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J.R. Reid, a former consensus first-team All-American at UNC, is interested in possibly serving as an assistant coach on the men’s basketball team at Patrick Henry Community College. Reid played 11 seasons in the NBA. (Bulletin photo by Johnny Buck)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

By JOHNNY BUCK - Bulletin Sports Editor

J.R. Reid, a former All-American basketball player at the University of North Carolina and an 11-year NBA veteran, is exploring an opportunity to join the men's basketball coaching staff at Patrick Henry Community College.

Reid, who played at UNC before being selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the fifth overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft, attended Saturday's game between PHCC and Wytheville Community College at Stone Hall.

Reid is currently an unpaid volunteer assistant for the men's team at Chowan College in Murfeesboro, N.C. He first contacted PHCC when the school posted a job ad this summer for an assistant coaching position and had numerous conversations with Patriot Athletic Director Chris Parker.

"Chris was always on the phone with me this summer, and it was nice to be wanted," said Reid. "He's always said I had the opportunity if I wanted to come up, so I came up to view a game. They brought me in and kept me at the hotel, and we've had a great time. I just want to get an opportunity to get my feet wet in coaching, no matter what level it is."�

The 6-foot-9 Reid was considered the top high school basketball player in the country when he graduated in 1986 from Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach. He was named the MVP of the McDonald's All-American Game as well as the Capital Classic, both high school all-star events for rising college freshmen.

While playing for legendary UNC coach Dean Smith, Reid was named the ACC Rookie of the Year in 1987, the 1989 ACC Tournament MVP and a consensus first-team All-American the same season. He remains one of just three Tar Heels to be named to the All-NCAA Tournament team three times, and he shot .601 from the floor for his career, good for fifth in program history.

His jersey hangs in the rafters of the Dean E. Smith Center.

Reid was also a member of the Gold-medal winning U.S. Basketball team in the Seoul Olympics of 1988.

He played for six NBA teams and earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors in 1990. He also spent two years playing professional basketball overseas.

A father of three, Reid still owns a home in San Antonio, where he played for the Spurs from 1992-96. He is planning to relocate to the East Coast, however.

Reid said Chowan College is searching for a way to keep him at the school as a paid assistant. A communications major at UNC, he also auditioned recently as a broadcaster for Raycom's ACC Digital Network.

That being said, the coach's son would prefer to find full-time work on the hardwood.

Though PHCC doesn't have room in its athletic budget to add another paid coaching position, Parker is actively exploring other income opportunities for Reid.

"We've talked to a few local businesses that could possibly give him a day-to-day job to pay the bills," said Parker. "And then we're hoping we can possibly work out some speeches that could funnel some money into the athletic deptartment, and give him some money at the same time."�

Reid said PHCC would be an attractive option in large part because it's a member of the National Junior College Athletics Association.

"The junior college level, to know that these kids are hungry and they want to learn (is important)," he said. "They want to get better, aspiring for more. I've got a lot of knowledge, mostly just from being around great coaches. I've played for some great ones: coach Smith, John Thompson in the Olympics. I've had the chance to really just absorb a lot of knowledge, and now I want to give it back to these young guys."

PHCC coach Kenny Wade said he would love to add Reid to his staff, which currently features one paid assistant coach and two volunteer coaches.

"He's played the game at the highest level, and his experience would only help these younger guys," said Wade. "It would help them mature a little bit, and bring a whole 'nother set of eyes that would help these guys."�

Reid met with Wade prior to Saturday's game and came away with the feeling that PHCC - and the Martinsville-Henry County area - could be a good fit.

"I love the area. I love the weather. The mountains are beautiful, and the basketball here is pretty good, as well," he said.

 

 
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