Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 at 2:58 pm  |  16 responses

Rafer Alston To Become Head Coach at Christian Life Center

Adam Zagaria is reporting that, despite having no previous experience, Rafer Alston will become the head coach at the high school that produced DeAndre Jordan: “Alston, 34, was just hired as the new head coach at Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center, replacing former coach Carlos Wilson who’s headed to coach at Tyler Junior College. ‘I’ve had a good career, long career, 11 years,’ Alston said of a career that included stops in six NBA cities and a stint in China. ‘I had fun. I can’t complain about my NBA career. It’s been wonderful.’ Alston, the former Cardozo High star known as “Skip to My Lou,” said he wasn’t ruling out a possible return to playing professionally overseas or in the NBA, but he realizes that is unlikely. ‘I’ve had offers,’ he said. ‘Overseas is always an option. This summer some offers are going to come along at some point. People can always use a point guard.’ Still, he added, ‘Getting one more year older and doing this job, the chances are slim to none.’”

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  • somedude

    It’s good to see a player go out with class, best of luck Rafer

  • add

    love skip, to bad ya didnt win the chip with orlando, but at least you’ll be able to pass your knowledge onto the younger generation

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Wow, if Skip coached at my HS, I’d be dying to get on that squad. But then again, these kids will have no idea who he is… I wonder if there will be a motivational Vin Baker video soon.

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Nice. Last I heard about him he flopped on that stint in China. I’m sure he could still help out some teams in the L now but whatever. Hope he’s doing well.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    much love and respect to Skip, forever a legend. He could help just about every single team in the NBA right now, just at a different page in his life and I commend him.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @niQ he didn’t flop in China he, just like Steve Francis left after just not being able to communicate or adjust.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    He was the reason Orlando made it to the Finals that year. Also one of my favorite players on Houston when he played there. Much respect to Skip, and good luck with coaching!

  • TheBarberShop

    That school is near where I live.. Good luck to Rafer, a true good guy.

  • cliff

    Back in 1998, I was fortunate enough to be a high school all-american. At the Adidas ABCD camp that summer (held at Princeton) he came out and showed us a lot of drills and just general love. He was at Fresno St. at the time. Damn…1998, I don’t feel old but these last 13 years flew by! Enjoy your time kids, it goes by fast. Good luck to Rafer, I feel sure he will do just fine.

  • mbrh

    is it a real school, I heard it was just a collection of kids who play ball all day.

  • http://www.courtvisionmag.com caseyouainthurd

    Skip is the man, but as i read this I have a feeling it wont last long. He seems to still have an itch to play

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    @mbrh Its probably one of those “prep” schools created to help athletes get their stuff together before college. Anyway, congrats to Skip, I think being a solid 10+ year NBA veteran is enough to get him started on the HS level.

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  • dma

    all i remember about skip is his attitude, whether that be media portrayed on and-1 or on the court. maybe his retirement from playing professionally has humbled him.

  • Japheth

    I am currently attending this school FTW!!!

  • http://www.ballislife.com globalhoop

    Skip does have previous experience coaching AAU.