Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:02 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2012 8:08 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver
Oklahoma City Thunder center Nazr Mohammed has never made a 3-pointer during 785 regular season games. That streak continues. But not for a lack of hilarious trying!
Mohammed tried to be a hero as the first quarter came to a close during a Wednedsay night game against the lowly Washington Wizards. As another Washington possession failed through the carelessness of forward Andray Blatche, Mohammed found himself with the ball in his hands with 5.7 remaining on the clock. Unfortunately, there was also 1.5 seconds remaining on the Wizards' 24-second shot clock, which had not yet reset, and Mohammed got confused, thinking the final seconds of the quarter were ticking off.
He responded the only possible way: instead of getting out into a 2-on-1 fastbreak with guard James Harden, he heaved a half court attempt in an effort to duplicate the recent buzzer-beating success of guys like Los Angeles Lakers guard Darius Morris (here) and San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (here), who each hit 50-footers this week.
Instead, Mohammed's attempt hit nothing but air, and the ball turned back over to Washington with 2.7 seconds left. Whoops! This exact shot attempt has been made by every person attempting to play NBA 2K12 for the first time in their lives.
Here's the video of Oklahoma City Thunder center Nazr Mohammed's half court airball with time remaining.
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:05 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2011 7:52 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver.
Social networking: it's not just for your teenage daughter and the dork that lives next door any more.
The NBA has opened an official, verified Twitter account -- @NBA_Labor -- to add their message to the labor discussion during the ongoing lockout. The account's profile promises to provide "Collective Bargaining news and facts directly from the NBA office."
The account currently boasts more than 1,000 followers, even though it has only posted four messages. All four attempt to correct the record on a labor issue, whether it's the amnesty clause, player compensation or the all-important revenue split.
On Wednesday, the account sent a message to Detroit Pistons forward Charlie Villanueva and Oklahoma City Thunder center Nazr Mohammed to dispute their understanding of the revenue split.
"Owners last proposal was a 50/50 equal split of BRI, the agreed-upon revenue share between the league & players," the message read. The National Basketball Players Association disputes that the owners offered a true 50/50 split because of the deductions taken off prior to the splitting process.
The NBA's official account then retweeted the message to its more than 3 million followers.
Mohammed replied: "Don't tweet me during this lockout! Isn't that a fine or something lol?!?! #NBALockout That's hilarious! I can't workout at our team's facilities or have contact with coaches but @NBA_Labor & @NBA can harass me on twitter lol SMH"
Mohammed is referencing the NBA's gag order, which provides NBA players and their teams from having contact during the lockout.
Correcting the record is one thing and a noble goal, but this feels like a heavy-handed and petty approach from the league, especially when no real negotiations are taking place.
NBA players: there is only one way to respond. Hit that block button and lock out the league from your Twitter feeds. Make this a lockout blockout.
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:04 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 9:25 am
Posted by Royce Young
Nazr Mohammed is sticking around for a little while longer in Oklahoma City. The Thunder announced today that they have agreed to a contract extension with the veteran big man.
I guess when he randomly tweeted "Thunder Up!!!!" and "Today is a good day!!!! #Blessed" this morning, we should've seen the writing on the wall.
“We are pleased to be able to keep Nazr in the Thunder family,” said Presti. “He is a valuable part of our organization both on and off the floor. His professionalism, experience, and on-court play have had a positive impact on our young and evolving roster.”
Mohammed is entering his 14th NBA season and was a productive piece to the Thunder's playoff run last season. He was acquired from Charlotte for D.J. White and Morris Peterson and gave Oklahoma City a solid big man to play behind Kendrick Perkins. The Thunder lacked size inside and Mohammed not only was a good physical defender, but added a little timely offense at times too.
Terms of the deal weren't entirely disclosed but it is a one-year deal. Mohammed would've become an unrestricted free agent July 1 if OKC didn't reach an agreement with him. It's probably in the $2 million range. As Tom Ziller pointed out, that means OKC has a frontcourt of Mohammed, Perkins, Ibaka and Collison all locked up for a total of $14 million. That's almost what Tyson Chandler made last year alone.
The Thunder have young big men waiting in Cole Aldrich and Byron Mullens but clearly don't see either of those as ready to step in and fill rotation minutes. I thought if the Thunder let Mohammed walk that meant they thought Aldrich was ready to play. Evidently not.
Presti raved about Mohammed's professionalism and work ethic after the trade deadline when he was acquired having known him in San Antonio. Mohammed is the ideal Thunder veteran -- someone that contributes both on and off the court, handles himself in the most professional manner, is fine with whatever role he's given and is ready to play meaningful minutes at any moment.
