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TNT to test young Rice as import

MANILA, Philippines - NBA legend Glen Rice’s son Glen Jr. arrived in Manila early yesterday morning and will be tested by TNT KaTropa as a possible import replacement for Michael Craig in the PBA Governors Cup. If TNT takes a chance on Rice, Craig could be placed on the reserve list to keep the option of reactivation open. Craig’s contract with TNT expires on Aug. 20.

A TNT team official said nothing is final on the import situation which will still be sorted out. Rice’s arrival is more like an insurance policy. “We will assess Rice’s condition,” said the official. Another team official confirmed that TNT is exploring different options before a decision is made.

Glen Rice Jr.
Rice, 26, played in 16 games with the Washington Wizards over two NBA seasons, averaging 2.7 points. He was the Philadelphia 76ers second round pick in the 2013 NBA draft and has suited up as an import in El Salvador and Mexico. In 2014, Rice was the NBA Summer League MVP.

Rice saw action in three seasons with the Georgia Tech varsity, raising his scoring clip every year from 5.4 to 12.8 to 13 until his dismissal. In the course of his collegiate career, Rice was suspended thrice, once for involvement in a shooting incident in an Atlanta nightclub. He was also canned for unloading a firearm while driving under the influence of alcohol. In 2015, Rice was shot in the leg during an altercation in Atlanta and was arrested for reckless conduct and possession of 240.4 grams of marijuana. Last February, he was locked up for punching a bouncer in a Miami nightclub.

While his off-the-court misadventures were a taint on his image, his reputation as a basketball player is solid. This season, Rice averaged 24.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.3 steals in 51 games with Halcones de Ciudad Obregon in the Mexican league.

Craig, 26, is the conference’s shortest import at 6-2 3/4. With Craig in harness, TNT has registered a 2-1 record. In TNT’s 97-91 loss to San Miguel Beer, Craig was held to 16 points.

Author: Joaquin Henson
Full Article: http://www.philstar.com/sports/2017/08/10/1727386/tnt-test-young-rice-import

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