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Alexander: For Reynolds, a battle beyond basketball

By in Press Enterprise on November 5, 2017

By Jim Alexander

RIVERSIDE — Larry Reynolds returned to his alma mater Saturday. He saw old friends and former UC Riverside players he’d competed with as a player and coach, accepted an updated letter jacket and laughed during a video tribute when he saw old photos of the young Reynolds with, shall we say, a rather flamboyant hair style.

And then Reynolds coached a basketball game, with his Stanislaus State Warriors going against UCR in a preseason exhibition at the Rec Center. Nothing particularly special on one hand, but extremely special in another way.

Reynolds has been coaching with Parkinson’s disease. He was diagnosed two years ago, and it took several months for the doctors to find a medication combination that would calm the symptoms.

In his case, those included body aches, handwriting that would turn into a scribble, and a voice that would go hoarse and occasionally even disappear. Even his players were quoted as saying they noticed their coach’s lack of energy during the latter part of last season, but didn’t quite understand the reason.

Maybe, Reynolds mused, they figured it was just the 60-something coach getting old.

  • Stanislaus co-head coaches Paul Trevor, left and Larry Reynolds lead their team against the UC Riverside Highlanders in the first half of the exhibition game at Student Recreation Center Saturday in Riverside, CA. November 4, 2017. (TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG)

  • Stanislaus co-head coach Larry Reynolds is currently dealing with Parkinson's Disease walks off the court after a pregame ceremony honoring him before an exhibition game at Student Recreation Center Saturday in Riverside, CA. November 4, 2017. (TERRY PIERSON,THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE/SCNG)

    Stanislaus co-head coach Larry Reynolds is currently dealing with Parkinson’s Disease walks off the court after a pregame ceremony honoring him before an exhibition game at Student Recreation Center Saturday in […]    

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