Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was supposed to be the missing link that would bring the Denver Nuggets to the basketball promised land. Instead, he became something -- and someone -- entirely different.
Even in his darkest of days, Abdul-Rauf says he never forgets about the importance of his family. "They are everything to me," he says. "I just want to raise my children the best that I can."
At the height of his career with the Denver Nuggets, Abdul-Rauf shows Michael Jordan that he has more than enough moves to compete against the greatest of all-time.
Possibly Abdul-Rauf's greatest professional game: The night he scored a career-high 51 points against the Utah Jazz.
Chris Jackson was coming off his second All-American season at Louisiana State University when the Nuggets made him a first-round draft choice -- and an instant multi-millionaire. Two years later, he became Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.