J.R. Reid ready to plant the seed and become full-time basketball coach

Posted by Andy Durham on June 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm under College, High School, Professional | Comments are off for this article

from Ken Tysiac Charlotte Observer Above the Rim Blog Spot:

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The relaxed pace of retirement has been enjoyable for J.R. Reid, but there’s only so much fishing and watching television that he can do.

Reid, 42, a former North Carolina and Charlotte Hornets player, recently called Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown to ask how he might get involved in coaching.

Brown advised Reid, whose 12-year, six-team NBA career ended in 2001, to get in touch with the NBA Players Association and enter its coaching internship program. Starting Wednesday and continuing through Saturday, Reid worked at the NBPA’s top-100camp at the University of Virginia, helping a team that included some of the top high school players in the nation.

Former North Carolina guard Jerry Stackhouse and ex-Duke point guard Chris Duhon are among the players with North Carolina ties coaching at the camp. Theo Ratliff, an NBA free agent who played for the Charlotte Bobcats last season, also participated.

“I’m getting a little antsy,” Reid said in his booming, baritone voice. “I like to give back. We’re getting the competitive juices flowing again, working with kids, teaching. Now I just want to take it to the next level.”

Coaching is in Reid’s blood. He said his father, the late Herman Reid, coached at Princess Anne Middle School in Virginia Beach, where his players included David Robinson and Plaxico Burress before they went on to careers in the NBA and NFL, respectively.

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