When Shareef Abdur-Rahim’s knees finally gave out, when his days as a dynamic scorer in the NBA came to an unceremonious end, he didn’t exactly know what to do next within the game of basketball.
So he dabbled in a little bit of everything.
“Coaching, scouting, helping evaluate the draft,” Abdur-Rahim said. “It all opened up my eyes.”
Here’s what Abdur-Rahim is seeing now: The G League, under his leadership.
Abdur-Rahim is starting his first full week as president of the NBA’s developmental league, now having replaced Malcolm Turner after he stepped down to take over as athletic director at Vanderbilt. The move was announced last month — Dec. 11, Abdur-Rahim’s 42nd birthday — and Turner’s last day with the G League was officially Friday.
Since the announcement, Abdur-Rahim has been studying up for his new job, but in actuality, he’s been preparing for something like this almost from the very moment his playing career ended 11 years ago. And those who know him best have absolutely no reservations in predicting that he’ll be great in the role.
“He’s a very thoughtful human being that is very…