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Abdur-Rahim Retires, Proving Nets Right

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Three years after the Nets first agreed to sign Shareef Abdur-Rahim and then rescinded their offer, the 6'-9" former All-Star and Olympic gold medalist retired Monday, citing arthritis in his right knee. It was arthritis in that knee that the Nets had cited in rescinding the 2005 deal. Abdur-Rahim then signed a five-year, $29 million deal with the Kings, but never performed at the level expected.