increased his scoring load to 17.4 points a game while leading the team in three-point field goals with 71.

The 1991–92 season would prove to be a breakthrough season for Rice and the Heat, as the team improved to 38 wins and featured other young players such as Steve Smith and Brian Shaw. By now Rice had become the team's leading scorer and averaged 22.3 points a game with 155 three-point field goals (second in the league), leading the Heat to its first playoff series in which the young team were swept by the defending champion Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan. Despite this, the Heat actually won less games the following year, while Rice's scoring average slipped to 19 as the scoring load of Seikaly and Smith increased.

Rice averaged 21.1 points a game in the 1993–94 season and led the Heat back into the playoffs and to their first ever playoff game win against the Atlanta Hawks, but the Heat were unable to win the hard-fought first round series in which the Hawks prevailed 3 games to 2.

In the 1994–95 season, Rice averaged 22.3 points a game (10th in the league) and made 185 three-point shots (6th in the league). Despite not being selected to play in the annual NBA All-Star Game, Rice participated in the NBA All-Star Long Distance Shootout at the 1995 All-Star game in Phoenix, and won the contest, edging out another sharp-shooter, Reggie Miller. Later during the season in nationally televised game against Shaquille O'Neal and the Orlando Magic he scored a career-high 56 points on 20 of 27 shots from the floor including 7 three-pointers. The 56 points were an NBA season-high for the 1994–95 season. Despite his individual success, the Heat were unable to make the playoffs.

Charlotte Hornets

Days before the start of the 1995–96 season, newly hired Coach/GM Pat Riley organized a trade in which Rice was sent to the Charlotte Hornets along with Matt Geiger in exchange for disgruntled Hornets center Alonzo Mourning who had refused any contract negotiations.

The Hornets paired Rice with high scoring forward Larry Johnson, and the two led the team to 41 wins. Rice led the team in scoring with 21.6 points a game and led his team in three-point field goals (171) and three-point shooting percentage (42%). He was also named to play in the 1996 NBA All-Star Game, but the Hornets failed to make the playoffs.

It would be the 1996–97 season in which Rice would earn the distinction of an elite player in the league. The Hornets had acquired veteran players Vlade Divac and Anthony Mason and no longer featured Johnson, and also hiring new head coach and NBA legend Dave Cowens. Rice averaged 26.8 points a game during the season, placing him third in the league in scoring, while leading the league in three-point shooting (47%) and minutes played. His play earned him his second straight All-Star game election, and at the 1997 NBA All-Star Game set an individual All-Star game records of 20 points in the third quarter and 24 points in the second half to finish with 26 points for the game. His 8–11 shooting performance including 4–5 three-pointer shooting and his 20 points in the third quarter broke Philadelphia guard Hal Greer's record (19), set in 1968. By scoring 24 in a half, Rice surpassed the previous mark of 23, owned by Wilt Chamberlain and Tom Chambers.[7] Rice's performance is listed on the NBA's 57 Memorable All-Star Moments.[8] His performance helped the Eastern Conference win the game, and earned him the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. The Hornets won 54 games, and made it into the 1997 Playoffs where they were swept 3–0 by the New York Knicks in the first round.

Rice would average 22.3 points a game (8th in the league) during the 1997–98 season, finishing second in the league in minutes played and scoring 16 points in the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. The Hornets won 51 games, and in the first round of the 1998 Playoffs they managed to win a playoff series, defeating the Atlanta Hawks before losing to the defending champion Chicago Bulls in the second round. The 1998–99 season would start late and last only 50 games due to a league lockout, and on March 10, 1999, the Hornets traded Rice to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers

In 1999, Rice was again traded in exchange for fan favorite, Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell. The trade did not immediately sit well with Laker fans but Rice was considered the last piece of the puzzle for the Lakers to return to the NBA Finals.[9][10] Rice was leaving a Hornets team in turmoil with many players demanding trades coming out of a 4-month lockout.[11] Coach Cowens had resigned, Anthony Mason was out for the year, Rice was coming back from an elbow injury that he needed to have surgery on, and the owner was in legal trouble.[12] The trade to the Lakers made Rice the third scorer behind Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, a trio that general manager and Laker legend Jerry West envisioned would bring Los Angeles another NBA championship. The Lakers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1999 Playoffs, but Rice averaged 18 points per game.

