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Doing It On D

There are many things that Luc Richard Mbah A Moute does in a given NBA game that don’t ever show up in a box score.

But those that watch this Buck play know what to look for.

Luc Richard has been getting attention for his defensive merits all season and as the season closes and the awards race heats up, No. 12 is getting mention in the Defensive Player of the Year award category.

In a recent ESPN column, Maurice Brooks takes a shot at predicting the league’s biggest awards. Sitting at No. 4 in the DPOY category is Luc Richard, said Brooks:

“4. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Bucks: If you’re looking for a versatile defender who can cover four positions, rebound, block shots and lock down on the opponent’s top scorer, he’s your man.

Kevin Durant named Mbah a Moute one of the toughest defenders in the league after the Bucks roughed up KD for 48 minutes back in January.”

No. 12 once again played a strong role last night in the Milwaukee Bucks’ 107-89 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Along with his solid defense, No. 12 shot 50 percent from the field, finishing with eight points and two assists.

Luc continued his streak of keeping plays alive for the Bucks on Tuesday, racking up four more offensive rebounds (5 total). Over his last three games, Luc has pulled down 20 rebounds, 14 of which have come on the offensive side of the ball.

FEAR THE DEER
In a recent column for USA Today, Mike Dodd looks at the Bucks’ postseason aspirations and sees a reason for optimism in Milwaukee that hasn’t been around in a long time:

After eight consecutive seasons with 40 or more losses, the Milwaukee Bucks no longer resemble an organization staring blindly into the headlights.

One of the NBA’s hottest teams, the Bucks (41-32) could clinch their first playoff berth in four years this weekend and appear primed to make it an annual appearance after nearly two decades of false starts.

They have won 17 of their last 21 after Tuesday’s victory at home against the Los Angeles Clippers, stood fifth in the Eastern Conference and even have spawned a slogan that is catching on all over town, « Fear the Deer. »

« They’re deceptively good, » Atlanta Hawks guard Maurice Evans said after the Bucks beat them last week in a possible preview of a playoff matchup. « You look at their roster … and you say, ‘This isn’t a team that’s going to win a championship or go deep in the playoffs.’ But somehow they’re still able to contend and earn that respect. »

Luc and his mates can make a real statement in the Fear the Deer campaign tonight when they travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers and Lebron James.

No. 12 dropped a double, double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in a 92-85 win over the Cavaliers at home March 6. Tip-off is 6:00 p.m. CST and you can check out the game on FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED STORIES
NBA Awards Watch (ESPN, March 31, 2010)
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/awards?page=awards-100330
The Deer to Fear (USA Today, March 31, 2010)
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/bucks/2010-03-30-bucks-cov…

 

Fans Give Thanks

Over the past weekend, Luc Mbah a Moute held a contest on Twitter, and some lucky winners got a chance to meet him the following day.


Luc meeting fans on Sunday morning. 

A number of people showed up early Sunday at the Bradley Center, receiving « Moute Kicks Boute » t-shirts and tickets to see the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Memphis Grizzlies. It turned out to be a memorable contest, with the Bucks emerging victorious in overtime, 108-103.

A few contest winners were good enough to write MbahaMoute12.com about what it was like meeting one of the best defenders — and most genuine people — in the NBA.

Thanks Luc for the tickets and t-shirts! We really enjoyed the game. Nice little talk about the World Cup this summer. He’s the nicest guy and we are proud to have him representing Milwaukee (not to mention the awesome D lol). We enjoy your website and love all the shirts. Keep up the good work Luc see ya soon. — Cameroon Crazies, Randi and Christine

Real people do real things. A great guy and Im proud to have a guy like Luc on the Milwaukee Bucks. Fear the Deer! Moute Kicks Boute — Timothy Williams

Hi, I was one of the winners of the twitter trivia contest (on twitter I am @TheronJay). I think the twitter contest was a really clever idea to reach out to fans. It was really cool to meet you, the first time I’ve met an NBA player in person. My girlfriend came along and really liked the Moute Kicks Boute shirt you gave her (she wondered if you knew there were actually two shirts in the package). Everyone who has seen that shirt thinks it’s clever. Then at the game I caught a shirt thrown in the crowd, the first time I’ve ever done something like that. It was neat to be part of the crowd going wild at the end of the game. I wish there had been more court time for you, but a win is a win. It was a real thrill being in the arena for a big victory after watching the team on TV all season – you can really tell this team is better in so many ways than in recent years. I’m excited for the playoffs and I’ll be watching for the next twitter trivia contest. All in all, it made for a great day. Thanks again! —  Theron Schultz

Thanks again to all of the contest participants, and keep an eye on Luc’s Twitter account for updates about new contests and great content here on www.MbahaMoute12.com!

