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Shareef Abdur-Rahim Takes the Coaching Job

Ailene Voisin gets the story out of media day:

Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who recently reitred because of knee problems at age 31, looked a little uncomfortable Monday during media day. The veteran power forward is joining Reggie Theus' coaching staff, primarily to work with the front court players. ... The former Cal standout was convinced to take the coaching position by Kings president Geoff Petrie, a terrific NBA player who was similarly forced to retire prematurely because of knee problems.

I've mentioned a few times that Spencer Hawes might be most similar to Shareef, in terms of output. Hawes might drift away a few more feet from the hoop, but at the core, both are skilled, not overly athletic big studs. We'll see, but I don't see how this can hurt (toss in Jason Thompson and Donté Greene, too).