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New Look Kings Lineups

The Sacramento Kings open Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s first training camp with the team in just over a week and Luc won’t be the only new face in town.


Luc, new coach Michael Malone and power forward Carl Landry.

The Kings roster currently has eight returnees and seven players that weren’t with the team last year. Additionally the team will be in its first training camp under new coach Michael Malone, so the entire group will be learning together.

Among the decisions Malone will undertake over the month-long camp is the picking the lineup he will deploy on a nightly basis. That particular decision has been on the minds of the folks at the SB Nation Kings blog Sactown Royalty and section214 recently wrote up the options.

One of the mainstays in all seven realistic incarnations of the Kings is Luc Richard, who he believes will start for Sacramento at small forward this season. Malone is expected to focus on improving defense with the Kings and Luc will be a big part of setting the tone on that end, as FanSided’s Ben Beecken writes in his season preview:

Sacramento acquired forward Luc Mbah a Moute from the Milwaukee Bucks during the off-season, and he will lead what should be a massive improvement on the defensive end of the court.

But that improvement will be largely dependent on the other players that surround Luc in the starting lineup. Among the most intriguing options presented:

The « Best Guys Start » option: 
This would seem to be the obvious scenario, and it would feature Cousins, Landry and Mbah a Moute up front….I’ll give Thornton the two-guard as of September 24, and Vasquez barely, barely, barely edges Thomas. Chances of happening: Very possible.

The « Defensive » option:
Coach Michael Malone wants this team to hang its hat on defense, but for the time being he may have to settle for incremental improvement. Given that Cousins has his job nailed down, Chuck Hayes gets the start alongside him. Mbah a Moute is the small forward. Johnny Salmons gets the start at shooting guard, and Isaiah Thomas is at the point.

The « Best Defense is a Good Offense » option: 
Malone determines that other than Mbah a Moute, there are no particularly gifted defenders on the roster, and that the team defense that he employs will achieve about the same level of effectiveness no matter who starts. Cousins, Landry, Mbah a Moute, and Marcus Thornton make up 80% of this starting lineup. In Thomas you have a guy that has not been the passer of Vasquez’ level but is himself a potent scorer. I’ll give Vasquez the slightest of edges here. Chances of happening: Possible. This lineup features 60% new personnel and 80% new starters over last year.

To read all the options, visit SactownRoyalty.com.

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Lions Top Mozambique

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute’s Cameroonian National Team is on its way to the quarterfinals at FIBA Africa.

Cameroon used a big second quarter to set the tone and closed the deal with a big fourth to defeat Mozambique 75-42 on Monday in the first round of tournament play at AfroBasket. Luc tallied 11 points, including a perfect 5-of-5 at the free throw line and grabbed seven boards to go along with three assists and a steal in the Lions victory.

NEXT UP

Cameroon (3-1) advances to the quarterfinals, where they will play Ivory Coast (4-0) on Wednesday for a spot in the semifinals. That game begins at 10:30 a.m. PT.

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Undefeated No More

Cameroon’s quest to go undefeated in pool play at FIBA Africa came up just short.

Despite a tournament-high 18 points from Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the Cameroonians fell for the first time at AfroBasket, 91-84 to Nigeria on Sunday.

In what was by far the most closely contested game of the competition so far for Cameroon, Nigeria built a first quarter lead just to have it dissolve in the second quarter. Luc put the Lions ahead at the half with a bucket late in the second quarter which made it 40-39 at the break.

Cameroon carried that momentum into the third and built a lead as high as nine points, but Nigeria closed the quarter strong and the difference was just three at the end of the third, setting up an exciting finish. The lead changed hands several times over the final frame and with less than two minutes to go the Lions led 82-81. New Orleans Pelicans forward Al-Farouq Aminu hit a three to give Nigeria the lead, but Luc answered with a deuce to tie it at 84.

Unfortunately those were the last points Cameroon would score as Nigeria made two key buckets down the stretch, got the stops they needed against the Lions offense and closed out the game at the free throw line.

Cameroon finished pool play 2-1 to take second in Group D behind Nigeria. Both advance to tournament play, which begins Monday.

Luc, who also tallied a pair of assists and three rebounds to go with his 18 points finished pool play with averages of 13 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

NEXT UP

Cameroon (2-1) will take on Mozambique (1-2) on Monday in the first round of pool play.

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Luc Dominates Mali

After a quiet start to the FIBA Africa tournament, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute broke out on Friday to lead the Cameroon National Team to their second win.

Luc scored a game-high 16 points, matched his rebound total from game one with seven and dished out two assists. But he set the tone on the defensive end with four of Cameroon’s 21 steals as they forced Mali into a whopping 33 turnovers on the way to an easy 89-35 victory.

