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.