The Sacramento Kings have hired Shareef Abdur-Rahim as an assistant coach. Following the footsteps of ballers like Avery Johnson, David Wesley and Pat Ewing, Abdur-Rahim has parlayed his playing career directly into a top-flight NBA coaching gig.
The 6’9″ forward out of Berkeley averaged a very respectable 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds while starting 704 of his 830 career regular season games.
Some folks wonder why NBA teams continue to hire the same old players instead of taking fresh looks at D-Leaguers or hot international talent. The value of an NBA player who has been through a decade’s worth of routine is immeasurable.
Although Reggie Theus is a former player himself, he realizes that he’s too tough on his charges to fully connect with them. Maybe that’s why Shareef’s got another NBA contract, as a coach this time.