Isaiah Rider DEMANDS his props ... telling TMZ Sports he REVOLUTIONIZED dunk contests forever when he pulled off the first ever between-the-legs jam ... and now, it's impossible to win without… READ MORE >
Isaiah Rider, Jr., nicknamed J.R. (born March 12, 1971), is an American former professional basketball player. Rider was born in Oakland, California, and was raised in nearby Alameda. He starred in both baseball and basketball at Encinal High School before going on to a college career with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and a professional career in the National Basketball Association. The 6'5" (1.96 m) Rider attended two junior colleges, Allen County Community College in Iola, Kansas, and Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California, before finding a home at UNLV, where he garnered 2nd-Team All-American honors as a senior. Rider started his NBA career strong, finishing the 1993-94 season as a member of the NBA's All-Rookie First Team. His play, however, slipped over the following two seasons, and he began a pattern of off-court misbehavior.
If someone's gonna posterize your ass on national TV ... it might as well be a former slam dunk champ coming off an assist from Ken Griffey Jr., so says Bill Bellamy, who actually speaks from… READ MORE >
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… READ MORE >