J. R. Reid

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Herman "J. R." Reid Jr. (born March 31, 1968) is a retired American professional basketball player for several NBA teams. He is currently an assistant coach at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.

J. R. Reid
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Reid poses with fans in Malaysia in 2019
Monmouth Hawks
PositionAssistant coach
LeagueMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Personal information
Born (1968-03-31) March 31, 1968 (age 51)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight247 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High schoolKempsville (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
CollegeNorth Carolina (1986–1989)
NBA draft1989 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career1989–2003
PositionPower forward
Number34, 7, 11, 31
Coaching career2011–present
Career history
As player:
19891992Charlotte Hornets
19921996San Antonio Spurs
1996New York Knicks
1996–1997Paris Basket Racing
19971999Charlotte Hornets
1999Los Angeles Lakers
1999–2000Milwaukee Bucks
2000–2001Cleveland Cavaliers
2002–2003Baloncesto León
As coach:
2011–?Patrick Henry CC (assistant)
2018–presentMonmouth (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points5,680 (8.5 ppg)
Rebounds3,381 (5.0 rpg)
Assists639 (1.5 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

The 6-foot 9-inch, 247-pound (2.06 m, 112 kg) Reid was born and raised in Virginia Beach. His father, Herman Reid Sr., was a football player in the 1960s with the Baltimore Colts. JR played football himself in his early years as a defensive player ("I love to hit. I love the contact. I was good at it," he said) and his gridiron skills even caught the attention of Virginia Tech, but he decided to stick with playing basketball.[1]

Reid starred at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, being named the 1986 Gatorade and USA Today player of the year. He was ranked #1 by Bob Gibbons of All-Star Sports, and certified his reputation by getting 29 points in the Capital Classic, and 23 points in the McDonald's Game, being MVP of both games. One of the most highly recruited players of his time, he went on to become a top pro prospect, playing college basketball at the University of North Carolina.

He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in the first round (5th overall) of the 1989 NBA draft. On February 25, 1996, in a game against the Phoenix Suns, A. C. Green mentioned an incident at a New York City club before Reid hit him with a vicious right elbow in the mouth during the fourth quarter of the game, knocking out two of Green's teeth. Reid was suspended for two games and fined $10,000 for intentionally throwing an elbow and knocking out two of Green's teeth.[2]

After his NBA career, he competed to become an analyst on the former ESPN TV show Dream Job, but lost. In 2011, he was named an assistant coach for Patrick Henry Community College.[3] He was hired as an assistant to former UNC teammate King Rice in 2018.[4]



  1. ^ J.R. Reid Gets Back To His Roots, Eyes Future
  2. ^ J.R. Reid Fined And Suspended
  3. ^ Patrick Henry CC adds J.R. Reid to Staff
  4. ^ "JR Reid named Monmouth basketball assistant coach". Monmouth Hawks. August 28, 2018. Retrieved September 1, 2018.

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