OAKLAND, Calif. – The Wizards have recalled rookie swingman Glen Rice Jr. after an impressive three-game stint in the NBA Development League with the Iowa Energy. He joined the team on Tuesday in Oakland, Calif., but will be inactive when the Wizards take on the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.
Rice was sent down the D-League for a rehabilitation assignment while recovering from a broken right wrist. Based on his production, Rice’s wrist appears to be fine as he averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and two steals.
“It was a situation, live action, get his timing, get his wind back and I thought he went out and did the things he was capable of doing,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “I thought it was good for him. Obviously, it’s a situation that we need to take advantage of, with him being out, the amount of time that he was out. This stretch in January that we faced, we didn’t have a lot of practice time.”
The Wizards didn’t plan on having Rice in Iowa for long but weren’t going to be able to give him enough repetition in games or practices to test the injury. Rice had 16 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and four steals last Thursday in his first taste of live action since having surgery to repair a fractured wrist on Dec. 17.
And in a night-day back-to-back against the Erie Bayhawks over the weekend, Rice had two dominant performances. He had 28 points on 11-of-21 shooting, 13 rebounds and three blocks in a 106-96 victory on Saturday and 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting, seven rebounds, two blocks and two steals in a 111-110 loss.
Rice’s gaudy numbers in the D-League don’t mean that he will suddenly become a part of Coach Randy Wittman’s rotation. Barring an injury or ailment, his role will probably remain the same. Rice is averaging 2.9 points in 11 games, including one start, with the Wizards this season.