 

Luc Stars on the Glass

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Milwaukee Bucks split a pair of home games this weekend, taking down the Memphis Grizzlies in a 108-103 overtime win, after dropping Friday night’s game to the Miami Heat, 87-74.

Luc Richard scored six points, but was a star on the offensive glass. Over the two weekend games, No. 12 grabbed 10 offensive rebounds.

Alex Boeder of Brew Hoop acknowledged Luc’s up-and-down night in the “Three Bucks” portion of Friday’s game report.

« Luc Mbah a Moute. Twelve points in the last three games, and that’s an aggregate, not an average. The Principal was full of rebounds and misses tonight, unable to put back the put-backs. Eight offensive rebounds is just terrific, 2-11 from the field, not so much. Mbah a Moute entered the night shooting 64.2 % at the rim, but this won’t help. Looks like 1-10 from what the ESPN box score terms « 0 feet » from the hoop. »

NEXT UP
Luc Richard and the Bucks get a chance at revenge Tuesday night when they take on the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Bucks lost 101-93 to L.A. on St. Patrick’s Day, a loss that snapped a six-game win streak. Tip-off is 7:00 CST at the Bradley Center and you can watch the action on FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED STORIES
Heat 87, Bucks 74: Hurting in Milwaukee (Brew Hoop, March 27, 2010)
http://www.brewhoop.com/2010/3/27/1392266/heat-87-bucks-74-hurting-in

 

The Stopper

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was business as usual this week, stopping Atlanta Hawks’ Joe Johnson on the team’s final two possessions securing a win for the Milwaukee Bucks, and swiping three steals in Wednesday’s loss to the 76ers.

Week in Review
In case you missed Luc Richard’s performances this week, here’s what happened:

3.23.2010 – Locking Down Johnson

Luc did what he does best…shut down stars, limiting Atlanta’s Joe Johnson twice in the final minute to secure a crucial victory for Milwaukee.

Quotable:

« It’s tough sometimes when you’re not in the game and your name gets called. But that’s the situation I’m in and you’ve got to embrace it and do your job. I just go out there and do what I do best, play defense. I just try to make it tough for them and it worked for us. My size always helps me out when I’m going against guards or wing players. » – Luc Richard

3.25.2010 – A Rare Home Loss
Luc’s five points, five boards and three steals went for naught in a loss to Philadelphia.

Quotable:

« While this wasn’t his finest hour, he was fine in 15 minutes, so it’s difficult to understand why Mbah a Moute didn’t play more. Elton Brand was a non-factor, The Prince came up with three steals in limited burn, and the rest of the Bucks couldn’t stop anyone. They needed points to keep up, but Luc made his way to the hoop for a couple baskets including a dunk early. » – Alex Boeder, Brew Hoop

NEXT UP
Luc Richard and the Bucks go for the season sweep against their Eastern Conference-rival, the Miami Heat.

Tip-off is tonight at 7:30 CST and you can see the game on FSN Wisconsin.

 

A Rare Home Loss

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute was strong despite limited minutes, but the Milwaukee Bucks suffered a rare home loss Wednesday to the Philadelphia 76ers, 101-86.

No. 12 was used sparingly, but played well on both sides of the ball while on the court. Luc scored four points early in the game, finishing with five, and swiped three steals.

Brew Hoop’s Alex Boeder wondered with Luc playing well, why he didn’t play more:

« While this wasn’t his finest hour, he was fine in 15 minutes, so it’s difficult to understand why Mbah a Moute didn’t play more. Elton Brand was a non-factor, The Prince came up with three steals in limited burn, and the rest of the Bucks couldn’t stop anyone. They needed points to keep up, but Luc made his way to the hoop for a couple baskets including a dunk early. »

DESIGNATED DEFENDER
Luc Richard knows that if you want to be the best, you have to guard the best.

In a recent piece Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote about coach Scott Skiles’ decision to challenge No. 12 with assignments on some of the top scorers in the league:

« Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute draws some tough assignments. In Milwaukee’s two previous games he was counted on to stop Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and Atlanta’s Joe Johnson with the games on the line. »

Luc was on Johnson in crunch time and came up aces, twice denying Johnson a good look and helping secure a crucial win for the Bucks against Atlanta.

