Saturday, July 31st, 2010 at 9:01 am  |  22 responses

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Going Strong in Japan

The 41-year-old former NBA Most Improved Player and two-time NCAA First Team All-American is still going strong. From the Japan Times: “Former NBA guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf has agreed to terms of a contract for the 2010-11 season and will return to the Kyoto Hannaryz for a second season, the bj-league team announced on Friday. Abdul-Rauf, 41, is the highest-profile player in the history of the bj-league. He was the No. 3 pick in the 1990 NBA Draft and played for the Denver Nuggets (1990-96), Sacramento Kings (1996-98) and Vancouver Grizzlies (2000-01). A former college scoring sensation at Louisiana State, Abdul Rauf has also played in Russia, Italy, Greece and Saudi Arabia. He averaged 17.9 points in 38 games for the expansion Hannaryz last season. He scored 20 or more points 19 times. In The Japan Times’ second annual Top 20 ranking of bj-league players, Abdul-Rauf was listed at No. 19.”

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  • ConeyIslander

    First. Japan has a League? Nate Robinson would probably be a power forward out there! LOL

  • JAMS

    @ConeyIslander that’s not racist at all….

  • Art Mooney

    Does he stand for their National Anthem?

  • BigAndre81

    he’S the man!!! the most deadly SG ever….yeah, ever! quickest release and best mechanics, pure perfection….or just an amazing human being!

  • larrylegend

    above was me, why i appear as BiGDre?!?

  • larrylegend


  • BR_BruceWayne

    He was/is still the greatest college player I have ever seen. Lightning quick release to match and even faster 1st step. He mastered the between-the-legs crossover directly into a fluid jumpshot. CJ35

  • Groves

    i think i would like a bit a go in the BJ League

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre


  • nastierthanu4

    yeah yeah yeah this is all great but can he do 130 on the highway. that is the footage i wanna see. I wonder if he can still dunk. He had mad hops.

  • Kcir_Selym

    Good for him.

  • Ronald

    There are two pro leagues in Japan. BJ league is the one gaining steam though, they’re signing the bigger marquee players and giving out cash left and right.

  • The Philosopher

    One of the greatest spot up shooters of all times.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    He was that guy with the weird spastic twitch yeah?? He was pretty solid in the L in the 90s, but im pretty sure he played the point, Larrylegend..

  • Martey

    He has Tourette Syndrome. And um, Dacre, you just begging for a Muhammad Ali- Ernie Terrell moment huh. (look it up) Yeah money was nice as hell in college and in Denver.

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    BJ league? Its called the BJ league. Really?

  • twahc

    @ ConeyIslander: i sense ignorance. typical.

  • larrylegend

    @BOSS: he played mostly point in the L cuz of his size, but switched to SG every time possible.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    Jackson… FOR THE GAME!
    17ppg at 41.
    I better get my excuse-making arse back into shape.

  • Ronald

    @Michael NZ: Yeah, BJ League. It’s actually meant to be “Professional Basketball Japan League.” So, it’s PBJ-League. But seeing how you’re from NZ and they call your national basketball team Tall “Blacks” it would be hard to fault the Japanese to use BJ as the acronym for their league.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    > they call your national basketball team Tall “Blacks”
    It’s a reference to the uniform colour.

  • mj23

    It’s a shame his career was cut short in the NBA because of politics. He was one of the purest shooters in the league.