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Are Amir Abdur-Rahim and Shareef Abdur-Rahim related?

Amir's Kennesaw State is giving the Musketeers quite a run on Friday in the NCAA Tournament.

KENNESAW, Ga. — The Kennesaw State Owls men's basketball team is drawing attention on Friday for their March Madness first round game against Xavier University.

Kennesaw State is giving the Musketeers quite a run, going into halftime with a seven-point lead, 43-36.

It's a pretty surprising start for the Owls, who are the 14th seed in the Midwest Region. Xavier is the third seed in that section of the bracket.

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Fans watching at home who are just now getting their introduction to Kennesaw State might be wondering if their coach, Amir Abdur-Rahim, has any relation to former NBA star and current president of the NBA's minor league, the G League.

Well, he does. 

Are Amir Abdur-Rahim and Shareef Abdur-Rahim related?

Yes, they're brothers.

Shareef, who played for the Vancouver Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks and two other franchises during a 12-year NBA career that included one trip to the All-Star Game, is the older brother.

Shareef was born Dec. 11, 1976 and is 46 years old. Amir was born March 18, 1981 and is 41 years old.

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Both brothers were born and raised in the metro Atlanta area, and played high school basketball at Wheeler High School in Marietta.

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While Shareef turned out to be the better basketball player - though Amir did play college ball with Southeastern Louisiana - it's the younger brother who the past few years has been turning heads on the hardcourt.

His coaching record at KSU has been remarkable - turning the Owls around for a one-win, 28-loss season in 2019-20 to a 26-8 record last year that included the Atlantic Sun championship and Kennesaw State's first ever trip to March Madness.

He'll turn a lot more heads if the Owls actually pull off the upset on Friday.


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