« I just didn’t want to give him any space; he’s very crafty, » Mbah a Moute said. « I just tried to make him drive because I knew I had the help under the basket. »

No. 12 has been the designated defender from his arrival as a rookie. After a few practices, coach Scott Skiles said that Luc Richard was the team’s best defender. Luc’s defense is aided by his length, including a pair of long arms that can alter the shot of any player he finds himself defending.

« I love doing it and I want to be one of the best in the league at playing defense, » the 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute said. « I’m going to continue to strive and have my teammates helping me like they always have. »

NEXT UP
The Bucks look to shake off a big loss, when they take on an Eastern Conference-rival in the Miami Heat.

Luc Richard dropped nine points and grabbed seven rebounds on Feb. 27 against the Heat and with a win, Milwaukee will take the season sweep. Tip-off is at 7:30 CST and you can see the game on FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED ARTICLES
Recap: Sixers 101, Bucks 86 (Brew Hoop, March 25, 2010)
http://www.brewhoop.com/2010/3/25/1388894/sixers-101-bucks-86-philly-feels
Wednesday game report: Bucks vs. 76ers (MJS, March, 24, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/89085787.html

 

Locking Down Johnson

When they needed a defender to lockdown an opposing superstar in crunch time, the Milwaukee Bucks turned to Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

Milwaukee avenged a Feb. 28 overtime loss in Atlanta, taking down the visiting Hawks last night, 98-95, with stout defense in the final minutes.

No. 12 dropped two points, but he still made the difference in the game. After 17 minutes on the bench at the end of the game, he was called upon to do what he does best.

Atlanta star Joe Johnson drew Luc Richard on defense during the team’s last two possessions. Tom Enlund of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel described the plays:

« Two free throws by Salmons tied the game at 95-95 with 1:05 left, and Johnson missed a jumper over Mbah a Moute. Ridnour missed a jumper from the foul line but chased down a long rebound, and Salmons was fouled and made two free throws with 21.8 seconds left.

Coming out of a timeout, Johnson was again closely guarded by Mbah a Moute and ran the clock down before missing from the baseline. Ridnour made 1 of 2 free throws with 5 seconds left and Crawford missed a long three at the buzzer. »

Luc was on the bench when Kobe Bryant drained a game-winner over the Bucks on Dec. 16. But this time No. 12 got the call. Luc was ready to go in the time of need:

« It’s tough sometimes when you’re not in the game and your name gets called. But that’s the situation I’m in and you’ve got to embrace it and do your job. I just go out there and do what I do best, play defense. I just try to make it tough for them and it worked for us. My size always helps me out when I’m going against guards or wing players. »

PLAYOFF BOUND BUCKS
After winning 15 of their last 17, the Bucks trip to the playoffs seems inevitable, but their magic number is still eight and the Bucks know the importance of finishing strong.

At 39-30, Milwaukee has found a home in the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Luc Richard attributes the team’s success to poise:

« It’s just confidence. We have a lot of confidence. We always feel like we can win. Sometimes we start the game real well and we don’t have to fight so hard. But sometimes we start the game slow like today, but we have that confidence that we can find our way and we’ve been doing that. We don’t talk about it. It’s just a feel. Guys know the system now and they trust it. »

NEXT UP
Luc and the Bucks have a day to come down from their big win over the Hawks before they get back to work on Wednesday night when the Philadelphia 76ers visit Milwaukee.

The Bucks have split two games with the Sixers thus far, but have a chance to clinch take the lead in the season series with a win. Tip-off is at 7:00 CST and the game can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED STORIES

Bucks Rally Behind Salmons, beat Hawks (MJS, March 23, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/88880037.html
Salmons gets hot in fourth-quarter comeback (MJS, March 23, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/88886797.html
Bucks Know Who to Go to (Bucksketball, March 23, 2010)
http://www.bucksketball.com/2010/03/bucks-know-who-to-go-to-bucks-98-haw…

 

Luc Shines in Denver Win

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Milwaukee Bucks shook off a Wednesday night loss to the Clippers, and bounced back with two straight road wins over the weekend.

Luc connected on 3-7 shooting, and was a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line in Saturday night’s 102-97 win over Denver. No. 12 finished with 12 points, six boards and two assists.

