Nazr Mohammed RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
For me, I believe that extra year at UK would have helped in the development of my skills and knowledge of the game. Barring any injuries, it could have helped me get my body more ready for the rigors of the NBA, as well as provide me with the opportunity to learn more about the connection between diet and performance. To this day, I feel that I lost some of my natural scoring ability in the post by sitting on the bench for my first two and a half seasons. Sitting out during that time I lost some of my ability to feel the defense with my body while scoring through contact. That happens from lack of live basketball reps. No one is going to give you enough opportunities to get your feel back during games. Practices during the season are limited and live action almost never happens in NBA practices. There was no NBDL when I entered the NBA.
Despite all my NBA accomplishments, I left college without my degree…and that has always bothered me. I am currently 21 hours short of my degree from UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics in Business Management. I wish I had just stayed for my senior year and graduated with the rest of my class. I did take classes for two summers after the Draft, but then life and my pursuit to earn more playing time got in the way of me continuing my education. I still want to earn my degree and receive a diploma that reads “University of Kentucky.” It’s a personal goal of mine that I hope to make happen. A degree is a real achievement, something to be proud of, something you tell your kids about. Oh, and by the way, a degree isn’t just about your education. It’s about showing your ability to start and complete the task at hand.
Nazr Mohammed: The morning after you played Shaq, it always felt like you were in a fight. You were sore from head to toe. This probably won’t shock people, but Shaq was the most dominant big man I’ve ever faced. He’s in a class of his own. Shaq’s the player who kept me up at night wondering, “How the hell am I going to stop him?” Or, more realistically, slow him down, because nobody could stop him. Taking away his move meant not giving him a dunk, which of course is setting your defensive bar pretty low. It also meant sacrificing your body by trying to stop a 320+ pound man from getting to his sweet spot on the court.
Nazr Mohammed: Rasheed was an underappreciated talent. His touch from anywhere on the floor was just ridiculous. You couldn’t ask for more from an inside-out guy. He could knock down the three-point shot — with both hands — or take you into the post. I played with and against Sheed throughout my career, so I got a couple of different views of him. As an opponent, he was tough to guard because he had this deadly shot with a really high release. He also perfected what I call “The High Booty Back Down.”
Nazr Mohammed: Frustrating. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about what it’s like to guard Dirk Nowitzki. When you looked at Dirk, even when he was younger, you saw that he wasn’t fast, he wasn’t athletic and he wasn’t strong. You don’t encounter many guys at this level who don’t check off at least one of those boxes. So it was easy to go into the match up feeling pretty good about your odds. But the qualities that make Dirk one of the best players in history aren’t visible immediately. It’s his combination of skill, touch and balance that’s had big men saying “Damn!” for nearly 20 years now.
Nazr Mohammed: Whenever a player comes into the NBA with hype, the rest of the league looks forward to seeing if the guy is for real. All those draft busts throughout the years were created by us. Players who come in with the most hype have to be ready for their opponents to come with their A-game, because everybody wants a piece of them. When Yao was coming into the NBA, everyone was licking their chops. I was excited to play against him. You get up to play guys like that. I wanted to see if he was as good as he was built up to be. Everything you read about him made him sound almost like a folk hero. Here you have one of the most fundamentally sound players in the world, and he comes in a 7-foot-6, 300-pound package. Come on! Yeah, right. The first time I sat down to watch him play a full game, the Rockets were facing Shaq’s Lakers on Christmas Day. Like a lot of people, I came away from that game thinking, “Damn, this guy can ball.” Guys his size generally just aren’t able to move like he could. There was a certain grace about him despite his size.
Nazr Mohammed: His trash talking was renowned and it certainly wasn’t a novelty act. It actually made him a much more difficult player to guard. KG could beat you with so many moves on the court, but his trash talking was a weapon too. It was like another move. His words, when combined with his skills, would cause opponents to overreact. They’d get so caught up in what he’d say that they’d lose focus on everything else going on around them. Players would eventually try to be more physical with him out of frustration and commit dumb fouls in the process. He’d face you up, hit a jump shot and verbally destroy you with his mastery of profane words in The King’s English. It actually gave him a tactical advantage in such an emotional game. His trash talk could make you a less effective player. It made you want to run through a screen set by him instead of around it.