Miami Heat workout UFA Nazr Mohammed (Sep 1 12:00 ET )
The Heat, looking to add another veteran center to their roster, summoned unrestricted free agent Nazr Mohammed for a workout and meeting with team executives on Thursday.
One of the topics discussed Thursday morning on 670-AM WSCRs Mully and Hanley Show, on which this writer is a weekly contributor, was the Bulls already utilizing a seven-man rotation in early March, as the team approaches a six-game home stand beginning with Friday nights game against Memphis at the United Center. Since his squad has gotten healthy cross your fingers that All-Star center Joakim Noahs thumb injury is nothing serious Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has essentially used only sixth man Taj Gibson and backup point guard D.J. Augustin, both of whom basically play starters minutes, off the bench, with rookie swingman Tony Snell and veteran center Nazr Mohammed to fill in the gaps. This isnt really anything new for Thibodeau, but before theres a public outcry consisting of the typical refrain that hes overworking his roster, consider that not only are individual minutes down for the Bulls, but the coach has given them more days off from practice this season than in any season in his four-year tenure, including the lockout-shortened 2011-12 campaign.
After over a decade in the NBA, Nazr Mohammed was finally able to come back home to Chicago when he signed with the Bulls in 2012. In his acceptance speech, Mohammed acknowledged he didn't start his charity, The Nazr Mohammed Foundation, until later in his career.
WASHINGTON -- The Sixers play a much-improved Wizards team Monday afternoon. Washington has won three of its last four with a win over Miami and two over the Bulls, the very two teams that the Sixers lost to by a combined 40 points over their last two games. Tony Wroten, who sprained his right ankle in Saturday's loss at Chicago, is in a walking boot and was unable to suit up for Monday's matinee in D.C. In 36 games, he is averaging 13 points and 3.3 rebounds. There is good news though: The injury may not be as bad as it initially appeared when Wroten went down after Nazr Mohammed stepped on his ankle.
It was everything one has come to expectdefensive-oriented, predicated upon rebounding and with long stretches of sloppy offensive basketballbut the Bulls (14-18) 91-84 win over the Hawks (18-16) Saturday night at the United Center represented the identity the team has forged in recent seasons in all of its workmanlike glory. Without durable power forward Carlos Boozer, who missed his first game of the season with a sore right knee, the Bulls still managed to build a slim cushion in the opening period behind the play of his replacement, Taj Gibson (10 points, 12 rebounds, three blocked shots), and All-Star small forward Luol Deng (17 points, 11 rebounds, three steals). Ex-Bull Kyle Korvers record streak of consecutive games with a made three-pointer was extended 103 straight contests in the early going, but the Bulls dominance on the boardsincluding contributions from veteran backup center Nazr Mohammedand continued unselfishness on offense kept Atlanta at bay. Despite a buzzer-beating layup from Hawks sixth man Lou Williams to end the frame, the Bulls held a 26-18 lead after a quarter of play.