Bucksketball called Saturday night « the signature road win you hear so much about. » With Andrew Bogut in early foul trouble, the Bucks stepped up big to defeat one of the Western Conference’s best teams, as Jeremy described it:

« The collective efforts of Delfino, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Salmons, Brandon Jennings and Thomas were terrific. With Bogut’s minutes limited due to foul trouble, the Bucks were allowing more offensive rebounds than they usually do, but somehow were able to keep it together defensively. »

Added Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

« But the Milwaukee Bucks captured one of their signature victories of a captivating season as they stunned the West’s No. 2 team, the Denver Nuggets, and used stifling defense to grab a 102-97 decision at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night. »

DE-THRONED
The Bucks opened the weekend in Sacramento where they took out the homebound Kings 114-108 on Friday night.

No. 12 scored four points on 2-4 from the field and pulled in five boards, but he did his best work on defense where he swiped three steals and registered a block to help the Bucks to victory.

A TOUGH COVER
Luc Richard got the call Saturday to try and shut down one of the league’s most prolific scorers in Carmelo Anthony.

As Gardner wrote, Luc did his job with help from his friends:

« The Bucks used a team effort to try to stymie Anthony, making him earn his points on 10-of-29 shooting. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute guarded him in the fourth quarter, and Salmons and Delfino also took turns against the Denver forward. »

Luc Richard has a lot of respect for Carmelo, and credited his teammates for helping to pick up the slack as he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

« He’s a tough player. He’s one of the top candidates for the MVP. He’s got the whole repertoire. He’s so skilled and you’re going to need your whole team to stop a player like that. Every time I thought I was beat, someone was there, Kurt taking charges and Ersan (Ilyasova). »

NEXT UP
From February 19th to March 14th, the Bucks won 12 of 13 games.

The only loss that kept them from a sparkling 13-game winning streak was a 106-102 overtime defeat to the Atlanta Hawks. The Bucks have now won 14 of 16 and have another chance at Atlanta tonight in Milwaukee.

The Hawks just clinched a playoff spot but Luc Richard and the Bucks can simultaneously avenge that lone loss and spoil Atlanta’s clinch party. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 CST and the game can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED STORIES

Exhausted Bucks players dig up enough energy (MJS, March 20, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/88745447.html
That Signature Road Win you hear about so much (Bucksketball, March 21, 2010)
http://www.bucksketball.com/2010/03/that-signature-road-win-you-hear-so-…
Mbah a Moute’s true position: Playmaker? (MJS, March 19, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/fanblogs/88623627.html

 

The Road Home

Luc Richard Mbah A Moute and the Milwaukee Bucks watched their six-game winning streak come to an unlikely end with a 101-93 loss Wednesday night to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Luc connected for six points, but was all over the backboard and secured eight rebounds, second most on the team.

But he did his best work on the offensive glass.

Of the 13 offensive rebounds between the two teams, No. 12 came down with five of them. Only one other player had more than one offensive rebound.

While the loss ended Milwaukee’s six-game winning streak, they’ve still won 12 of their last 14, with two six-game winning streaks broken up by a loss in Atlanta on February 28 and Wednesday night’s loss to LA.

ROAD TRIP
The Bucks will be primed to start another long win streak this weekend as they wrap up their Western Conference road trip with stops in Sacramento and Denver.

Friday night, Luc Richard and the Bucks travel to Sacramento for a 9:00 CST tip-off against the Kings.

The Kings (23-45) have been inconsistent all year, but have seen stellar play from Rookie of the Year-candidate Tyreke Evans (20.3PPG, 5.6APG). Luc’s teammate Brandon Jennings may be Evans’ biggest competition for the year-end award.

Luc scored 14 points against the Kings, shooting 5-5 from the field in the last meeting between the two teams.

Saturday night, Milwaukee looks to take down the Northwest-leading Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets have won eight of their last nine games and could be a true test for the surging Bucks.

Luc just missed out on a double-double in the Bucks last meeting with Denver on November 11 in Milwaukee. He scored 10 points, but pulled in only nine rebounds. Saturday night’s game tips off at 8 p.m. CST and both games can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED STORIES
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Clippers (ESPN, March 17, 2010)
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=300317012

 

Another Red Hot Weekend

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Milwaukee Bucks flexed their muscle this weekend, continuing their hunt for a playoff berth.

The Bucks rode a four-game win streak into an inter-conference matchup against the red-hot Utah Jazz on Friday. Both teams entered the game in the thick of their respective conference’s playoff hunt and although the Jazz held an eight-win advantage entering the game, that didn’t matter to Milwaukee.

Luc grabbed six rebounds, chipped in four points and had a steal as the Bucks dispatched the Utah Jazz, 95-87, on Friday night.