Prior to the 1999–2000 season the Lakers hired head coach Phil Jackson, who had won 6 NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls teams that featured Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. The Lakers also acquired veterans such as Ron Harper, A.C. Green, as well as Rice's former Miami teammates John Salley and Brian Shaw. Led by the play of O'Neal, who won the MVP award for the season, and the all-star play of Bryant, the Lakers won 67 games for first place in the Western Conference. Rice started in 80 games and averaged 15.9 points as the team's third option with 84 three-point shots for first on the Lakers.

In the 2000 Playoffs, Rice averaged 12.4 points per game while shooting 41 percent from beyond the three-point arc, a career best for the playoffs. The Lakers defeated the Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, and Portland Trail Blazers in the first three rounds of the playoffs en route to advancing to the 2000 Finals to play the Indiana Pacers. In the second game of the Finals, Bryant suffered an ankle injury, and Rice scored 21 points to help the Lakers take a 2–0 lead in the series. Rice would average 11.5 points a game for the series, including 16 points with 3 shots from three-point range in Game 6 as the Lakers defeated the Pacers 4 games to 2 to give Rice his first and only NBA championship.

Although the Lakers had won the championship, a lot of drama had unfolded behind the scenes between Rice, head coach Phil Jackson and GM Jerry West since the time between getting swept by the Spurs and the eventual championship.[13][14] There was a report that Rice was upset when the Lakers exercised a $7-million option for 1999–2000 instead of letting him become a free agent.[15] Shaquille O'Neal, Rice's close friend, believed that Rice was the pure shooter he needed to keep teams from double- and triple-teaming him in the playoffs, and felt partly responsible for bringing Rice to the Lakers (and trading Eddie Jones to do it).[15] In the end, Rice was not able to win the hearts of Los Angeles fans after being traded for fan-favorite Eddie Jones, with many citing suspect defense and Rice's inability to perform in the triangle offense. As a result, the disgruntled Rice was eventually traded to the New York Knicks.

New York Knicks

In New York Rice would take on a sixth-man role on the team and provide the Knicks with well needed support off the bench. In the 2000–01 season he played in 72 games, averaging 12 points-per-game. Rice made 25 starts, averaging 14.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in those games and led the Knicks in scoring 9 times.[16] While Rice's defense is often singled out as the reason for his departure, he actually ranks 145th among all-time NBA players in career steals (958).[17] His tenure with the Knicks lasted only one year, as he was hobbled by a foot injury (plantar fasciitis) and was unable to find a niche in New York behind Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell.[18] After the season in which the Knicks lost in five games to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2001 Playoffs, he would eventually be traded to the Houston Rockets for Shandon Anderson.

Houston Rockets

In Houston Rice joined a young team featuring Steve Francis and Cuttino Mobley and was initially excited about returning to a starting role after be relegated to more of a third-option with both the Lakers and Knicks. Things started slow in Houston as Rice was still on the mend, rehabbing from his foot injury which limited him to just 20 games in the 2001–02 season. The following year, he would manage to play in 62 games including 26 starts to average 9 points a game for a Rockets team that now featured center Yao Ming. Following the 2003 season he would be traded to the Utah Jazz for John Amaechi, but would then sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Los Angeles Clippers and retirement

