Nazr Mohammed is a hometown hero

Nazr Mohammed - photo by Tammie Brown |
Nazr Mohammed – photo by Tammie Brown |

A Chicago native scored the first basket — in fact, the first five points — of the Bulls’ preseason-opening win over the Pacers. That same South Sider also led the team in blocked shots and tied for the high rebounding total in Monday’s win over the Grizzlies in St. Louis, which should let you know that the player isn’t Derrick Rose.

Nazr Mohammed, 36, started the Bulls’ first two exhibition games in place of injured All-Star center Joakim Noah, and while his statistics weren’t gaudy, the veteran has proved that even in his 16th season, he still has plenty to contribute. When Noah returns from his strained groin, Mohammed’s minutes will likely dwindle, but his disposition won’t change.

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