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Shareef Abdur-Rahim bumped to assistant GM for the Kings

Oct 8, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

Shareef Abdur-Rahim

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.”

  1. blueintown - Oct 8, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    What 13 teams did Shareef Abdur-Rahim play for? I can only account for four.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:07 PM

      I just tweaked the phrasing on that to be more clear: Abdur-Rahim played for just four franchises but was on 13 different teams — as in squads — during his career. One each year, except the year he was traded mid-season then it was two. So, 13 teams in that sense.

  2. bsaph - Oct 8, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    No. That doesn’t make any sense at all. Teams are teams. Seasons are seasons. So he played 13 seasons, with his team’s averaging 28.5 wins per season.

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