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“Something that was true in my on-court career and that’s true in business is that you have to trust your instincts,” said Abdur-Rahim, who retired as a player in 2008. “You have to do the work, prepare and be a good teammate. You have to take feedback and listen — but at the end of the day, you have to trust your instincts and go for it. You have to trust yourself. That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned.”
While Abdur-Rahim appreciates the sentiment, he remains focused on elevating the NBA’s feeder system. Goals include getting a G League affiliate for each of the 30 NBA clubs and making it a global league — a Mexico City G League team is coming next season, for example. He also wants to continue building the Ignite development program into a truly viable destination for draft-eligible players, with not just on-court development but with more resources in education, tuition and branding/career development. “We have a lot of work to do,” he said. “The potential here is so expansive, and we’re not even close to scratching the surface of what the G League can be.”
The G League was already moving toward offering prospects a professional path before Abdur-Rahim took over in December 2018, hoping a $125,000 salary would be enough of a lure. It wasn’t. As Abdur-Rahim pushed the issue, basketball people he respected, including his friend and former agent Aaron Goodwin, convinced him the league needed to drastically increase the compensation and create a more refined program.
It worked: For a salary that reportedly exceeds $500,000, Green agreed to bypass a scholarship at Memphis to get on board, giving the G League a face for the program and a magnet for more talent. Isaiah Todd soon followed, shunning a scholarship offer from Michigan. Then came Daishen Nix, Jonathan Kuminga and international projects Kai Sotto of the Philippines and Princepal Singh of India. The team started training in Walnut Creek last August, preparing for a nearly one-month G League season being staged in the same Walt Disney World “bubble” outside Orlando where the NBA played its pandemic-shortened season last year. “These guys are NBA players,” Abdur-Rahim said. “They’re going to play in the NBA. I try to take that anxiety away from them. I don’t think anybody expects them to just go out and dominate.”