Former NBA guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf still displays remarkable basketball skills at age 50. And he does it competing against many players twice as young in the BIG3.
Take a look at this recent game highlight to illustrate that point.
Before he was effectively blackballed from the NBA for his personal beliefs, the ex-Louisiana State star (formerly known as Chris Jackson) was an electrifying talent. He continued to play well into his 40s in overseas leagues, and insisted time and again he didn’t regret his decision to not stand for the national anthem while he played in the NBA.
Hard-core hoop fans have recognized that Abdul-Rauf had a remarkable shooting touch and flair for the game.
Comments below one YouTube video provided a vivid example.
“One of my all-time favorite players,” the person wrote. “Fun fact. He is the NBA ‘s all-time leader in free-throw percentage at 90.5. Now if you look this up in the record books, the NBA list Steve Nash as number one with 90.43. They list Mark Price second at 90.39. The NBA implemented a rule that read, a play must have at least 1,200 free throw attempts to be considered for the record. Rauf had 1,161 attempts.”
The updated list through the end of the 2018-19 season now shows Steph Curry at No. 1 (90.47 percent).
Others, of course, simply appreciate that Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was — and still is — an exceptional shooter.
“I was fortunate enough to see him in Denver in 1994. I swear he hit about 50 in a row in warmups,” another person wrote in the video’s comments section.