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Wednesday / November 22.
  • Call Rockets’ Alston ‘Coach’

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    PATERSON, N.J. — When 16-year-old David Anderson learned he was going to be coached by an NBA player this summer, he couldn’t help but get excited.
    When he found out it was Rockets guard Rafer Alston, a fellow Queens, N.Y. native, Anderson was thrilled.

    “When they told me it was Rafer, I was like, ‘I’m cool with that, because he knows how we are,’ ” said Anderson, a sophomore forward at Alston’s alma mater, Benjamin Cardozo High School. “Some of the other NBA players, they act like they can’t talk to nobody, act like they can’t reach out to their community. But Rafer, he just blew my mind, gave me another perspective.”

    Read the full story in today’s Houston Chronicle. (Photo courtesy Maurice Wingate, NYCHoops.net)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.