Changing of the Guard

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Changing of the Guard

Former NBA Star Abdur-Rahim to Become New G League President

With the resignation of Malcolm Turner, the NBA has promoted Sharif Abdur-Rahim to the position of president of the NBA G League.

The announcement was made today by the NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum, as Turner will step down and move onto Vanderbilt University to take over the position of the school’s Athletics Director. Abdur-Rahim will now be trusted to overlook all aspects of the G League’s business and basketball operations.

“Shareef’s unique experiences as a player, team executive and member of the NBA’s Basketball Operations department make him a fantastic fit to be the next President of the NBA G League,” said Tatum.  “He is well-prepared to build on the tremendous progress that the NBA G League has made under Malcolm, who deftly oversaw a pivotal period of expansion and transition.  We thank Malcolm for his lasting contributions to the NBA and the NBA G League and wish him the best at Vanderbilt.”

The 42-year old has served as the assistant general manager and coach with the Sacramento Kings following his playing career, and was the general manager of the Reno Bighorns during the 2013-14 season. Averaging 18.1 points across 12 NBA seasons, Abdur-Rahim also earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He went onto receive an MBA from the University of South California.

“I am thrilled to have this extraordinary opportunity with the NBA G League,” said Abdur-Rahim.  “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.”

Turner was the president of the G League for the past four seasons.

“I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to lead the NBA G League,” said Turner.  “I am proud of the transformational work we have done toward achieving our goal of a 30-team league.  I want to thank the NBA G League’s owners, presidents, coaches and team staffs for their partnership and Adam Silver and Mark Tatum for their guidance and for entrusting this important part of the NBA’s business to me.”

Abdur-Rahim will have big shoes to fill as he takes over the lucrative position.

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