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Rafer Jamel Alston, a.k.a. Skip To My Lou or Skip 2 My Lou, (born July 24, 1976 in New York City) is currently a basketball player for the NBA's Houston Rockets.

Alston grew up in New York City in Jamaica, Queens as a street basketball legend and has received most of his recognition for that aspect of his career. Alston was drafted after his junior season at Fresno State by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round, 39th pick overall of the 1998 NBA Draft.

His nickname Skip To My Lou stemmed from his tenure with the North American street basketball tour, the And 1 Mix Tape Tour, and the ESPN TV show, Street Ball. It is said that during a streetball tournament at the legendary Rucker Park in Harlem Alston once performed what most would regard as an impossible move: During a fastbreak, he supposedly glided in the paint for a layup attempt but made a change of plans in the air as he rolled the ball down his right arm, across his shoulder and down his left arm to a trailing player for a finishing dunk.

Following a recently tumultuous tenure with the Toronto Raptors, Alston was traded to the Houston Rockets for guard Mike James on October 4, 2005. Although Alston frequently was criticized for his attitude while in Toronto, it is believed that Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy conferred with his brother, Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, who coached Alston during the 2003-2004 NBA season, about Alston's work ethic and attitude. Jeff Van Gundy's reputation for toughness and his ability to get the most out of players previously considered "trouble-makers" or "temperamental" (e.g. Latrell Sprewell) should allow Alston to turn a new page in his career.

Alston was arrested in 1998 for violation of parole. Alston pleaded no contest in 1997 to assaulting his former girlfriend and was required to complete a one-year anger-management course as part of his probation. Alston failed to complete the course and an arrest warrant was summoned. Alston was released and completed his sentence.


Career transactions[]

  • Played in the Continental Basketball Association with the Idaho Stampede.
  • Signed as a free agent with the Miami Heat for the 2003-2004 season.
  • Signed as a free agent with the Toronto Raptors through the 2004-2005 season.

External links[]

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