Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sugar lands in Canada

Posted By on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Former Griz basketball great Michael Ray "Sugar" Richardson has hit the headlines again. This time, though, the news is good.

He's been named the head coach of the London Lightning franchise in the new National Basketball League of Canada. It's Richardson's latest stop in a career that's seen him banned from the NBA for substance abuse (he was later reinstated), star as a player in European leagues, and coach throughout basketball's backwaters for years. His last stop was in Oklahoma, where he won three straight championships and was robbed of a fourth.

Richardson was also recently profiled by Michael Weinreb for ESPN's new site for serious, long-form sports journalism, Grantland. The in-depth piece chronicles Richardson's troubled past and his current struggle to reach the NBA as a coach.

"Right now, I'm pretty happy," Richardson tells Weinreb. "I mean, is there some things that I would do different if I could? Yeah. But I can't worry about it now. It's over. It's done."

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