A knee injury (partially torn tendon) ultimately derailed and eventually brought Rice's career to an end. In his final season with the Clippers he became the 48th player in NBA history to score 18,000 career points. Fittingly, it was on February 18, 2004, against the Lakers, and he would retire after playing just 18 games.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Denotes season in which Rice won an NBA championship
* Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1989–90 Miami 77 60 30.0 .439 .246 .734 4.6 1.8 0.9 0.4 13.6
1990–91 Miami 77 77 34.4 .461 .386 .818 4.9 2.5 1.3 0.3 17.4
1991–92 Miami 79 79 38.1 .469 .391 .836 5.0 2.3 1.1 0.4 22.3
1992–93 Miami 82 82 37.6 .440 .383 .820 5.2 2.2 1.1 0.3 19.0
1993–94 Miami 81 81 37.0 .467 .382 .880 5.4 2.3 1.4 0.4 21.1
1994–95 Miami 82 82 36.8 .475 .410 .855 4.6 2.3 1.4 0.2 22.3
1995–96 Charlotte 79 79 39.8 .471 .424 .837 4.8 2.9 1.2 0.2 21.6
1996–97 Charlotte 79 78 42.6 .477 .470* .867 4.0 2.0 0.9 0.3 26.8
1997–98 Charlotte 82 82 40.2 .457 .433 .849 4.3 2.2 0.9 0.3 22.3
1998–99 L.A. Lakers 27 25 36.5 .432 .393 .856 3.7 2.6 0.6 0.2 17.5
1999–00 L.A. Lakers 80 80 31.6 .430 .367 .874 4.1 2.2 0.6 0.2 15.9
2000–01 New York 75 25 29.5 .440 .389 .852 4.1 1.2 0.5 0.2 12.0
2001–02 Houston 20 20 30.3 .389 .281 .800 2.4 1.6 0.6 0.2 8.6
2002–03 Houston 62 26 24.7 .429 .398 .759 2.5 1.0 0.4 0.1 9.0
2003–04 L.A. Clippers 18 0 14.6 .289 .179 1.000 2.3 1.3 0.3 0.0 3.7
Career 1,000 876 35.0 .456 .400 .846 4.4 2.1 1.0 0.3 18.3
All Star 3 0 18.7 .395 .600 1.000 1.0 1.0 0.7 0.0 16.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1992 Miami 3 3 39.7 .375 .250 .857 3.3 1.7 0.7 0.0 19.0
1994 Miami 5 5 39.0 .382 .304 .750 7.2 2.0 2.2 0.4 13.0
1997 Charlotte 3 3 45.7 .491 .375 .913 3.7 3.7 1.3 0.3 27.7
1998 Charlotte 9 9 41.0 .474 .306 .833 5.7 1.4 0.6 0.3 22.8
1999 L.A. Lakers 7 7 43.9 .446 .357 .966 3.9 1.6 0.7 0.1 18.3
2000 L.A. Lakers 23 23 33.3 .408 .418 .798 4.0 2.1 0.7 0.2 12.4
2001 New York 5 0 28.8 .462 .429 .875 4.4 0.6 0.6 0.2 12.2
Career 55 50 37.0 .433 .362 .845 4.5 1.8 0.8 0.2 16.1

Arrest

On January 11, 2008, Rice was arrested in Miami on suspicion of felony battery. Police say he assaulted a man that he found hiding in his estranged wife's closet. Rice surrendered to police and was released after posting $5,000 bond. Charges were later dropped by the victim J.C.[19]

Personal life

Rice's son, Glen Rice, Jr. (born January 1, 1991), was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 35th overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft.

Rice also has five other children; G'mitri Rice (born April 22, 1992) Brianna Rice (born February 26, 1999) Giancarlo Rice (born August 28, 2001) Giovanni Rice (born February 5, 2004) and Bella Rice (born July 28, 2010).

On April 28, 2016, Rice married his longtime girlfriend and youngest daughter's mother, Tia Santoro, at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami.

Awards

  • NBA champion (2000)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (1997)
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1989)
  • NCAA champion (1989)
  • 3-time All-Star
  • 2-time All-NBA — 1997 second team, 1998 third team
  • NBA Three-Point Shootout champion (1995)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (1990)
  • Retired Jerseys: #41 University of Michigan

See also

References

  1. ^ "Rice claims scoring mark". The New York Times. April 4, 1989. Retrieved February 25, 2007.
  2. ^ "NCAA Tournament Records". Retrieved February 8, 2010.
  3. ^ "Thompson makes cuts". The New York Times. May 23, 1988. Retrieved February 25, 2007.
  4. ^ Holman, Josh (February 21, 2005). "Blue retires Rice's jersey". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved February 25, 2007.
  5. ^ "On the Cover: Glen Rice". CNN. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  6. ^ "Men's Basketball Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on April 18, 2010.
  7. ^ "1997 NBA All-Star Game". Retrieved February 15, 2007.
  8. ^ "57 Memorable All-Star Moments". Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  9. ^ "Ex-Hornet Rice stings his old team". Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  10. ^ "Say it ain't so: Laker transactions that broke our heart". CNN. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  11. ^ "SI Vault: George Shinn should sell the Hornets before he completely ruins them". CNN. March 1, 1999. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  12. ^ "Charlotte Hornets History". Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  13. ^ "The Curious Career of Glen Rice". Retrieved January 15, 2009.
  14. ^ "Rice, Jackson continue war of words". CNN. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  15. ^ a b Kawakami, Tim (December 20, 1999). "Life at the Top Looks Good for Lakers...but Below Surface Rice Issue Is Simmering". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  16. ^ "NBA.COM: Glen Rice Bio". Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  17. ^ "NBA & ABA Career Leaders and Records for Steals". Retrieved February 7, 2010.
  18. ^ "NOTEBOOK; Trading Rice a Knicks Overreaction". The New York Times. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  19. ^ "Former All-Star Glen Rice arrested on battery charge". Retrieved January 11, 2008.