But that was only the beginning of the weekend and Milwaukee finished it just as strong, taking care of the Indiana Pacers 98-94 on Sunday night. Sunday night’s win was the Bucks’ fourth of the season over the Pacers and the sixth win in a row marked the team’s second streak of at least six straight victories in the last month.

Luc Richard, who dropped 10 points and grabbed six boards against the Pacers, downplayed the team’s recent success, speaking to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

« I think it’s a tough game just because it’s an early game and after all those big wins we had in a week, it might be hard to focus. But that’s why we need to pick up our focus even higher to make sure we finish the week up strong. And we need to do that because if you don’t do it then those wins we got earlier in the week won’t matter. »

CORE VALUES
The Bucks’ core group of players continues to excel with every game played together, and are garnering national attention under the defensive tutelage of coach Scott Skiles, as noted by FOX Sports:

Here are the ingredients of Scott Skiles favorite recipe for playing defense

« Quick hands constantly sniping the passing lanes. Perpetual hustle coupled with in-your-face aggression. Overplaying perimeter ball-handlers and forcing them into help spots. Nearby perimeter defenders flashing in and out of driving lanes to discourage quick ball-penetrations. Fairly efficient baseline rotations…Although he was out-sized by Mehmet Okur, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute never backed off. »

NEXT UP
Luc and the Bucks will put their six-game win streak on the line Wednesday night against the Clippers.

It’s the team’s first road game after being at home for the past four. Tip-off is at 9:30 CST and you can catch all the action on ESPN and FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED STORIES

Bucks downplay significance of Cleveland, Boston, Utah wins (MJS, March 13, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/fanblogs/87561907.html
Bucks finally have a bright future (FOX News, March 13,2010)
http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/03/13/bucks-finally-bright-future/

 

We’re on a Roll

We’ve been on this great run lately and it’s just a product of a group of guys learning to play together. We’re coming together as a team, finding ways to win. Having guys like John Salmons and Jerry Stackhouse in the lineup has also been good for us.

Stack is a veteran and it’s great having him on the team because he knows how to win. He understands the game so well and he only helps all the other guys around him. He’s teaching us the way to go in every game. He’s also been shooting the ball pretty well and he’s a guy we can send down into the post to get a basket for us. It’s always good to have a veteran like him on the team. He’s been good for our team.


« [Coach Skiles] has a great attitude as a tough, hard-nosed guy. » (Getty Images)

A big reason that we’re winning has been the team coming together and gelling. Everybody is developing a solid chemistry and we’re going to need that to continue winning and go far.

Brandon Jennings has been a big part of that. From the start of this season he has been playing really well. Even when he’s not shooting well, he’s always running the team, making plays. I think he’s been tremendous and the future is bright for him. We need him to continue to play at that level for us to be good.

I’ve been understanding the offense better as the season goes on. I know now where my shots are going to come from. I’ve also been being more aggressive, trying to make plays for the team. My teammates are finding me in the flow of the game. Running the floor, the guys usually do a good job of finding me when I’m open.

Everybody has figured out what they need to do in order for us to be good. Whether it’s defending, or running the team as Brandon does, getting back and getting rebounds like Andrew Bogut and John Salmons usually do. Everybody is finding their role within our system and that’s been good for us.

Coach Skiles has certainly been the glue to that. This summer he told us we were going to have a good year this year. He said we were going to be under the radar. You just have to keep working hard and trust him because he knows what he’s doing. He has a great attitude as a tough, hard-nosed guy. He’s created that same attitude within our team and that’s been good for us, helping us to the success we’ve had so far.

All the work has paid off and I appreciate all that he does. Coach makes practices hard. Right now, we don’t really go as hard because it is March and he knows it’s not the time to be banging bodies or anything like that. But practice is always very focused, very business-like. We come in, do what we’re supposed to do, go hard and then go home.

That focus has prepared us for what we’re facing as we try to get into the playoffs right now. It’s been good. What you go through in a tough practice, guys going hard at each other, it definitely prepares you for the way it will be on the floor later in the season. Practice is the foundation of what we do. Some people say you play like you practice. So if we practice hard and practice well then you should play well.

THE STOPPER
A lot of people say that I’m becoming one of the best defenders in the league and defense has always been important to me.

I take a lot of pride in my defense. That’s what I do best and that’s what the team needs to do in order for us to be good. Every time I’m out there, I try to do my best to try and defend at a high level. Coach has put a lot of trust in me, guarding some of the best players in the league every time I go out there.


Taking a loose ball from Elton Brand (Getty Images).

