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Originally published April 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM | Page modified April 2, 2014 at 2:01 PM

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Rewind: Live chat with former Sonic Zaid Abdul-Aziz


Zaid Abdul-Aziz enjoyed a 10-year NBA career with six teams.

He played two stints with the Seattle SuperSonics from 1970-72 and in 1976. His best pro season came in 1971-72 with Seattle when he averaged 13.8 ppg and 11.3 rpg.

It was during the 1975-76 season in which he changed his name from Don Smith to Zaid Abdul-Aziz after converting to Islam.

His memoir, Darkness to Sunlight, which tells the stories of his basketball career, personal challenges and spiritual journey came out in 2006.

Abdul-Aziz answered questions about his playing days with the Sonics, his time as a Muslim pro athlete and more in a live chat on April 2.




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