NBA Names New President of the G League
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has announced that NBA VP of Basketball Operations and former NBA All-Star Shareef Abdur-Rahim has been named President of the NBA G League -- the official minor league basketball organization. Abdur-Rahim will replace Malcolm Turner, who will step down in January to become the Athletics Director at Vanderbilt University. In Abdur-Rahim’s new role, he will be responsible for all aspects of the NBA G League’s business and basketball operations, including the implementation of the newly formed professional path, ongoing testing of experimental rules and league-wide expansion efforts. The 42-year-old UC Berkeley grad, who also earned an MBA from the University of Southern California, previously worked five years with the Sacramento Kings as an Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach. He also spent the 2013-14 season as General Manager of the NBA G League’s Reno Bighorns (now known as the Stockton Kings). “I am thrilled to have this extraordinary opportunity with the NBA G League,” said Abdur-Rahim, a native of Georgia. “I’ve seen firsthand the NBA G League’s remarkable growth under Malcolm’s leadership, and I look forward to working with the players, teams and my colleagues to take the league to even greater heights.” More here.