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Rafer Alston
Rafer Alston
Position: -
Born: 07/24/76
Height: 6-2 / 1.88
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Earnings: $28,129,531 ($35,664,608*)
For those fans, Hinkie’s endorsement of Morey might… be concerning. It shouldn’t be, but it might be. Here’s how Hinkie evaluated the Sixers hiring Morey, and why he thinks Morey will be a great fit for the organization: “This is why Daryl Morey will be good for this job, and has been good at his job for a really, really long time. In February 2009, we traded 32-year-old Rafer Alston for 22-year-old Kyle Lowry to be our backup point guard [in Houston]. […] I sent Daryl this very emotional, for me, text, and I said, ‘I’m so proud to work here, because you have done the hard right thing, which is, in the midst of where we are, leaned into this thing that we have massive conviction around.’ [..] “We’re going to get roasted in the interim. We traded our starting point guard, and we were good. We were, like, a four seed or five seed? We were interesting. And we traded our starting point guard. […]
“We’d long had our eyes on Kyle Lowry, and loved him, loved his makeup. And so we knew this was the time to do it. Increasingly the way the team was going, it was not going to work, in our minds, if Rafer continued to run the team. […] “It was the hard right thing, and we did it. […] And I was so happy to do it, even though I knew the papers were going to beat us up for a little while. […] That kind of hard right thing, I think Daryl will help with a bunch.”
Rafer Alston knew he was running out of chances when he signed a one-year deal with the Miami Heat in 2003. In his first four seasons, Alston had struggled to find his place in the NBA. He’d butted heads with coaches in Milwaukee and Toronto, and gotten cut in training camp by Golden State. The transition from street ball legend to reliable NBA rotation piece had been a bumpy one. But in Miami, under the tutelage of a first-year head coach named Stan Van Gundy, Alston (a.k.a. Skip to my Lou) proved his act could translate from the blacktop to the hardwood.
The following summer, Alston signed a lucrative six-year deal with the Raptors. He lasted 11 seasons in the NBA. He said the habits he developed under Van Gundy greatly contributed to his staying power. “I was someone who people didn’t think could play that long in the league,” Alston said. “I got 11 years out of it. I owe a lot to that year, to Stan.”