But defending is something you can’t do by yourself. My teammates have been doing a good job of helping me. Every time I’m beat or I’m a step slow, they’re right there to pick me up, so that has been helpful.

I had to defend Kevin Garnett the other night and he is one player that makes defense difficult. Those types of players, you can’t really stop them. You just have to contain them as much as possible and try to make it tough for them. But I don’t think you can stop a player like Garnett when he’s on.

But again, it becomes a whole team concept. I’m smaller than him so he can overpower me. But when my teammates are there to come down and help, it makes it much easier.

One of the tougher players to defend that doesn’t get enough credit for it is Brandon Roy. I keep saying it, but that guy is one of the toughest guys to guard. He plays very well within their system and he’s very good at doing what he needs to in order to score the basketball. He does it in a variety of different ways. When he’s on, man he’s tough to guard.

But I’ll always try to stop him from scoring. You just have to try and do whatever you can, give him different looks, make it tough on him. It gets physical and I use my length, anything to make it tough. Usually it works.

There’s definitely a mental aspect to guarding scorers like that too. When you go against those guys you have to be mentally ready. It’s important to be mentally tough because they’re going to make tough shots and you can’t get down on yourself. They’re going to score. Those guys, that’s what they do best. You have to just keep at it and try to make it tough for the whole night. Hopefully your teammates can do a good job of helping you and you pick up the win.

STILL CRAZIE, KICKING BOUTE
Everyone needs to check out my spreadshirt store and pick up one of my « Moute Kicks Boute » or « Cameroon Crazies » shirts.

I want Bucks fans to get into the spirit just the way my fans did at UCLA. It’s something that I enjoyed when I was in college, a lot. In college, I didn’t have my family with me, so those Cameroon Crazies, those fans, were like my family in a way.

I don’t know who started it, but it just established itself. I just came in and looked at the stands one day and they were there with the Cameroon flag and jerseys. It was just a group of students who really liked me and my teammate Alfred Aboya. They wanted to show their love and appreciation.

They were always there in the stands cheering for me, waving the flag, writing my name on their bodies and all that crazy stuff they used to do. Obviously you can’t help but be appreciative of what they did and I still am to this day. That’s why I wanted to bring that culture to the Bucks.

It is a different culture because in college guys are really into it a little more. You can have people from all over the world coming to one college. In the pros it’s just about that city. But it’s the same concept you have guys cheering for your team and supporting the players that they love. It’s much the same thing in a way.

Hopefully some of you fans like the shirts enough to pick one up and show your support. I’m sure you will.

It’s been a tough season for my UCLA Bruins, but they’re rebuilding. They’ve had a tough year, losing a lot of guys to the NBA. It might take them a couple years to rebuild, but hopefully they’ll be back.

I still keep in touch with some of my UCLA teammates and when we see each other it’s always good. We talk about everybody’s season, UCLA and we reminisce on the good times we had playing there. That’s something I love, seeing someone I played with on the other side. I keep up with them and watch some of their games to see how they’re doing.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
I also like getting to know some of my fellow international players in the league.


Made famous at UCLA, « Moute Kicks Boute » shirts — and a whole bunch of others — have made their way to Milwaukee.

We have a lot of international players on our team as it is and I’ve gotten to know some of the international players on the other teams. Every time we play each other we say hello and check up on each other to see how each other is adjusting and everything like that. We watch out for each other.

Last week I had a once in a lifetime experience. We were in Washington D.C. to play the Wizards on Friday and earlier that day I was invited to the Cameroonian embassy in Washington to meet the ambassador.

It was very cool. Very few people get that privilege to meet the ambassador like I did. To be at the embassy and recognized as an ambassador of Cameroon in the United States, I was really appreciative of that. I hope to continue to work with the embassy. I want other international athletes, especially athletes from Cameroon and Africa to go back to their embassies to try and develop that relationship. It’s important to work with them and help each other out.

The growth of basketball in Cameroon and Africa has always been important to me.

Whenever I go home, people definitely recognize me. I would hope it keeps growing. I’m very concerned about basketball growing in Africa and it has been growing actually. You look at all the stuff that the NBA is doing over there with Basketball Without Borders and all the stuff the stuff that FIBA is doing.

Basketball is going to continue to grow as long as guys like me, Luol Deng and all the African players in the NBA keep going back and doing things, along with the NBA and FIBA.

It means a lot to me that I can use the platform that I’ve been given to make a difference in Africa. That’s what, to me, it’s all about, impacting other people with what we do. Every time you step out on the court or go out in the community, you feel like you’ve impacted other people and for me especially, impacted the people back home. It’s always a plus. The more that we can impact those peoples lives, the better the world is going to be, that’s the way I look at it.

