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A vastly under appreciated scoring machine

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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf on the drive

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is one of the more interesting basketball players to come along in a very long time.

Born Chris Jackson, the native of Gulfport, Mississippi played at LSU for the mercurial Dale Brown before starting an 10-year NBA career.

LSU has an interesting basketball history by the way, less for overall success than for some of the greatest players in the game’s history: Bob Pettit, Pistol Pete Maravich, Shaquille O’ Neal and Adbul-Rauf.

Abdul-Rauf lives with Tourette syndrome, a strange condition where a person has facial and vocal tics, including in some cases Coprolalia, an urge to say socially unacceptable things.

We don’t know if Abdul-Rauf had to deal with that but it could make life with officials unpleasant.

He was a superb scorer and in basketball, Tourette’s occasionally worked to his advantage as his physical tics doubled as fakes. He occasionally manifested on the foul line too with noises and head rolls. It can’t be easy to deal with in many ways but he never let it limit him.

Despite his astonishing offensive gifts, like Bison Dele, his interest in basketball waxed and waned. He walked away from the game in 1998 after signing with a Turkish club for a significant amount of money but later came back to play for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2000-2001.

He was out of the NBA after that season and later had a serious Achilles injury. He’s kept playing though and after finishing his career abroad in 2011, at the age of 40, he’s kept in good enough shape to play in Big3 ball where, at the age of 50, he’s still a premier shooter.

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