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.”