External links

1987–88 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

The 1987–88 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1987–88 season. The team played its home games in the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was a member of the Big Ten Conference. Under the direction of head coach Bill Frieder, the team finished second in the Big Ten Conference. The team earned the number three seed in the 1988 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where it advanced two rounds before losing. The team was ranked all seventeen weeks of the season in the Associated Press Top Twenty Poll where it began the season at number nine, ended at number ten and peaked at number seven. and it also ended the season ranked tenth in the final UPI Coaches' Poll.The team was the national statistical champion in team field goal percentage (54.6%, 1198 of 2196). The team established the current Big Ten Conference records for team single-game assists by twice totaling 37 (vs. Western Michigan December 7, 1987, and vs. Eastern Michigan December 12, 1987) as well as the current team assist record for conference games with 36 (vs. Iowa February 3, 1988). The team also established Big Ten team records for single-season field goals made (1198), and single-season assists (694, 1987–88) that it would surpass the following season. It also set the single-game (conference games only) three-point field goal percentage record that would only last one night (.875, 7 of 8, vs. Iowa February 3, 1988).Glen Rice was the conference scoring champion with a 22.9 points per game average in conference games, while Gary Grant led the conference in both steals and assists with 2.72 and 6.5 averages, respectively in conference games. Grant served as team captain and shared team MVP with Rice. Grant earned consensus All-American recognition.The team set a new school record by totaling 2973 points over the course of the season, surpassing the record of 2821 set the prior year. The record would be rebroken the following season. Loy Vaught also set the Michigan single field goal percentage record at 62.18% which he would break the following season. For the fourth of five consecutive seasons, the team set the school record for single-season field goal percentage on with a 54.6% (1198-for-2196) performance. Grant set the individual single-season three-point field goal percentage record of 48.53%, but it was eclipsed the following season by Glen Rice. Also against Iowa on February 3, the team set the current three-point field goal single game percentage record by making 7 of its eight attempts, surpassing the December 6, 1986, record of 75%. Gary Grant's established the current school record when his single-season total of 234 assists surpassed his own school record total of 185 that he set two years earlier. His 731 career assists also established the current school record, surpassing Antoine Joubert's 539 set the prior season. He also surpassed Dave Baxter's school single season average set in 1978 of 6.59 with the current record of 6.88 assists per game and Eric Turner's 1984 career average of 5.00 per game with a 5.67 average that was surpassed in 1990 by Rumeal Robinson. For the second of three consecutive seasons, the team set the school single-season total assist record with a total of 694, surpassing the prior total of 652. Grant's current school record total 14 assists in a game on December 7, 1987, against Western Michigan and he repeated the feat on December 19 against Northern Michigan. This surpassed Mark Bodnar and Antoine Joubert, who had each posted 13 assists in a game previously. Grant's career steals total of 300 and average of 2.33 surpassed Thad Garner's 1982 statistics and remain school records. Gary Grant career total of 4231 minutes surpassed Joubert's school record total of 3960 set the prior year. Louis Bullock would break the record in 1999. Gary Grant ended his career with 129 games played and 128 games started, which surpassed Joubert's 1987 school records of 127 games and 115 starts. Glen Rice and Louis Bullock would surpass these records for games and starts in 1989 and 1999, respectively.In the 64-team NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, number three seeded Michigan advanced two rounds by defeating the fourteen-seeded Boise State Broncos 63–58 and the six-seeded Florida Gators 108–85. In the third round the team was defeated by two-seeded North Carolina 78–69.

