Former Slam Dunk Champ Isaiah Rider Signing Autographs (Video)
Above is iFolloSports.com original video of former NBA slam dunk champion Isaiah Rider signing autographs, Wednesday evening, at a Twin Cities Fan HQ Sports Apparel and Collectibles store.
During his return trip to Minnesota, Rider also made multiple radio appearances and attended the Timberwolves final regular season home game.
The Timberwolves selected the UNLV alum with the fifth pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. The highlight of Rider's rookie year involved winning the 1994 dunk contest, which was held in the Timberwolves home arena of Target Center.
All told, the Oakland native played nine NBA seasons, averaging 16.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Rider wound up playing for five teams, amid winning an NBA title with the 2001 Lakers.
After many years of questionable behavior and run-ins with the law, including a 2007 imprisonment for cocaine possession, the now 46-year-old appears to have righted in the ship.
In 2012, Rider founded a charitable organization called the Sky Rider Foundation. The organization’s mission involves providing assistance to underprivileged kids that want to participate in basketball and other extracurricular activities.