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Monday, January 31st, 2011 at 5:09 pm  |  23 responses

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is Still Ballin’

Courtesy of The Japan Times’ Ed Odeven:

OSAKA — Kyoto Hannaryz guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf participated in the 3-Point Shootout during Sunday’s All-Star festivities, providing a thrill for the enthusiastic crowd at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium.

The former NBA standout gave fans of all ages a delightful memory to talk about in years to come. They can say they saw Abdul-Rauf while he played in Japan.

Even though the 41-year-old, averaging 13.9 points per game, probably should have been given a special spot on the Western Conference All-Star squad to drum up greater interest among fans and the media — heck, he was already there to begin with — he holds no grudges.

“I don’t mean this as no respect, but when I play basketball, I don’t play with the design of looking to make the All-Star team, I don’t,” Abdul-Rauf said in an exclusive interview with The Japan Times. “I want to do the best I can, because these things don’t define your career. Some of it is based on popularity, some is based on actually going out and getting it so even in the NBA (you can say), ‘Why didn’t he make it?’

“Again, you can’t take it too seriously, so when I play I just try to do the best I can and keep moving.”

The Hannaryz, a second-year team, are 13-13 at the season’s midway point, and that’s a disappointing fact to the former All-American scoring sensation at LSU.

The full story can be found here.

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  • the nerve

    dat dude was a bad nicka in his day. 1 of the best spot ups ever. 1 of the best pull ups ever. gave stockton like 50 or sumthin. nig9a wuz truth

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Awesome.

  • rob stewart

    Very impressive. Guards usually dont last past 35yrs. Especially little skinny ones.

  • Zabba

    You guys should do another one on that NBA baller that’s ballin’ it up in Saudi Arabia.

  • martey

    Very humble guy..always was a class act

  • http://slamonline.com walt williams

    Am I the only one who wonders if he turns his back to the Japanese flag?

  • Shem

    Amazing pull up. Jumper never changed if he was leaning to a side or forward. Very good court vision and had a great tendency to post guards from 3 and keep defenders guessing if he was going to spin. Always a professional

  • Ali Saadat

    damn 41 and hes getting 14 a game, better than most older guys in the L.

  • reald1

    Da MAN AVERAGED LIKE 18 PPG LAST YEAR

  • HAMMER

    Co-sign everything that the nerve said. I remember watching that 50pt game. A bad sob back n the day. I thought he’d b older tho. 1 of the scariest match-ups 4 opposing guards

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    @walt williams – Yes, and it’s because you managed to mangle that memory so badly that it’s now unique to your own mind.

  • Slips

    Wow, awesome to hear he’s still ballin!

  • Harlem_World

    His days at LSU still stand as one of the greatest collegiate careers for a guard under 6ft of ALL TIME. This man is a bonafide LEGEND. I wish him the best in all he does.

  • K.a.

    14 at 41 is pretty good even for foreign ball

  • True H

    actually Mahmoud Abdul rauf refused to stand during the national anthem stating that it was a symbol of tyranny and a violation of his muslim beliefs. This earned him a 1 game suspension and a compromise was reached where he chose to stand with his head down and eyes closed during the national anthem. is it muslim custom to not stand during a national anthem? What was he the only muslim in the league that was offended by the flag?

    I never understood that. I’m black and to me the flag does not symbolize tyranny. Did some foul stuff happen as our nation was formed and founded, absolutely! thats a HUGE understatement. but the flag does not symbolize that to me. My ancestors had a huge hand in changing the fabric of this nation, we’ve fought and overcome several injustices and setbacks in order to enjoy some freedoms we didnt have before. We (Americans) have defended rights domestically and internationally and that is what the flag symbolizes to me. In fact I think its really subjective. What if I decided that wearing a tie at work symbolized how blacks were hung in gallows etc, could I then demand some kind of exception? Seems kind of strange. He didnt HAVE to play for the NBA. I wonder what he will decide the Japanese flag symbolizes.

  • http://www.redraidersports.com Nicolas Fleming

    Calvin Murphy put a hex on Abdul-Rauf’s ball right before he shot a free throw that would have put him at like 97% from the line that season and given him the record, but he clanked it because Murphy is some kind of voodoo witch doctor.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Bickerstaff used to call him a “quasi” guard.

  • riggs

    @true H: his reason wasnt only because he was black but also muslim and during that time the U.S. were killing innocent muslims. So while his reasoning seems a little misguided I understand where he’s coming from.

  • Gus

    I´m glad he didn´t participated this time in the oversea´s slam dunk contest!

  • Brahsef

    @True H

    The US has been doin atrocities in Muslim countries for the past 30 years. This ain’t a history thing, this a now issue. The most hated minority in the US now are Muslims. I can def understand not standing for the flag.

    Ain’t nothin scarier to America than a black islamic person haha

  • martey

    @true..I suppose back in the days you would have been the black guy coming down on muhammad ali for not wanting to go to vietnam… you have your convictions, rauf has his..leave it as that…

  • Da Holy Karron

    Chris Jackson was da man at lsu and balled with Shaq but as a nugget with his sickness he got it in mind blowing bball player

  • True H

    @Martey, Muhammad Ali’s vietnam situation is different in that he didnt outright disrespect American custom like refusing to stand during the national anthem. An analogy that I think coorelates is if, the military were paying muhammad Ali millions of dollars and he refused to show respect due to his beliefs that ironically enough dont dissuade accepting large sums of money from the evil evil nation.

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