1988–89 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

The 1988–89 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1988–89 season. The head coach was Bill Frieder, who was dismissed before the 1989 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and replaced by assistant Steve Fisher. They played their home games at Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan as members of the Big Ten Conference. They finished the season 30–7, 12–6 in Big Ten play to finish in third place. The Wolverines received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed in the Southeast region. They defeated Xavier and South Alabama to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. In the Sweet Sixteen, they defeated No. 5-ranked North Carolina and Virginia to advance to the Final Four. In the Final Four, they defeated fellow Big Ten member and No. 3-ranked Illinois to advance to the National Championship game. There they defeated No. 11 Seton Hall in overtime to win the school's first and, to date, only National Championship.

1989 NBA draft

The 1989 NBA draft took place on June 27, 1989, in New York City, New York, USA. Despite eight of the top ten picks being considered busts, including the first two picks Pervis Ellison and Danny Ferry, the draft did produce a lot of talented players such as Shawn Kemp, Glen Rice, Sean Elliott, Nick Anderson, Dana Barros, Tim Hardaway, Vlade Divac, Cliff Robinson, B. J. Armstrong and Mookie Blaylock, The draft was reduced from three rounds in the previous year to the two-round format that is still in use to the present day. As a result, NBA drafts from this season until 1995 produced the lowest number of total draft picks selected at 54 overall selections.

This was also the first draft televised prime time on national television.

1989 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The Consensus 1989 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1996–97 Charlotte Hornets season

The 1996–97 NBA season was the 9th season for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Hornets acquired Anthony Mason from the New York Knicks, and Vlade Divac from the Los Angeles Lakers. Under new head coach Dave Cowens, the new-look Hornets played better than expected: Divac and Matt Geiger provided the best center combo in the league, Mason averaged a double-double and earned All-NBA Third Team honors, and Glen Rice had the finest season of his career, finishing third in the league in scoring with a career high of 26.8 points per game, and earning All-NBA Second Team honors. Rice also set several scoring records in the 1997 NBA All-Star Game, and was selected the game's MVP. At midseason, the Hornets traded Scott Burrell to the Golden State Warriors while acquiring Ricky Pierce from the Denver Nuggets. The Hornets went on a nine-game winning streak in April, and finished fourth in the Central Division with a franchise best record at 54–28, making it back to the playoffs after a one-year absence.

In the first round of the playoffs, they were swept by the New York Knicks in three straight games. The Hornets led the NBA in attendance for the eighth and final time during their history in Charlotte. They also had the best three-point percentage in NBA history shooting 42.8% from beyond the arch. Following the season, Pierce re-signed as a free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks.

1996–97 NBA season

The 1996–97 NBA season was the 51st season of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The league used this season to mark its 50th anniversary, which included the unveiling of the league's list of its 50 greatest players. This particular season featured what has since been acknowledged as one of the most talented rookie-classes, featuring the debuts of Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jermaine O'Neal, Ben Wallace and Stephon Marbury. The season ended with the Chicago Bulls defeating the Utah Jazz 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals to win the franchise's 5th championship.

1997 NBA All-Star Game

The 1997 NBA All-Star Game was the 47th edition of the All-Star Game and commemorated the 50th anniversary of NBA. The game was played on February 9, 1997, at Gund Arena (now known as Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse) in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. The winner of the MVP award was Glen Rice of the Charlotte Hornets who played 25 minutes and scored 26 points while breaking two records in the process, 20 points in the third quarter and 24 points in the second half. Rice's 20 points in the period broke Hal Greer's record (19), set in 1968. Rice's 24 points in a half surpassed the previous mark of 23, owned by Wilt Chamberlain and Tom Chambers. Michael Jordan's 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists were the first and, until the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, the only triple-double in NBA All-Star Game history (LeBron James (2011), Dwyane Wade (2012), and Kevin Durant (2017) have also achieved this). Five players (Charles Barkley, Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Clyde Drexler, Shaquille O'Neal) who were voted or selected for the team opted out due to injury, opening the doors for the annually neglected and the new stars—Joe Dumars, Detlef Schrempf, Chris Webber, Chris Gatling and 20-year-old second-year man Kevin Garnett took their spots.

For this NBA All-Star Game, and the next four games that were played (1998, 2000–02), no special uniforms were issued, and the players simply wore the uniforms from their respective teams, an approach that is used by Major League Baseball for its All-Star Game.