There was a little question as to if Mohammed would be retained, but clearly the Thunder values the big man. Yeah, the CBA negotiations are coming and people are worried about the new future of the league, but a minor contract like this doesn't worry the Thunder. It's no big surprise here that Mohammed's back in the mix for the Thunder again next year.
Next up: Settling Daequan Cook's situation.
Posted on: January 3, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 5:48 pm
Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will miss the rest of the 2010-2011 NBA season after an MRI confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon, the team announced on Monday.
Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2010-11 season after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon. Diop suffered the injury during the second quarter of Friday’s game against Golden State.
The 7-0 Diop, who was acquired by the Bobcats via trade on Jan. 16, 2009, has appeared in 552 career NBA games spread between Cleveland, New Jersey, Dallas and Charlotte. He has career averages of 2.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while shooting .433 from the field. This season, he appeared in 16 games with averages of 1.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 11.3 minutes.Diop, despite standing seven feet tall and being drafted in the lottery, isn't very good at basketball. He's played sparingly for the Bobcats this season, averaging 1.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and .9 blocks in 11.3 minutes in 16 appearances, all off the bench.
Diop is in his 10th season as a pro, and his current contract runs through the 2012-2013 season. He makes $6.5 million this season and will be paid $6.9 million next year and $7.3 million in the final year of his deal.
The Bobcats have found themselves in a number of trade rumors this year (here, here and here), and Charlotte surely wouldn't have minded moving Diop's contract in a larger trade. Indeed, his name was brought up in recent rumored trades involving Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller.
This injury news makes that trade possibility a bit more remote, although not impossible, because most teams would have traded for him as a salary number rather than as a player.
In Diop's absence, the Bobcats and new coach Paul Silas will continue to use Nazr Mohammed and Kwame Brown in the middle.
Posted on: December 3, 2010 3:33 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 3:37 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Remember how everyone jumped all over the Free Kevin Love bandwagon? Remember how outraged people were when they'd look at a box score and see 24 minutes next to Love name, along with 19 points, 14 rebounds? Remember how when he got his chance at consistent playing time, he joined a list that had Moses Malone on it with a 31-point, 31-rebound performance?
Well, where's the outrage for Tyrus Thomas?
The Charlotte Bobcats forward is averaging just 21.3 minutes a night, yet putting up career-best numbers in points per game, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. His blocks and rebounds are just barely off his career-highs. And yet, Larry Brown continues to give Thomas erratic playing time, despite the fact that the pillowy Boris Diaw and Nazr Mohammed are the Bobcats starting frontcourt.
Actually, this might make even less sense than sitting Kevin Love.
So of course if Thomas is sitting, it must be defense, right? Brown coaches defense and that's what the Bobcats do so well. But Brett Hainline of Queen City Hoops had a great look at it:
If it is defense that is forcing Larry’s hand – my numbers can’t find it. With Tyrus on the court this year, the Bobcats have allowed an efficiency of 104.0 and it goes to 106.5 with him off the court. Looks solid for him. Ok – how about individually? Tyrus is among the team leader’s in slowing down his opponent, allowing 1.8 fewer points per 100 possessions to his man than expected. Nazr and Derrick Brown bring up the rear on this at 6.7 and 5.1 more per 100, and Kwame is only slightly in front of Tyrus at -2.4. For allowed PER, Tyrus has surrendered a PER of 1.2 points below expected, with Nazr at 6.75 above, Derrick at 5.19 above and Kwame at 0.59 below.The most minutes Thomas has seen this season is 34. His numbers that night: 26 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four blocks. In games where Thomas has seen over 25 minutes (four games), he's averaging 22.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 2.0 bpg. Thomas has a PER of 23.56, which ranks him 11th in the entire league. And third among power forwards.
Yet he's only getting 22 minutes a game and on some nights, as low as 14? How in the world does this make any sense for a team that's 6-12 and is desperately looking for an offense spark anywhere it can find it?
Thomas is only 24 years old and could realistically be a centerpiece in Charlotte's future. His game is still raw, but clearly he's developing. Despite seeing the most erratic playing time of his career, he's producing his best season yet.
Larry Brown is considered one of the great coaches in the NBA, but this almost just seems like some kind of power play with Thomas. It's like Brown has his rotation set and that's what he's going with. He will not be persuaded by some young player that's putting up a nice season. Boris Diaw and his doughy body must play!
For comparison's sake, Diaw is getting 35.6 minutes a game and averaging 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds a night. So it's not like Diaw is simply playing so awesome that Thomas can't find the floor. Again, Charlotte's interior is made up of Diaw, Mohammed, Derrick Brown, DeSagana Diop and Kwame Brown. How is Tyrus Thomas having trouble finding the floor with that group around him?
