Former Wildcat Nazr Mohammed has decided to retire from the NBA. Mohammed played 17 seasons and played on 8 different teams. Mohammed provided significant minutes from the bench and will be missed throughout the league.
Mohammed recently wrote about his experiences on his blog stating, “So, if I’m really being honest with myself, I want to play basketball, but if I had to sign today or tomorrow, the answer would be “No!!” I look at it like this: I’m not willing to play the role that I’ll be needed for right now, which is to provide veteran leadership, a locker room presence, insurance in case someone gets hurt, etc. In a few months, if the right team that has an identity and a need for what I bring calls me, then maybe.”
“This is the first time in 17 years that I’m not playing in an NBA training camp. It’s kind of bittersweet.
The bitter/sad part is that I’m conditioned, mentally and physically, to be playing ball right now. Between high school, college and the pros, I’ve been accustomed to getting in my best shape during this time of the year for almost 25 years now. I’ve been working out a lot and getting prepared (from force of habit) as if I were playing. I have personal goals as far as staying in shape, and it so happens to keep me prepared to play basketball.”