Glen Anthony Rice, Sr. (born May 28, 1967) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the 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. As a player, Rice won an NCAA Men's Division I basketball championship and an NBA championship. Rice has won both the NBA All-Star Game MVP and the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player awards. In recent years, Rice has taken up MMA fight promotion as owner and head of G-Force Fights, based out of Miami, Florida.
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. 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 was cut before reaching the group of 48. On February 20, 2005, Rice's No. 41 jersey was retired during a ceremony at Michigan's Crisler Arena. Rice made the cover of Sports Illustrated on April 10, 1989.
Rice continues to rank among Michigan's all-time leaders in several statistical categories, including:
- 1st in 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 (1,002)
- 2nd in career field goal attempts (2,078)
- 2nd in single season three-point field goals made (99 in the 1988-89 season)
Rice started his senior season as a projected mid-first-round selection, but his stock rose to the point where he was selected #4 overall in the 1989 NBA Draft due to his record-breaking performance in the NCAA Tournament. The Miami Heat, an expansion team in the NBA along with the Charlotte Hornets, 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.
Rice averaged 13.6 points per game his rookie season and bumped that up to 20 ppg for his remaining five seasons in Miami, which included two trips to the playoffs. Rice became the Heat's first bona fide star and led Miami to its first playoff series against the Bulls. Rice was the first Heat player to average 20+ points per game in a season (1991–1992). Unfortunately, the Heat were unable to win a playoff series during Rice's tenure, losing a hard fought series against the Atlanta Hawks 3-2.
Rice played in 1000 games in the NBA from 1989-2004. He was a three-time All-Star who finished with career averages of 18.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 1,000 regular-season games with the Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. He finished with 18,336 career points. Rice peaked as a member of the Charlotte Hornets in the 1996-1997 season when he was third in the league in scoring, behind only Michael Jordan and Karl Malone, averaging 26.8 points per game. Rice played in 55 career playoff games, averaging 16.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. He averaged 16.3 points in three All-Star games.
Following his 1999 trade to the Lakers, Rice started 80 games in the 1999-2000 season and was third on the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game. Led by Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, the Lakers achieved the league's best record with 67 wins. In the playoffs, Rice started all 23 games and averaged 12.4 points per game while shooting 41 percent from beyond the three point arc, a career best for the playoffs. The Lakers would go on to defeat the Sacramento Kings, the Phoenix Suns, and the Portland Trail Blazers before facing the Indiana Pacers in the NBA Finals. The Lakers defeated the Pacers 4 games to 2, and Rice won his first and only NBA championship.
Rice was named MVP of the 1997 All-Star game, which was commemorating the 50th anniversary of NBA. In the game, he set individual All-Star game records of 20 points in the third quarter and 24 points in the second half. Rice's record-breaking period consisted of 8-of-11 field goals, including four three pointers in just five tries. Rice’s 20 points in the period 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. Rice's performance is listed on the NBA's 57 Memorable All-Star Moments.
Rice scored a career-high 56 points on April 15, 1995 while playing for the Heat in a nationally-televised game against Shaquille O'Neal and the Orlando Magic. Rice hit 20 of 27 shots from the floor, including 7 of 8 from the 3-point line. The 56 points were an NBA season-high for the 1994-95 season.
Rice remains the Hornets' all-time leader in scoring average with 23.5 points per game.
Despite only playing 79 of 82 games, he led the NBA in minutes played in 1997 (3362). That same season he led the league in 3-point field goal percentage (47.0%).
Days before the start of the 1995-96 NBA 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. It was a trade that worked out for both teams. Mourning quickly established himself as an All-Star in Miami and Rice would make the first of three consecutive All-Star Game appearances, including in 1996-97 where he would be named the NBA All-Star Game MVP.
In 1999, Rice was again traded along with J.R. Reid, this time to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for fan favorite, Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell. The trade didn't 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. Rice was leaving a Hornets team in turmoil with many players demanding trades coming out of a 4 month lockout. 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.
The trade to the Lakers made Rice the third scorer behind Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, a trio that Jerry West envisioned would bring Los Angeles another NBA championship. The Lakers were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1999 NBA playoffs, but Rice averaged 18 points per game. A year later, the Lakers would go on to win the 2000 NBA championship over the Indiana Pacers with Rice playing a key role in the scoring trio.
Although the Lakers had won the championship, a lot of drama had unfolded behind the scenes between Rice, Phil Jackson (head coach), and Jerry West (GM) of the Los Angeles Lakers in the time between getting swept by the Spurs and the eventual championship. 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. 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). In the end, Rice wasn't 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.
A disgruntled Rice was eventually traded to the New York Knicks, where he would take on a sixth-man role on the team and provide the Knicks with well needed support off the bench. The Lakers had addressed a pressing need at power forward by signing and trading Rice to the Knicks. For New York, Rice 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. 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).
Rice's 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. He was later traded to the Houston Rockets, where he joined their starting frontcourt. Rice was 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. A knee injury (partially torn tendon) derailed and eventually brought his career to an end. Rice's final stop would be with the Los Angeles Clippers. In his final season, he became the 48th player in NBA history to score 18,000 career points. Fittingly, it was on February 18 against the Lakers.
On January 11, 2008, Rice was arrested in Miami, Florida 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.
- Selected by Miami Heat in 1st round (4th overall) of 1989 NBA Draft.
- Traded by Miami with Matt Geiger, Khalid Reeves and 1996 1st-round pick to Charlotte Hornets for LeRon Ellis, Alonzo Mourning and Pete Myers on November 3, 1995.
- Traded by Charlotte with B.J. Armstrong and J.R. Reid to Los Angeles Lakers for Elden Campbell and Eddie Jones on March 10, 1999.
- Traded by Lakers with Travis Knight and conditional 2001 1st-round pick to New York Knicks as part of four-team deal on September 20, 2000 (Lakers received Emanual Davis, Greg Foster, Horace Grant and Chuck Person from Seattle SuperSonics; New York also received Luc Longley and two 2nd-round picks from Phoenix Suns and Lazaro Borrell, Vernon Maxwell, Vladimir Stepania and conditional 2001 1st-round pick from Seattle; Phoenix received Chris Dudley, conditional 2001 1st-round pick and cash from New York; Seattle received Patrick Ewing from New York).
- Traded by New York to Houston Rockets as part of three-team deal on August 17, 2001 (Dallas Mavericks received Muggsy Bogues from New York; Houston also received draft rights to Kyle Hill and future considerations from Dallas; New York received Shandon Anderson from Houston and Howard Eisley from Dallas).
- Traded by Houston with draft considerations and cash to Utah Jazz for John Amaechi and future 2nd-round pick on September 30, 2003.
- Waived by Utah on October 3, 2003.
- Signed as free agent by Los Angeles Clippers on October 10, 2003.
- Waived by Clippers on January 13, 2004.
- NBA champion (2000)
- NBA All-Star game MVP Award (1997)
- NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1989)
- NCAA champion (1989); University of Michigan
- 3-time All-Star
- 2-time All-NBA — 1997 second team, 1998 third team
- NBA Three-Point Shootout champion (1995)
- All Rookie NBA — (1990)
- Retired Jerseys: #41 University of Michigan
- NBA leader in three-point field goal percentage: 1997
- NBA leader in minutes played: 1997
- NBA leader in games played: 1995, 1998
- 11th all time in three pointers made
- NCAA national championship - University of Michigan: 1989
- NBA championship - Los Angeles Lakers: 1999-2000
- List of National Basketball Association players with 1000 games played
- List of National Basketball Association career 3-point scoring leaders
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