The halftime show featured a ceremony honoring the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Of the 50 players named, three were not present: Pete Maravich (who died in 1988), Shaquille O'Neal (who was recovering from a knee injury), and Jerry West (who was having surgery for an ear infection).

1997–98 Charlotte Hornets season

The 1997–98 NBA season was the tenth season for the Charlotte Hornets in the National Basketball Association. During the offseason, the Hornets signed free agents David Wesley and Bobby Phills, while re-signing former Hornets forward J.R. Reid. Early into the season, they traded Muggsy Bogues to the Golden State Warriors for B.J. Armstrong. The Hornets had another stellar season posting a ten-game winning streak between February and March, as they finished the season third in the Central Division with a 51–31 record, and qualified for their fourth playoff appearance. Glen Rice led them with 22.3 points per game, and was selected for the 1998 NBA All-Star Game. In the playoffs, they defeated the Atlanta Hawks 3–1 in the first round, but were eliminated 1–4 by the eventual NBA champion Chicago Bulls in the Conference Semifinals, despite winning Game 2 at the United Center 78–76.

The Hornets finished second the NBA in attendance for the season. On November 25, 1997, the team's sellout streak would end at 364 consecutive games (371 including post-season contests); This was the second longest active sell-out streak at the time, behind the Chicago Bulls' 465. Following the season, Vlade Divac signed as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings, Matt Geiger signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, and long-time original Hornet Dell Curry signed with the Milwaukee Bucks.

2003–04 Los Angeles Clippers season

The 2003–04 NBA season was the Clippers' 34th season in the National Basketball Association, and their 20th season in Los Angeles. During the offseason, the Clippers signed free agents Bobby Simmons and former All-Star forward Glen Rice. However, after 18 games, Rice was released. With the Clippers starting from scratch again as they celebrated their 20th season in L.A., they hired Mike Dunleavy, Sr. as their new head coach. Under Dunleavy, the Clippers played slightly around .500 with a 22–25 start as of February 6. However, after co-hosting the 2004 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center with the Lakers, the young Clippers struggled badly as they won just six games, and posted a 13-game losing streak near the end of the season. The Clippers would slowly sink down the standings, coming to rest once again at the bottom of the Pacific Division with a 28–54 record. Following the season, Quentin Richardson signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns.

2014 NBA Summer League

The 2014 NBA Summer League consists of two pro basketball leagues organized by the NBA and the Orlando Magic just after the 2014 NBA Draft. Ten teams took part in the week-long summer league at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, from July 5 to 11, 2014. The other summer league was the Las Vegas NBA Summer League, having taken place at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Paradise, Nevada (near Las Vegas) from July 11 to 21, 2014, with 23 NBA teams and the NBA D-League Select team participating. The Houston Rockets, Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers participated in both leagues.

The Philadelphia 76ers won the Orlando Pro Summer League Championship by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies in the title game, 91–75. Elfrid Payton was named the league's most valuable player.The Sacramento Kings won the Las Vegas NBA Summer League Championship by defeating the Houston Rockets in the title game, 77–68. Glen Rice, Jr. of the Washington Wizards was named the league's most valuable player. Ray McCallum of the Kings was named the most valuable player of the championship game.

2016–17 TNT KaTropa season

The 2016–17 TNT KaTropa season was the 27th season of the franchise in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

2017–18 Israeli Basketball Premier League

The 2017–18 Israeli Basketball Premier League, for sponsorship reasons Ligat Winner, was the 64th season of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. Hapoel Jerusalem is the defending champion.

2017–18 Israeli Basketball State Cup

The 2017–18 Israeli Basketball State Cup was the 58th edition of the Israeli Basketball State Cup, organized by the Israel Basketball Association.

The Final Four of the tournament was held from February 12–15 in the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv.

Hapoel Holon won its second State Cup title after an 86–84 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Final. Glen Rice Jr. was named Final MVP

Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Hornets compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA), as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team is largely owned by retired NBA player Michael Jordan, who acquired controlling interest in the team in 2010. The Hornets play their home games at the Spectrum Center in Uptown Charlotte.

The original Hornets franchise was established in 1988 as an expansion team, owned by George Shinn. In 2002, Shinn's franchise relocated to New Orleans and became the New Orleans Hornets. In 2004, the NBA established the Charlotte Bobcats, which was regarded as a new expansion team at the time. In 2013, the New Orleans' franchise announced it would rebrand itself the New Orleans Pelicans, ultimately returning the Hornets name, records, and official history (spanning from 1988 to 2002) to Charlotte. The Bobcats were officially renamed the Charlotte Hornets for the 2014–15 season.