With that in mind, I’m going to be going back to Cameroon this summer and I’m running a camp for some of the players there. There are very few basketball camps happening back in Africa, especially in Cameroon, so my camp will be there this summer from June 4th to 6th.

I’m going to be bringing in the top 50 players from the country and we’re going to put them through a three-day camp. The top 5 students out of the camp are going to go to Basketball Without Borders and we’re going to try and get them scholarships to come to the United States and kind of do the same thing I did, go to school and get an education.

After being here for so long, with college and now being in the NBA, I feel like it’s only right to have a camp and help basketball grow in Cameroon.

WORLD CUP WATCH
Even though basketball is growing in my home country, it’s still well behind soccer.

Soccer is like a religion in Cameroon. I grew up playing soccer and everybody plays there. You can’t help but become a soccer fan. I didn’t start playing basketball until I was 15.

I’m still a huge soccer fan and I’m going to the World Cup this summer with the Cameroonian national team. I’m always involved and I’m always talking about the UEFA Champions league and other soccer events on my Twitter. I’m a big soccer fan.

I really wanted to go to the World Cup because I think its going to be a wonderful experience, the first time ever they have the World Cup in Africa. It’s going to be something special and I wouldn’t want to miss it.

I also play some FIFA Soccer on the PS3. I’m pretty good. I usually play leagues with my friends from overseas or here in the United States. We just play when I’m free and it’s a good time. One of these days I might give you guys my gamer tag on my Twitter so follow me @mbahamoute!

 

Luc, Defense Down Celts

No. 12 and the Milwaukee Bucks are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference . Tuesday night, they proved their mettle with a come-from-behind win over one of the East’s top teams.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Bucks improved to 34-29 on Tuesday night with an 86-84 victory over the perennial Eastern Conference title contending Boston Celtics.

With the home win, Milwaukee solidified its hold on the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and Boston is a team they could see come playoff time.

The Bucks were keyed by their continued superb play on the defensive side of the ball against Boston. That strong defense, limiting the Celtics to less than 85 points for only the third time this season, led Milwaukee to their 10th win in their last 11 games, as Head Coach Scott Skiles conveyed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

« We were really sharp on the defensive end. It was not an easy game for us, it was back and forth, a physical game…we needed our defense to keep us in the game, and it did. »

No. 12 added two points to his four rebounds and played tight defense, marking up on Celtics veteran power forward Kevin Garnett, said Alex Boeder of Brew Hoop:

« Garnett (14/10) was a tough cover, but Luc Mbah a Moute and the Bucks mostly held him in check and KG only made one bucket in the final 16 minutes of regulation. »

Luc secured three crucial rebounds in the third quarter, allowing the Bucks to keep pace with the Cs before finally pulling away late.

NEXT UP

Luc and the Bucks look for their fifth win in a row when they take on Carlos Boozer and the Utah Jazz at home in the Bradley Center Friday night. Tip-off is at 7:30 CST and you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED STORIES
Recap: Bucks 86, Celtics 84 (Brew Hoop, March 9,2010)
http://www.brewhoop.com/2010/3/10/1363704/recap-bucks-86-celtics-84
Bucks’ victory comes with emphasis (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 9, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/87189427.html

 

Luc, Bucks Rolling

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and the Bucks put two in the win column this weekend, taking care of the Wizards, 102-74, on Friday night in Washington, followed by a 92-85 victory over the Cavaliers at home in Milwaukee.

After playing just 19 minutes Friday night, No. 12 stepped up big, tying Carlos Delfino for a game-high 42 minutes. Luc dropped six points and five rebounds Friday night but dropped his fourth double-double of the season against a Lebron James-less Cavalier team.

Luc Richard connected for 5 of 9 of his shots from the field and grabbed 11 boards, four on the offensive side of the ball. To add to his terrific offensive performance, No. 12 had things locked down on defense. The Cameroon native grabbed seven defensive rebounds, swiped four steals and added a block.

With the two weekend wins, Luc Richard and the Bucks are now 9-2 since the All-Star Break. Their 33-29 record has them locked in on the No. 5 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

WE HAVE THE POWER
Charles F. Gardner and ESPN put out their weekly rankings this morning and the Bucks are moving on up.

Gardner lists the Bucks at No. 13 after being at 15 last week, saying “Skiles sets tone, veterans say.”