The game was a clear mismatch from the outset as Cameroon;s defense suffocated Mali and built a 29-6 lead after one quarter. They led 49-12 at the break and 78-17 after three quarters before letting off the gas and giving Luc and his fellow starters the entire fourth quarter off.

NEXT UP

Pool play at AfroBasket wraps up on Sunday when Cameroon (2-0) takes on Nigeria (2-0) in a de-facto Group D championship match. The winner of the match will go into the 16-team tournament, which begins Monday, with the higher seed.

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Cameroon Opens Strong

The Cameroon National Team is off to a hot start at FIBA Africa.

Cameroon carried the momentum of a dominant first quarter through the rest of the game in a wire-to-wire 74-43 defeat of Congo-Brazaville on Wednesday.

Luc played 26 minutes in the opener for the Lions and tallied just five points, but did grab seven rebounds, including three off the offensive glass. He also had three assists and a steal in the victory.

NEXT UP

Cameroon moves on to the second game of Group D Pool Play on Friday against Mali.

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Luc Becomes a King

For the first time in his NBA career, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is on the move.

Luc was acquired in trade by the Sacramento Kings on Friday in exchange for a pair of draft picks sent to the Milwaukee Bucks.

« Luc is one of the premier defenders in the game today, with a proven ability to guard a variety of different scoring threats on a nightly basis, » Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro said « His versatility in this respect will go a long way in helping us improve dramatically on the defensive end of the floor. We’re excited to welcome Luc to the Kings family. »

A second round pick (37th overall) in the 2008 NBA Draft, Luc Richard spent five seasons in Milwaukee where he played 335 regular season games and 11 postseason games. He averaged 25 minutes, 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game over those five years while building a reputation as one of the NBA’s premier perimeter defenders. He takes that reputation to the Western Conference where he will be facing some of the league’s elite wings on a nightly basis.

« I’m hoping to bring to this team that defensive presence, someone who can go out there every night and play defense at the highest [level], » Luc said. « I’ve heard very great things about the fans out there and I’m looking forward to meeting them and becoming part of the family. »

Watch Luc talk more about his move to Sacramento by clicking the photo below and checking out his one-on-one interview with SacramentoKings.com:

 

Luc Returns in Bucks Loss

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute made his return to the Milwaukee lineup on Wednesday night after an eight-game absence with a toe injury, but his arrival was not enough to snap a Bucks losing streak.

Luc played 13 minutes off the bench and hit all three of the shots he took for seven points. He also grabbed three rebounds, but the Bucks dropped their fourth straight game, 100-93 at the hands of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Despite the loss, the Bucks remain 6.5 games ahead of Philadelphia for the East’s final playoff spot with just 12 games to play. But Luc believes the Bucks can’t rest on that lead and must work hard to finish the job and clinch their spot.

« It’s good people are talking about playoffs, but I hate to see people talking about it like we already made it, » Mbah a Moute said. « That can come back and haunt us. We have to have the mind-set that we’ve got to clinch. We’ve got to strive to play our best during these next two or three weeks and hopefully we’re playing our best walking into the playoffs. »

Getting Luc back in the lineup can only help. He practiced on Monday for the first time since injuring his toe in a win over the Sacramento Kings on March 10th. LRMAM missed the next eight games and the Bucks went 2-6.

He returned to practice on Monday in an effort to get ready for Wednesday’s game.

« It’s still painful and stuff like that, but it’s definitely getting better, » he said at the time. « I’m still having a lot of pain with cutting and pushing off really hard, accelerating. I’d like to come back and play. It just depends on how this thing heals. The way it’s going, I’m pretty optimistic. I’ll see tomorrow again in practice. »

No. 12 practiced again on Tuesday and reported that he was feeling good enough to play on Wednesday night against the Sixers.

« If I’m able to run and push off with it, [have] limited pain, » he said. « If I can do it, I’m going to see if I can suit up and play. »

But Bucks coach Jim Boylan knew Luc would have some rust after missing more than two weeks, so rather than inserting him right back into the lineup, he decided to bring LRMAM off the bench.

« Luc hasn’t played in a while, » Boylan said. « We’ll ease him back in. I don’t just want to throw him out there as a starter and he’s not physically ready or whatever. We’ll stick him out there and see how he looks and see how comfortable he is. We’ll just take it from there. »

Luc made the most of his limited minutes though. He entered with under six minutes left in the first half and the Bucks trailing by 17, but immediately helped the Bucks cut into that lead with a rebound that led to a trey by Ersan Ilyasova to cut the deficit to 13.


