Season 2 Episode 11- Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
On the latest episode of Neat and Unfiltered, Kenyon and Kiss are joined by Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. After struggling with Tourette Syndrome at an early age, Abdul-Rauf gave himself the drive and enough reps to go to LSU and have one of the greatest freshman seasons in NCAA History. A lengthy NBA career included a lot more than just basketball, including his decision not to stand in a "dignified posture" during the National Anthem. 2:45 - Abdul Rauf played his first actual basketball game at 10 years old and has never wanted to stop playing ever since. 5:15 - The impact Abdul Rauf's mother had as he was growing up in Gulfport, Mississippi and the emphasis on bettering himself each day. 8:00 - Dealing with Tourette's and for how many struggles there were growing up, it gave him the discipline and repetition that's required to be a pro basketball player. 16:10 - Abdul Rauf must have perfected his craft by the time he came to LSU, averaging 30 points a game, and having one of the most dominant freshman seasons in NCAA History. 20:00 - The LSU Tigers had Abdul Rauf but they also had "big and bigger" with Shaquille O'Neal and Stanley Roberts. 21:45 - Abdul Rauf's decision to leave the NBA after his sophomore season and having no regrets becoming a professional athlete to provide for his family. 25:45 - Entering the NBA and not having the success he was used to right away, and ultimately changing his name after becoming the NBA's Most Improved Player. 30:10 - The NBA's policy on standing and addressing the flag for the National Anthem became a subject of controversy long before Colin Kaepernick, and Abdul Rauf details his thought process while navigating repercussions from the NBA. 36:50 - How David Stern's tenure as Commissioner seemed to rub both Abdul Rauf and Kenyon both the wrong way. 44:15 - Adbul Rauf and Kenyon Martin facing off against each other in the Big 3. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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