Shareef Abdur-Rahim Rumors

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.
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Malone now joins Shareef Abdur-Rahim on the list of ousted employees the Kings hired before D’Alessandro and Chris Mullin — the latter a top adviser who has Ranadivé’s ear. Abdur-Rahim expressed disagreement with D’Alessandro, Mullin, and Mitch Richmond during the draft process, and left the team shortly after an argument on draft night, per several league sources.
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The Kings are leaving open the possibility that director of player personnel Shareef Abdur-Rahim will be with the team this season. League sources told The Bee this week Abdur-Rahim, the only executive left from the Maloofs’ ownership group, would not return, but other sources say he can return if he desires. Abdur-Rahim also served as general manager of the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate. If Abdur-Rahim doesn’t return, he will be replaced internally. The team also has to hire a new coach for the Bighorns. Joel Abelson recently accepted a job with the New York Knicks.
The only basketball executive to survive last year’s purge under the Kings’ new ownership could be out now, too. Shareef Abdur-Rahim is no longer with the Kings, league sources told The Bee on Wednesday. The Kings declined to comment. Abdur-Rahim wasn’t a visible presencewith the rest of the front office during the NBA Summer League, leading some to question if he was still with team. But he was credited with adding many of the players that won the summer-league championship. Abdur-Rahim, a former NBA All-Star forward, was the Kings’ director of player personnel and general manager of the Reno Bighorns, the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim: “I personally interacted with both Bruce Levenson and Danny Ferry on multiple occasions; my experiences with both have always been pleasant. However, their comments represent a lack of respect and sensitivity for individuals with different experiences and backgrounds than themselves. I pray both individuals learn from this situation and work to regain the trust of the great people of Atlanta.”
Shareef Abdur-Rahim: “As an Atlanta native, former Atlanta Hawk and African-American, remaining voiceless on the recent statements distributed by Atlanta Hawks management discounts the sacrifices so many have made to provide a voice for injustice. As a child growing up in Atlanta and before hip-hop music was played at the arena or even accepted by the masses in America, the Hawks had an attendance problem. I recall countless games blacked out in the 1980s and early 90s due to low attendance in the arena. Neither African-American cheerleaders nor the African-American community were the cause of low attendance back then and they are not the cause now.”
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The Sacramento Kings have named Shareef Abdur-Rahim general manager of their NBA D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, the team announced in a press release on Thursday. Abdur-Rahim, who played 12 seasons in the NBA, including three with the Kings from 2005 to 2008, has been involved with the team’s front office for three years. He also served as an assistant coach during the 2009-10 season.
Signs of the transition were evident at Tuesday’s predraft workouts. Petrie wasn’t watching during the portion open to the media. Of Petrie’s executives, only Shareef Abdur-Rahim is a candidate to survive the front-office purge. Longtime executives Wayne Cooper and Mike Petrie, Geoff’s son, are among those who won’t return as D’Alessandro implements his plan for the Kings with changes to basketball and support staff.
Former NBA All-Star, 2000 Olympic gold medalist and third overall selection in the 1996 NBA Draft Shareef Abdur-Rahim can now add “college graduate” to his impressive resume. Abdur-Rahim will graduate Monday, May 14 from the University of California at Berkeley – the school where he played his freshman season of NCAA basketball. He’ll receive his degree in Sociology having recorded a 3.8 grade point average. Entering the NBA following his freshmen year at Cal, Abdur-Rahim continued to pursue his education through off-season summer courses as well as extension programs during his NBA playing schedule. He played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Vancouver Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings.
Abdur-Rahim drew high marks from the front office and before last season was made assistant general manager. He scouts the colleges and tracks the NBA Development League. He evaluates Kings players to give his input on roster decisions. He already had the time on the bench and the long career of 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds. “I’m surprised, really,” he said. “It kind of evolved without a real plan or anything. When I stopped playing, the team asked me to hang around a couple years and work with the guys. It kind of grew from there.”
Abdur-Rahim is young. He offers the age reminder because 11 seasons, plus a fraction of another while hurt, with the Grizzlies, Hawks, Trail Blazers and Kings makes it seem he has been around a long time. But this suddenly feels more like the start of something potentially special than an end. He is especially young in the updated perspective: 34 years old and already assistant general manager of the Kings with increasing responsibility and praise from superiors about the new career that could last a lot longer than 12 years. “Shareef can go to the top,” said Wayne Cooper, the vice president of basketball operations in Sacramento and No. 2 in basketball operations to Geoff Petrie. “I have no doubt about that. He’s dedicated. He has knowledge of the game. He can go as far as he wants. He can be a GM.”