Luc made the most of his minutes Wednesday with 7 points on 3-of-3 & his usual solid defense (Getty Images).

Later in the quarter, Luc cut the Philly lead to eight with a putback off a Monta Ellis miss and after a Sixers turnover, Ellis found Luc beyond the arc, where No. 12 buried a trey to pull the Bucks within five, 47-42 with under three minutes to go in the half. At halftime, Milwaukee trailed by just six.

The Bucks had taken a two-point lead by the time Luc re-entered the game with 1:27 left to go in the third and his dunk less than a minute later pushed their lead to five. They entered the fourth with a two-point lead, but managed just 14 points in the final 12 minutes as Philadelphia took the lead back and pushed to victory.

Luc stressed afterward that the Bucks need to figure some things out and get back to what got them such a big lead if they hope to clinch a playoff spot and enter the postseason with some positive momentum.

« We’ve got to go out in these games and try to get better as a team, » he said. « Win as many games as we can. But we’ve got to play better. And that’s going to translate into wins for us and give us some good momentum going into the playoffs. »

NEXT UP

The Bucks are right back at it on Thursday night as they host the Los Angeles Lakers at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. CDT and the game can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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Turf Toe Sidelines Luc

The Milwaukee Bucks snapped a three-game losing streak on Sunday, but had to do so without the services of forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.


Luc has missed the last four games with a toe injury and the Bucks are 1-3 in that span (Getty Images).

Luc missed his fourth straight game on Sunday with an injury that is being described as turf toe. He first suffered the injury in the first quarter of last Sunday’s 115-113 win over the Sacramento Kings, after getting off to a good start with four points in the first six-and-a-half minutes. He returned in the third quarter and played eight minutes in the second half, but has not played since.

With Luc out over the last week, the Bucks had lost three straight heading into Sunday’s showdown with the Magic at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Early on, it looked like Orlando would make it four losses in-a-row for Milwaukee, as the Magic established a nine-point lead in the first quarter and pushed it to 13 before settling in with a 10-point halftime edge.

Orlando extended that lead back up to 13 in the third and seemed to have the game in hand, with an 11-point lead going into the fourth and the Bucks struggling offensively, shooting at just a 37 percent clip through the first three quarters.

But everything turned for Milwaukee in the fourth, led by guard Monta Ellis, who poured in 25 points in the final frame. Ellis made 8-of-10 shots, including all five from long distance, as he carried the Bucks out to the lead. The Magic had no counter and the Bucks pulled away for a 115-109 win.

The victory pushed the Bucks back over .500 after losses to Dallas, Washington and Miami had knocked them down to 32-32. Still, with just 17 games left in the regular season they hold a firm eight-game advantage over the Toronto Raptors for the final playoff spot in the East.

NEXT UP

Milwaukee (33-32) wraps up its three-game homestand on Tuesday night when they host to Portland Trail Blazers (31-35) at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Luc’s status for Tuesday’s game is unknown. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST and the game can be seen on FS Wisconsin.

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Boylan Debuts with Win

A coaching change late Monday night startled the Milwaukee Bucks, but less than 24 hours later they rebounded to snap a four-game losing streak.

One night after coach Scott Skiles and the Bucks mutually agreed to part ways new coach Jim Boylan led the Bucks to a 109-99 win over the Phoenix Suns.


The response to new coach Jim Boylan was solid in his first game (Gary Porter/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).

The victory stopped Milwaukee’s four-game skid, which spanned a week and a half. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute said told reporters Tuesday that though the move surprised him, he could also see the writing on the wall indicating that a change might be coming.

« I was shocked obviously, » he said. « But I had an idea the team wasn’t really happy with the way everything was going. Not this year but over the last couple years with Skiles. Every time there are frustrations and you add the four-game losing streak we were riding, you never know what can happen. »

No. 12 said that he will always have fond memories of Skiles, his first ever coach but knows from his experience as a restricted free agent last offseason that basketball is a business that can sometimes be cruel.

« It was a great experience learning under him. He gave me an opportunity and was my first coach so I’ll always remember that, » Luc said. « The business we’re in you can be here in Milwaukee one day or in L.A. the next, or whatever. Same with the coach. He can be coach one day and not coaching the next. »

The Bucks’ on-court response to the change was strong. After a tough first that saw Milwaukee allow Phoenix to score 33 points on nearly 64 percent shooting, they limited the Suns to just 66 points on less than 34 percent shooting. Luc did strong work on forward Jared Dudley, who went just 4-of-11 from the field over the final three quarters.


No. 12 scored 11 points in 25 minutes on Tuesday and his role is not expected to change (Getty Images).