And it's not like the Bobcats are an especially exciting team either. Nobody on that roster really fires up the fanbase. I don't think anyone is flooding the gates to see Eduardo Najera take a charge. Thomas, along with Gerald Wallace, are the two most athletic, talented and exciting players on the team. If anything else, people might enjoy watching Thomas swat a few shots or dunk over someone. Forget the fact that he's playing the best basketball of his young career. He's at least something to watch!
It's one thing when you're winning. It's another when you're losing and not playing your most talented players. Maybe Thomas is in Brown's doghouse for some reason. Maybe this is some kind of player development tactic. Or maybe it's just stupidity.
Posted on: September 22, 2010 11:24 am
Edited on: September 22, 2010 3:26 pm
Posted by Matt Moore
Charlotte lost its starting point guard and its starting center, and didn't really add any players of huge significance.So what's going to get them through this year? Larry Brown and defense, the formula proven to work. The big thing to watch with the Cats this season is if they make another trade. Larry Brown has opted for a trade to his roster every year in a big way, and despite initial criticisms, the deals have been huge successes for the most part. We continue our Preseason Primers with a stop at the Cats.
Training camp site: UNC-Wilmington
Training camp starts: Sept. 28
Key additions: Shaun Livingston (free agency), Matt Carroll (trade), Eduardo Najera (trade), Dominic McGuire (free agency), Kwame Brown (free agency)
Key subtractions: Raymond Felton (free agency), Tyson Chandler (trade), Alexis Ajinca (trade), Theo Ratliff (free agency)
Likely starting lineup: D.J. Augustin (PG), Stephen Jackson (SG), Gerald Wallace (SF), Boris Diaw (Boris Diaw position), Nazr Mohammed (C)
Player to watch: Tyrus Thomas. Thomas is at yet another "time to show what he can do" moment (seemingly the ninth of his career). With the new contract the Bobcats rewarded himself with, he's no longer the young'n working on becoming legit. He's got to actually develop and identity. He doesn't need to be Josh Smith with his overall athletic dynamism or a premier lockdown defender. But he's got to develop a set role on the floor that translates with his abilities. And stop shooting that mid-range jumper! But if he's able to effectively translate that athleticism he still has into production, consistently , it'll go a long way to putting him in a higher tier among NBA forwards. Time for Larry Brown to work his Magic again.
Chemistry quiz: It's a delicate act the Cats have put together. Gerald Wallace is the strong, mostly silent type. Captain Jack is very much not. Tyrus Thomas is surly and brash. D.J. Augustin is well-natured but has bore the brunt of Larry Brown's particular attitude towards young point guards. The Cats have a fascinating cast of characters, and that's before you factor the possibility of Antoine Walker making it to camp. The Cats though don't really have many chemistry quirks. They have the alpha dog in Stephen Jackson, a franchise mainstay leader in Gerald Wallace, and a roster that understands it has to buy what Larry Brown's selling or they'll never see the light of day.
Injury watch: The Bobcats loaded up on centers last year, only to watch all of them wind up injured and missing time. Gerald Wallace bounced back from a disastrous 2009-2010 season that featured a collapsed lung and missed only six games last season. Boris Diaw has, ahem, conditioning issues. And, oh, yeah, their backup point guard suffered one of the most devastating knee injuries in recent NBA history. So they've got a number of things to keep a trainer's eye on.
Camp battles: Point guard is going to be a messy, messy affair without Raymond Felton around. D.J. Augustin has been the player the Cats had hoped would overtake Felton for years, and he's never gotten there. Now he's got no real choice and if he doesn't get it together this year their clock may run out on him. Shaun Livingston has a great opportunity to really push for a starting gig, but his body hasn't been the same since the injury.
Power forward's another interesting spot. Diaw has the best skill set, but Tyrus Thomas has the new contract and the potential. That one could get messy as Thomas has become more authoritative this summer about his career. He's no longer unsure of himself now that he's out of Chicago.
Biggest strength: Defense, plain and simple. The Cats were best in defensive efficiency last season , and that's how they made the playoffs. The Cats managed to work effectively in both man situations and man-help. They communicate well, have athletic players all over the floor, and gun it 100% of effort, the most important element. The want-to is there and that's how they win games. Losing Raymond Felton will do some damage in that regard, as will their question marks at center. But they have enough talent, and most importantly, they have Larry Brown at the helm.
Glaring weakness: Talent. The Bobcats brought in an offensive weapon to save their putrid scoring last year in Stephen Jackson, but he's no spring chicken. Gerald Wallace is a tremendous talent, but not great at creating his own shot. And other than that, the Cats don't have a single consistent offensive weapon, and they are far from having a superstar. They've elected to build through trades, and that means improving value each time, but also watering down the talent level. Unless Gerald Henderson makes a huge leap, the Cats won't change much in that regard this season.