Shareef Abdur-Rahim Rumors
While he did not hire an agent through the draft process, he did have a support system that included former NBA forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Abdur-Rahim, 39, is now the NBA’s associate vice president of basketball operations, and like Brown he came to Cal from Atlanta. The two bonded while Brown was making his college decision. “I told him there are a lot of resources and people willing to give you information and help you,” Abdur-Rahim said. “Get the information as needed, take your time, and make good decisions. He’s done that. He’s a smart kid. I told him to enjoy it. He’s worked his whole life to be in a situation like this, so don’t overanalyze it or put too much pressure on yourself. I think he’s doing a good job of that.”
Do you know how many of those people were retained, or how they were treated, the people below the top people on the basketball side, the people most of us wouldn’t have ever heard of? Geoff Petrie: None of them ever really … they basically slaughtered a high percentage of them without any discussion or … a bunch of supplicants came in after Pete was hired, and they basically cleaned house. They kept a few people, but most of them were gone within a year. And the situation with Shareef [Abdur-Rahim] was, who happens to be one of the classiest people you’ll ever run across, was … really deplorable.
On the five-on-four front, I’d spoken to folks who swore there was real substance there. And the idea, obviously, was that owners are coming in the room with a persona that ‘I know it better than you do.’ I think that’s when it started feeding that fire. Vivek Ranadive: “Yeah, and this is what was absurd. I’d never actually spoken to the coach (Michael Malone, who is now head coach of the Denver Nuggets). I’ve spent more time with this coach than I did with the previous coaches combined … I still have the highest regard for him, but you’re put in a difficult situation. I mean from Day One, the GM (Pete D’Alessandro, who now works with Malone in Denver as the Senior Vice President of Business and Team Operations) and him didn’t get along. They hated each other’s guts. They didn’t even want to share an assistant. Then later on, I found out that the GM had fired a guy who was part of the coaching staff and had sued us. (As Ranadive confirmed, he was referring to Shareef Abdur-Rahim, the former Kings assistant coach turned assistant general manager who left the organization in the 2014 offseason. According to multiple people with knowledge of the situation, the Kings – under threat of a civil lawsuit for “hostile work environment” – paid the final two and a half years of Abdur-Rahim’s deal. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation).
Abdur-Rahim disagreed with D’Alessandro’s decision to draft Nik Stauskas last year and expressed his belief guard Elfrid Payton would be a better fit for the Kings. According to multiple sources, Abdur-Rahim’s disagreement angered D’Alessandro, who then barred Abdur-Rahim from attending the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, even though assembling the summer-league team was part of Abdur-Rahim’s responsibilities.