Rafer Alston Headed Back to High School…to Coach

via Zags Blog

Alston, 34, was just hired as the new head coach at Humble (Texas) Christian Life Center, replacing former coach Carlos Wilson, who’s headed to coach at Tyler Junior College.

“I’ve had a good career, long career, 11 years,” Alston said of a career that included stops in six NBA cities and a stint in China. “I had fun. I can’t complain about my NBA career. It’s been wonderful.”

Alston, the former New York City street-baller who attended Benjamin Cardozo High School, was courted by the Knicks during various points of his NBA career. Alston had interest in joining the Knicks as recently as last summer, when the team was remolding its identity and could have used a pass first point guard that would thrive in Coach Mike D’Antoni’s system.

“Skip to my Lou” was a quick-paced floor general who prided himself on finding his teammates in the right places at the right times. He played four seasons (and raised his family) for the Rockets in Houston, which is fittingly where his coaching career will start. He finished his playing career close to home, taking the court for the Nets during the 2009-10 season.

Though it is a bit surprising that Alston is walking away from the court after just a year apart from the game, he mentioned that he understands his body is growing older and wanted to take advantage of the new opportunity.