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Fenerbahce reject Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf quits basketball

HDN | 6/24/1999 12:00:00 AM |

Gulfport, Mississippi/Ankara- Wire Dispatches Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who played for Istanbul Division One side Fenerbahce this season after an eight-year U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) career, is retiring from basketball because he no longer has a passion for the game. Rauf, who refused in 1996 to stand for the U.S. national anthem while with the Denver Nuggets, did not even complete his season in Turkey. "There was a lot of problems that came about with management, with the finances,

Gulfport, Mississippi/Ankara- Wire Dispatches

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who played for Istanbul Division One side Fenerbahce this season after an eight-year U.S. National Basketball Association (NBA) career, is retiring from basketball because he no longer has a passion for the game.

Rauf, who refused in 1996 to stand for the U.S. national anthem while with the Denver Nuggets, did not even complete his season in Turkey.

"There was a lot of problems that came about with management, with the finances, people didn't want to play," Rauf told WXXV-TV of Gulfport. "So I came home early, because I lost the desire in playing.

"I've decided to retire. Right now, I'm just focusing on improving in the (martial) arts and dealing with the youth at home in Gulfport and other areas where I'm needed."

He was known as Chris Jackson when he was a standout at Gulfport High School and Louisiana State University. He changed his name after his Islamic conversion in 1991, the year after the Nuggets made him the third pick overall in the NBA draft.

Abdul-Rauf played with the Nuggets for six seasons, the last in 1996 when he was suspended for not standing during "The Star-Spangled Banner." He then played two seasons for the Sacramento Kings before going to Turkey.

( $=415.196 TL Official Rate)


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