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by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: LEILA NAVIDI - Trail Blazers forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim (left) celebrates with assistant coach Tim Grgurich after Abdur-Rahim won the December 2004 game 89-87 against the Boston Celtics with a 3-pointer in the final seconds.Dec. 11, 1976

Shareef Abdur-Rahim

(age 37)

Born in Marietta, Ga., Abdur-Rahim played in 2004-05 for the Trail Blazers. He starred for Cal, then was the No. 3 overall NBA draft pick, of the Vancouver Grizzlies, in 1996. He spent five years with Vancouver and three with the Atlanta Hawks before coming to Portland along with Dan Dickau and Theo Ratliff in a trade in which the Blazers parted ways with Rasheed Wallace and Wesley Person.

Abdur-Rahim, a 6-9 small forward who was an NBA All-Star in 2002, averaged 10.0 and 16.8 points in his two Blazer seasons.