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How does he still do it? Standing at 6’1″ and weighing a lithe 162 lbs, this 49-year old basketball veteran seems to have discovered the fountain of youth as he is holding more than his own against younger and larger competition in his second year in the BIG3.
Difficult propositions are nothing new to this Gulfport, Mississippi native. His life has always been about challenges and overcoming them.
Following his inaugural season where he averaged 13.4 points per game, 22 of those in the Championship game, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf continues to demonstrate why he was considered a premier scorer back in his NBA day.
Week three of the BIG3 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland just continued to add to his legacy. This ageless wonder scored a game high 22 points, 12 of them from behind the line including the game winner for the Three Headed Monsters in a heated battle versus the Killer Threes.
“I’m not surprise anymore. When he miss, I’m more surprise when he miss then more of when he makes it,” says BIG3 Co-Founder, Ice Cube.
Abdul-Rauf has always been highly combustible when it comes to going on a scoring binge. Just ask John Stockton and Jeff Hornacek about when they got cooked for 51 points on 63% shooting from the field. This included nine three pointers made and shooting eight of eight from the free throw line.
He is currently averaging 11.7 points per game on a sizzling 57% shooting with most of his shots coming from 15 feet or farther away including two game winners in three games keeping the Three Headed Monsters undefeated this season.
Week four of the Big3 in Detroit, MI will put them against the other undefeated team, Tri-State coached by the legendary Julius Erving on July 13 at the Little Caesars Arena.