Thursday, October 17, 2013

BBN Report - Nazr Mohammed profile

6'10" 220 lbs
Chicago, Illinois
15 seasons
career: 6.3 ppg 5.0 rpg 16.9 mpg
2012/13: 2.6 ppg 3.1 rpg 11.0 mpg
'96 & '98 NCAA Champion
2005 NBA Champion

Nazr is the last of Rick Pitino's high flying Kentucky Wildcats that is still playing in the NBA.  While in Lexington he rode the bench as a 300 pound freshman, playing sparingly as team cut the nets down in 1996. After he got in shape, he became a key player on the '97 team that lost to Arizona in the National Championship final game; it was also the last game of the Pitino era.  The 1997/98 season ushered in the Tubby Smith era of UK hoops with a National title.  Nazr entered the NBA draft after his junior season.

Nazr was the 29th overall pick in the 1998 draft.  He was selected by the Utah Jazz and traded to the Sixers on draft night.  Larry Brown showed him no love at all for two and a half seasons in Philly, then his career received a spark when he was shipped off to Atlanta in a deal that involved Dikembe Mutombo.  He has spent the majority of his NBA career as a journeyman, playing for eight different teams.  The 2004/05 season was the most successful of Mohammed's career as he helped the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Pistons in seven games; he was the starting center for all 23 post season games for the Spurs.

Nazr currently plays for his hometown team, the Chicago Bulls.  He joined them last season and fits in perfectly with their gritty hard-nosed mentality.  The video above shows him receiving the pass from another former Kentucky player, Marquis Teague.  Everyone involved with the organization and the fan base is hoping he will be able to finish his playing career the same way he began it... as a champion.

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