HoopsHype Rafer Alston rumors

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Allen Iverson, who sources indicated the Lakers had some interest in as long as he was willing to go to the NBA Developmental League for a few weeks first, is not the answer. He's simply not a point guard. The Lakers are also said to be interested in former Toronto Raptors point guard Rafer Alston, who helped the Orlando Magic reach the NBA Finals in 2009. But who knows if that will materialize into anything? ESPN.com

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Troubled ex-New Jersey Nets player Rafer Alston fouled out at a strip joint -- bashing another man on the head with a beer bottle during a booze-fueled brawl, a new lawsuit charges. The former NBA athlete, 35, who's originally from Jamaica, Queens, attacked fellow Perfection Gentleman's Club patron Erick Franceschini, 32, of Milford, Conn., during a knock-down-drag-out free-for-all in July 2010, according to papers recently filed in Queens Supreme Court. Alston smashed Franceschini with the bottle during a dispute that began in the Woodside, Queens, club and spilled out on the street, said Franceschini's lawyer, John Rapawy. New York Post

Alston was not involved in the fight in the bar, Rapawy said, but the lawyer claimed the hoopster attacked Franceschini in the street. Alston -- known in his playing days as "Skip to My Lou" because he was fast and light on his feet -- "unjustifiably assaulted and [beat]" Franceschini, Rapawy told The Post yesterday. "My client had 12 staples in his head. He suffered a concussion," the lawyer said. New York Post

May 24, 2011 Updates

Skip To My Lou has been the long and most reverential way of referring to Rafer Alston. Until now. Now people are going to be calling him Coach Alston as the coach of a tiny Christian academy in Houston. He is essentially The Black Shadow, a modern-day, hip-hop adaptation of Ken Reeves, the fictional coach of "The White Shadow's" Carver High. "I never could have imagined this," he said. A lot of people say Skip was the last true streetball legend. This is a heavy designation Alston says he doesn't necessarily feel himself, though he will not dispute it. "I think what makes you a legend is the people that watched you grow up and play all those years, their take on everything," he said. "I know over the years it donned on me that I really captured a lot of people's attention on the playground." FOXSports Houston

Christian Life pastor Richard Rodriquez said when he posted the job opening, he received resumes from all over the world, including from at least one other former NBA player. "But Rafer is a pioneer," he said. Alston's name recognition, basketball expertise and ties to the AAU circuit, where he has coached a team for the last five summers, won him the job. "I believed he could bring the attention and also expertise to the program that we need," Rodriguez said. "We've got a lot of good ballplayers here that are looking to expand their career into the college level and possibly the pro level, and I felt like a guy like Rafer is someone they'd respect and listen to." FOXSports Houston

The And1 thing undoubtedly is Alston's most lasting contribution to basketball, and to American culture, which is unusual because it is not necessarily his greatest accomplishment. He was taken in the 1998 NBA draft. He was on a Rockets team that won 22 consecutive games. He played in the NBA Finals. He once made eight 3-pointers in a game. "I didn't have a great NBA career, but I was solid," Alston said. "I've done some things in the NBA that people remember. I had some nights and some moments. … You put that with the fact that I could get people off their feet in every other city in the summertime as well, and that's a lot." It is enough to invert his existence. Because now he is Coach Alston. He is a big person doing a small thing. He admits he is nervous. "A little bit," he said. "It's a different chapter in your life. I think the kids are more nervous than I am." FOXSports Houston

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Rafer Alston, we hardly knew you. According to a source speaking with NiuBBall, Zhejiang Guangsha and Rafer Alston have split ways after Alston unexpectedly returned to the United States last Thursday to attend the funeral of a close friend who died last week. According to Asia-Basket.com, Alston told Guangsha that he intended to come back to China after the funeral, but suspecting that the player was highly unlikely to return for the remainder of the season, the team reportedly told him not to report back. Guangsha will sign Walker Russell Jr., who had played since the beginning of the NBA D-League regular season for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The 6-foot guard out of Jacksonville State University averaged 17.6 points, 7.9 assists and 1.8 steals in 36 games, all starts. NiuBBall.com

Like every other high-profile NBA player who left China early this season, Alston hasn’t left on good terms. Guangsha’s distrust over Alston’s promise to come back at the conclusion of the funeral stems from an incident after the team’s latest game against Zhejiang Chouzhou last Thursday. Midway through the game, Alston suffered an apparent injury that kept him out for most of the second half. Concerned about the health of their key import, the team offered to take Alston to the hospital for treatment and tests. Alston, however, refused to go, and the next day he was on a plane back to the States. “You’re hurt, and then you don’t go to a doctor?” asked team general manger, Ye Xiangyu. ”It’s illogical. There’s only one possibility, he simply wasn’t injured.” NiuBBall.com

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With their patience finally worn after a string of perceived broken promises and unreasonable demands, the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have given up in their attempts to sign Rafer Alston after their 48 hour deadline has passed without a firm decision from the 11 year NBA point-guard. According to the Hangzhou Daily, Alston’s agent asked for another three days to to decide on signing with Zhejiang, a request that was denied by the team’s GM, Ye Xiangyu: “His time is up, we can’t wait any longer. I said [to him and his agent] waiting another three days is impossible, the most we can wait is another hour. But, after that hour passed they didn’t answer. So we’re not going to wait any longer.” NiuBBall.com

October 22, 2010 Updates

Even after skipping out on his plane to Shanghai and his scheduled phone call with Zhejiang Guangsha management, Rafer Alston is still considering playing in China. But, with a catch: Only if he can play alongside his former Houston Rocket teammate, Maurice Taylor, according to TOM Sports. Taylor spent last year playing in Shanxi alongside Stephon Marbury. This demand could prove to be problematic for Alston’s chances in China, as most teams are either close to or at the two import per-team limit. Qingdao Double Star, one of two teams who has been heavily linked with Skip to my Lou, recently signed Jordanian national team captain, Zaid Al-Khas, to a deal, while the other team, Zhejiang Guangsha, has P.J. Ramos under contract. NiuBBall.com

October 20, 2010 Updates

Rafer Alston was supposed to be in southern costal China today. Zhejiang Guangsha, the team Skip was planning to work out for, bought him a plane ticket scheduled to leave from New York yesterday at the ungodly hour of 4 am, scheduled to arrive in Shanghai at the even more ungodly hour of 3am today. With another flight to the province’s capital, Hangzhou, management figured a full day was necessary to show Skip around town, get him familiar with the team, make their pitch and have him signed as quickly as possible. One major problem — Alston never got on the plane, so says the Qianjing Evening News. According to the article, Zhejiang called him at three in the morning to confirm that he was getting on board the flight. Instead, they got his agent who informed him that Alston wasn’t NiuBBall.com

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