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May 11, 2012
Shareef Abdur-Rahim to receive his degree from Cal on Monday

Excuse me for being a homer in this post

Kings assistant general manager Shareef Abdur-Rahim will receive his degree from the greatest public university in the world Monday, May 14.

Abdur-Rahim will receive his degree in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley with a 3.8 grade-point average.

Abdur-Rahim played a season at Cal before entering the 1996 NBA Draft.

Abdur-Rahim was the third overall pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies in what proved to be one of the better draft classes ever.

Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, Steve Nash, Jermaine O'Neal and Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Stephon Marbury, Antoine Walker, Peja Stojakovic and Abdur-Rahim all became All Stars from the Class of 96.

Abdur-Rahim played for Vancouver, Atlanta, Portland and the Kings before retiring in 2008 and joining the coaching staff. He moved to the front office two years later.

"Although I left Cal after only one year, it has always been my goal to complete my degree," Abdur-Rahim said in a statement. "Receiving my degree will be an extremely proud moment for me and my family. I hope it will also help inspire many of the students our foundation proudly serves and encourages."

Abdur-Rahim's foundation is the Future Foundation, which he started in 2001 in his home state of Georgia.

The program works with disadvantaged youth in the Atlanta area to help increase their chances for a college education.

"Much of my work outside basketball has been dedicated to my non-profit organization," Abdur-Rahim said. "The Future Foundation's focus is to help young people reach their educational potential."

More preseason dates

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Lakers releasing their preseason schedule for the 2012-13 season, we have three preseason dates for next season.

The Kings will play the Lakers Oct. 19 in Las Vegas, Oct. 21 in Los Angeles and Oct. 25 in San Diego.

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