NBA Guard Gaining Experience On Sidelines

Reporter Mike Sullivan has a story on Rafer Alston and his coaching job ...

With the score tied at the half, NBA guard Rafer Alston, moonlighting as an AAU coach now with the New York Panthers, expressed his displeasure with his 16 and under team. The Panthers were playing a first round game this morning at the Joe Brown Memorial tournament held on the campus of FDU in Teaneck, N.J.

"No one wants to be here for an 8 a.m. game," Alston said to his team. "But this is your need to work harder..." While Alston's words were piercing at times, it seemed to ignite the Panthers' basketball team. Gary Charles' AAU program landed a 64-51 victory over United Brooklyn.

The Panthers outscored United Brooklyn, 40-27, in the second half. Charles seemed pleased with Alston's addition to his coaching staff.

"He is really into it and enjoying it," said Charles. "He has a lot to offer the kids."

Alston is a former guard for Ron Naclerio's Cardozo High School basketball program in Bayside, N.Y. So he understands the importance of basketball in the city of New York.

Rafer has spent nine years in the NBA now. He averaged over 14 points a game last season for the Houston Rockets.

"He has a lot of experience that is great to draw upon," said Charles, wearing his traditional sporty hat at FDU this morning.

For now, the results have been positive for the New York Panthers.

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