Charlotte Hornets accomplishments and records

This is a list of the accomplishments and records of the current Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets, known from their creation in 2004 until May 2014 as the Charlotte Bobcats, are an American professional basketball team currently playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

The current Hornets are the second NBA team to have played under that name. The original Hornets played in Charlotte from 1988 until moving to New Orleans in 2002; since 2013, they have been known as the New Orleans Pelicans.

Glen Rice Jr.

Glen Anthony Rice Jr. (born January 1, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2013 NBA draft, but he was traded on draft night to the Wizards. He formerly played college basketball for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets basketball team but was dismissed from the team during his junior season for the 2011–12 Yellow Jackets team and went pro the following season, playing a year for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League (D-League). He led the Vipers to a D-League championship in 2013. As a professional, Rice has developed a reputation as a dunker, earning an invitation to the D-League slam dunk contest and then earning two slam dunk of the day recognitions in the 2013 NBA Summer League. He was MVP of the 2014 NBA Summer League and the 2018 Israeli State Cup.

In high school, Rice was the Cobb County, Georgia player of the year as a junior at George Walton Comprehensive High School and an All-State selection as both a junior and senior. He joined a highly recruited class at Georgia Tech. He is the son of NBA All-Star, NBA and NCAA Champion Glen Rice.

List of Michigan Wolverines men's basketball seasons

This is a list of seasons completed by the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team. The team played its first game in January 1909. Michigan's highest scoring team measured in points per game was the 1965–66 team led by Cazzie Russell, which averaged 91.9 points per game. The program's only national championship was won by the 1988–89 team led by Glen Rice which averaged 91.7 points per game.

Michigan Wolverines men's basketball

The Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball program representing the University of Michigan. The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The Wolverines play home basketball games at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan has won one NCAA Championship as well as two National Invitation Tournaments (NIT), fourteen Big Ten Conference titles and two Big Ten Tournament titles. In addition, it has won an NIT title and a Big Ten Tournament that were vacated due to NCAA sanctions. The team is coached by Juwan Howard.

Michigan has had 31 All-Americans, selected 44 times. Eight of these have been consensus All-Americans, which are Cazzie Russell (two times), Rickey Green, Gary Grant, Chris Webber, Trey Burke, as well as Harry Kipke, Richard Doyle and Bennie Oosterbaan (two-times) who were retroactively selected by the Helms Foundation. Twelve All-Americans have been at least two-time honorees. Russell was the only three-time All-American.Michigan basketball players have been successful in professional basketball. Fifty-eight have been drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA); twenty-six of those were first round draft picks, including both Cazzie Russell and Chris Webber who were drafted first overall. The 1990 NBA draft in which Rumeal Robinson was selected 10th, Loy Vaught was selected 13th, and Terry Mills was selected 16th made Michigan the third of only ten schools that have ever had three or more players selected in the first round of the same draft. Five players have gone on to become NBA champions for a total of nine times and eight players have become NBA All-Stars a total of 18 times. Rudy Tomjanovich coached both the 1994 and 1995 NBA Finals Champions. Glen Rice is one of only nine basketball players to have won a state high school championship, NCAA title and NBA championship.During the 1990s Michigan endured an NCAA violations scandal, described as involving one of the largest amounts of illicit money in NCAA history, when Ed Martin loaned four players a reported total of $616,000. Due to NCAA sanctions, records from the 1992 Final Four, the 1992–93 season, and 1995–99 seasons have been vacated. Throughout this article asterisks denote awards, records and honors that have been vacated.

Three-Point Contest

The Three-Point Contest (officially named the Mtn Dew Three-Point Contest and previously named the Three-Point Shootout) is a National Basketball Association (NBA) contest held on the Saturday before the annual All-Star Game as part of All-Star Weekend.

The 2019 iteration of the contest involved ten participants. From its introduction in 1986 to 2002, and then in 2017 and 2018, eight participants were selected to participate in each season's shootout. Between 2003 and 2016, the contest was open to just six competitors. Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets is the most recent winner of the event which was held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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