Former UNLV, NBA star Rider arrested in California for firearm possession, grand theft

Former NBA and UNLV star Isaiah Rider was in custody Sunday on outstanding arrest warrants after Berkeley, Calif., police responded to a report of a disturbance between a taxi driver and a passenger.

Officers arrived on the scene to find the passenger was Rider. They arrested him on a no-bail warrant issued by Oakland police for unlawful firearm possession and another warrant for grand theft.

Berkeley police say the basketball player, who retired in 2002, is in custody at the city’s jail.

Rider, 36, has a history of arrests, including a 2006 Marin County case in which he pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and battery.

Rider starred at Alameda’s Encinal High and UNLV before the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted him fifth overall in 1993.

WARRIORS — Center DJ Mbenga was waived after 16 games with the team.

Golden State also recalled center Kosta Perovic from its minor league affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif.

Mbenga, a former Dallas reserve, signed with Golden State on Nov. 17. He averaged 1.2 points and 1.9 rebounds with the Warriors but was cut before Thursday, when his contract would have become a guaranteed deal for the rest of the season.

Perovic was assigned to Bakersfield on the same day Golden State signed Mbenga. The Serbian center was the 38th pick in the 2006 draft but hasn’t played with the Warriors.

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