Posts Tagged ‘Nazr Mohammed’

The Chicago Bulls visit the White House

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Usually NBA teams get to pay a visit to the White House after winning an NBA championship, where they spend a moment with the President and smile and take a few pictures. But the Chicago Bulls have a special hook-up — President Barack Obama is from Chicago and is on record as a Bulls fan. So last night with a night off in Washington D.C., the Bulls took a team visit to the White House. Luckily we have their social media accounts to document the trip…

Aaron Brooks‘ selfie game is strong, even in the White House…

But so is Nazr Mohammed‘s…

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Mr. President

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I don't think I look half bad dressed up a little.

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Nick Collison’s Mom Needs Better Autocorrect

by Micah Hart

Thunder big man Nick Collison tweeted this hilarious screen capture of a text-message conversation with his mom gone awry:

The, ahem, “nazi” Collison’s mom is referring to is Nick’s Thunder teammate Nazr Mohammed, a Kentucky alum, whose Wildcats will be facing Collison’s Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA championship game on Monday night.

Moms. Gotta love em.

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Three for all: Oklahoma City Thunder

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Oklahoma City Thunder, who played three straight from Jan 6-8.

It took six tries, but we’ve finally seen a team pull off the undefeated three-play. I actually wasn’t sure we’d see a team survive the gauntlet all season, but as @tasmelas pointed out on Twitter last night, so far teams are undefeated in the third games of the stretch. Go figure.

Game 1: Thunder 109, Rockets 94 – Seems to me a big leg-up in handling these stretches is getting off to a fast start in Game 1 so you can conserve some energy. OKC led this game by 17 at the break, and barely broke a sweat in getting the home win. 2 points (1 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

Game 2: Thunder 98, Rockets 95 – Playing the same opponent on consecutive nights (we’ve seen the Nuggets and Lakers do this already), the Thunder get a 17-point contribution from Nazr Mohammed (unlikely) and some clutch shooting down the stretch from Kevin Durant (quite likely) to hold off the Rockets on the road. The only downside was losing Eric Maynor to a knee injury in this game, most likely for the season. 4 points (3 for win, 1 for road)

Game 3: Thunder 108, Spurs 96 – Oklahoma City finishes in style with another impressive double-digit win, and shows why so many have them pegged as NBA Finals participants for this season. You may think this team is all Durant and Russell Westbrook, but the OKC bench had three players in double figures in this game, including 11 and four assists from rookie Reggie Jackson, who stepped in in place of the injured Maynor. 6 points (5 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

The Hawks reign was short-lived, as the Thunder finish one point shy of the max they could earn given their schedule, and assume the top spot with 12 total points.

Up next: The Minnesota Timberwolves get their Rubio on with three games in a row Jan. 8-10: at Washington, at Toronto, and home to Chicago.

Three for all Scoreboard:
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 3 Kentucky

by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. In this matchup we’ve got some Wildcat-on-Wildcat action as Arizona takes on Kentucky.


Arizona Wildcats

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Andre Iguodala, Sixers: 18.6 points, 7.8 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 2.1 steals
Richard Jefferson, Spurs: 17.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 blocks, 0.8 steals
Channing Frye, Suns: 18.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.9 steals
Chase Budinger, Rockets: 21.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.2 steals
Jason Terry, Mavericks: 24.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 0.2 blocks, 1.7 steals

Missed the cut: Gilbert Arenas, Magic; Jerryd Bayless, Raptors; Mike Bibby, Heat; Jordan Hill, Rockets; Mustafa Shakur, Wizards; Luke Walton, Lakers

Team synopsis: Leave Agent Zero on the bench? Am I crazy? Maybe. But this competition wants the players currently playing the best, not who has the best resume. Arenas just isn’t playing at the same level anymore, and both Budinger and Frye are having better seasons. This is a dangerous Arizona team, with a lot of players who can fill up the stat sheet in a number of ways.