By John Denton
ORLANDO -- Magic fans desperate to see Orlando upgrade its smallish frontline might want to remember this name: Shareef Abdur-Rahim.
Abdur-Rahim is fuming in Sacramento over his reduced playing time under new coach Reggie Theus. The 12-year veteran played 32 minutes in the Kings first two games, but he got just 12 minutes in the four games after that. What was particularly surprising is that Abdur-Rahim, 30, played just two minutes Tuesday against Seattle and one minute Saturday against Minnesota. And Friday against Cleveland, Abdur-Rahim received the first DNP-CD (Did Not Play-Coach’s Decision) of his career.
Clearly, Sacramento starting the rebuilding process and is turning the focus of its team over to Kevin Martin and rookie center Spencer Hawes.
I bring up Abdur-Rahim’s name for a variety of reasons. The power forward has averaged 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds over his career and his rugged 6-foot-9, 245-pound frame would give the Magic some much-needed size at power forward.