However, ESPN’s analysts think just a bit more highly of the surging Bucks. ESPN lists the Bucks at No. 11 saying:

“We still can’t name him, but the advance scout who tabbed the Bucks as his surprise team of the season in the Weekend Dime isn’t looking any less enlightened after the weekend. They’re now 9-2 since the All-Star break.”

NEXT UP
After taking care of the No. 1 team in the NBA on Saturday night, the Bucks face another playoff contender Tuesday when they welcome the Boston Celtics at home in Milwaukee. Tip-off is at 7:00 CST and can you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED ARTICLES
NBA Basketball Power Rankings (ESPN, Mar. 8,2010)
http://espn.go.com/nba/powerrankings?year=2010&week=19
Power Rankings (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mar. 8, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/86725002.html

 

Back in the W Column

It was a quiet night for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, but the Bucks took down the Wizards, 100-87, on Wednesday night in Milwaukee. The Bucks improved to 31-29 and tied Chicago for the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

No. 12 finished with four points and one rebound on the offensive side of the ball and contributed a steal and a block on defense.

FOLLOWING THE LEADER

Luc Richard has been a defensive stopper all year, but Bucks’ Head Coach Scott Skiles thinks that the rest of the team is continuing to excel on defense as a team. As he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about his team’s improvement:

“Quite a bit,” said Skiles before Wednesday’s game against Washington at the Bradley Center. “But I felt that way going into the (all-star) break and we came out of the break and gave some guys career nights. But it has improved. Our defense out front . . . Brandon (Jennings) has improved as the season has gone on, and (Andrew Bogut’s) shot-blocking.

“The guys understand their roles a little bit better. A lot of things have gone into that and most nights we play awful hard and concentrate on that end of the floor. That’s been one of the biggest reasons we’ve been able to win some games.”

NEXT UP
Luc Richard and the Bucks take on the Wizards for the second game in a row Friday night. The Bucks travel to Washington for a 6:00 CST tip-off. You can listen to all the action on WTMJ AM 620.

RELATED ARTICLES
Bucks continue to keep their guard up (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mar. 4, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/86304977.html
Washington Wizards vs. Milwaukee Bucks- Recap (ESPN, Mar. 3, 2010)
http://espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=300303015

 

Streak Stops at Six

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds Saturday afternoon as the Milwaukee Bucks extended their season-high winning streak to six games with a 94-71 victory over the Miami Heat.

But the Bucks couldn’t make it seven in a row on Sunday, falling 106-103 in an overtime thriller to the Atlanta Hawks, as the streak came to the end.

With the split, the Bucks moved back into the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference standings, but sit just one game behind the No. 5 Raptors.

WINDEX MEN
The Bucks have used solid rebounding and hard work on the offensive glass resulting in second-chance points to beat up on their opponents this year.

No. 12 is averaging 5.5 boards per game, and told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel his switch to the power forward position is a big part of it:

« Offensively it can be a big weapon because it gives us kickbacks for threes and gives us extra possessions, » Mbah a Moute said. « I’m closer to the basket at the 4 (power forward), so I try to go every time.

« The guards have been doing a good job at coming down and rebounding on the defensive end, and Carlos kind of takes his pick when to go on the offensive board and when not to go. »

FANTASY FORWARD
As his role increases at the ‘4,’ Luc Richard is garnering more attention from the media.

This time it comes from ESPN.com fantasy analyst Josh Whitling, who believes fantasy basketball players should take a close look at Luc’s production:

« The rangy forward’s athleticism on defense has kept him on the court for more than 29 minutes per game in February. With those minutes, about eight boards and nearly a steal and a block per game is a reasonable expectation—nothing flashy, but solid filler defensive numbers for deep leagues.

He appears to be a critical piece of the Bucks’ lineup for the upcoming playoff run, and with John Salmons providing offense from the backcourt and Hakim Warrick out of the picture, there’s a nice place for a hustling forward who will provide a pleasant combo of defensive statistics (9.2 rebounds and nearly a steal and a block per game in his past nine contests). »

NEXT UP
After back-to-back weekend match-ups, the Bucks get a few days off. They look to start a new win streak Wednesday, at home against the recently shaken-up Washington Wizards. Tip-off is at 7:00 CST and you can catch all the action on FSN Wisconsin.

RELATED STORIES
Bucks build success through rebounding (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mar. 1, 2010)
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Gibon, Tolliver legit options (ESPN, Feb. 26, 2010)
http://sports.espn.go.com/fantasy/basketball/fba/story?page=wtw100226