Shareef Abdur-Rahim

Shareef Abdur-Rahim bumped to assistant GM for the Kings


Shareef Abdur-Rahim played for 13 teams (four franchises, but 13 teams) in his 12-year NBA career, and collectively those 13 teams averaged 28.5 wins. Few players have been so intimately acquainted with NBA failure, but now Abdur-Rahim has a chance to be a part of a promising basketball enterprise, albeit as a front office executive rather than a player or coach.

Since retiring from on-court action in 2008, Abdur-Rahim has served as an assistant coach for the last team that wrote him a paycheck to hoop: the Sacramento Kings. As of yesterday, Abdur-Rahim will no longer operate in that capacity, as the Kings have decided he may better serve the team from the front office. So may I introduce to you, the act you’ve known for all these years. This time, though, as assistant general manager. From the team’s press release (via Cowbell Kingdom):

“I’m thankful that the Maloof family and Geoff Petrie have the confidence in me to provide the opportunity to continue to be a part of the Kings’ organization,” said Abdur-Rahim. “My family and I love this area and are excited to be involved with this young and upcoming team.”

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.