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Former Blazers Forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim Named G-League President

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The star from the 2000’s will oversee business and basketball operations for the developmental league.

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Shareef Abdur-Rahim—former star forward for the Trail Blazers, Hawks, and Grizzlies—has been named the new G-League President. Abdur-Rahim will take over the developmental league from current president Malcolm Turner, who has taken a position at Vanderbilt University, according to a release on NBA.com.

The article quotes NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum on the new hire.

“Shareef’s unique experiences as a player, team executive and member of the NBA’s Basketball Operations department make him a fantastic fit to be the next President of the NBA G League.”

Abdur-Rahim has plenty of background for the position:

Abdur-Rahim, who turned 42 today, previously worked five years with the Sacramento Kings, serving as an assistant general manager and assistant coach as well as spending the 2013-14 season as general manager of the NBA G League’s Reno Bighorns (now known as the Stockton Kings). Abdur-Rahim earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business.

He will oversee basketball and business operations.

Abdur-Rahim played for the Blazers between 2003 and 2005, averaging 14.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.