Luc’s role didn’t change much with the new coach. He started his 13th straight game, though this one came at small forward, scored 11 points and added four rebounds in 25 minutes in the win. His best work came in the second half when he scored seven points on 3-of-5 including his fourth three-pointer of the year. Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball believes not much will differ for the Prince with Boylan in the head role.

« He’ll be getting more and more time at the small forward slot according to Boylan, due to the number of bigs on the roster, but his game doesn’t change much. He did hit a three, which is always fun to see. Depending on the lineups he’s out there with, he may have to be on the perimeter a bit more, but it won’t be drastic so long as he’s out there with a more perimeter oriented Ilyasova.

Luc noted that the Bucks have some experience under Boylan, who coached the team previously when Skiles fell ill or was ejected from a game.

« The team responded pretty well to him. He knows the team and he knows what the city wants, what the guys want. Sometimes it’s good for an assistant coach to come up because the players are more comfortable with the assistant. He understands some of the struggles the players are going through, from an assistant’s perspective. Now he’s the head coach. It’s a good change for the team. Now it’s up to the players to make the best of it. »

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The Bucks (17-16) complete a back-to-back on Wednesday night in Chicago, where they’ll play a Central Division showdown with the Bulls (19-13).

The Bucks split a pair of games against the Bulls back in November, but the one they won was in Chicago, a 93-92 win on November 26th. Luc missed both games while still recovering from his knee injury.

Wednesday’s tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. and the game can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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Changing Lives with UNICEF

This offseason Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and a group of several other NBA players and ambassadors visited Africa as for a UNICEF mission.

As part of that mission, the group toured the Turkana district of northern Kenya and got the chance to vaccinate children for polio. UNICEF recently released a look inside their trip.

For more information on the polio vaccination effort and all UNICEF’s programs, visit UNICEF.org.

Luc Breaks Out to Beat The Heat

When the competition gets tough, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute always seems always to find another gear.

Luc did it again on Saturday night combining an outstanding defensive effort with 19 points on 8-of-15 from the field and seven rebounds. He also had a pair of blocked shots, an assist and a steal. He did his best work in the fourth, helping the Bucks outscore the Heat 35-14 to secure a 104-85 win. In his post-game wrap-up, Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball gave the Prince an A+ for his performance.

The Bucks have now defeated the Heat in four of the last six meetings between the two teams. Luc was afterward if Milwaukee has Miami’s number. Luc wouldn’t go far, but did admit that the Bucks’ success against the Heat is no fluke.

« We match up well against them, » Luc said. « We play them tough. »


Luc took on the challenge of guarding the NBA’s best player and refused to let him take over (Getty Images).

For Luc the match-up was with Miami superstar LeBron James. James managed to scored 26 points, but took 20 shots to get to that number. No. 12 called it a fun matchup and though he noted that it’s impossible to stop the Miami forward completely, he thought he and his teammates did a good job.

« Just not let him get anything easy, » Luc said of the plan for defending James. « LeBron is a fun guy to play against. He’s the best player in the league right now. Every time you go against guys like that, you just try to make it tough for them. I did that and it seemed like sometimes even when I was beat, I had somebody to help me. It was a whole team defense. »

Coach Scott Skiles agree that the Heat were able to play well enough defensively to prevent James from taking over and single-handedly handing them a loss.

« I thought we did a good job on LeBron, » Skiles said. « The guy’s that good. Luc, in particular, in one-on-one situations didn’t give any ground, contested his shots. »


LeBron turned the ball over six times and Miami gave it away 23 times as a team (Getty Images).

A key to the team’s defensive success all night was forcing turnovers. The Heat had 23 as a team and LeBron finished with an uncharacteristic six giveaways all by himself. Those turnovers led Milwaukee to 21 fast break points.

« That’s big for us, » Luc said of forcing turnovers. « That helps us get out in transition and make some plays. »

It started in the first when the Bucks forced Miami into seven turnovers and the Heat shot just 38 percent from the field as Milwaukee jumped out to a lead of as much as nine. The Bucks pushed that lead in the second thanks to a more effective offense, but Dwyane Wade poured in nine second quarter points to keep the Heat afloat.

« Those guys are very good scorers, » Luc said of LeBron and Wade. « Sometimes it seems like whatever you try, they find a way to get their points. We try to limit everybody else. I thought we did well on Chris Bosh tonight. When he’s playing well too, it’s tough. »

Bosh finished with just 12 points on 5-of-14 from the field but did grab 16 rebounds.


In addition to his stout defense, Luc gave the Bucks 19 points including seven in the fourth (Getty Images).

By limiting the Big Three and furthermore silencing the rest of Miami’s offense, the Bucks held a 56-44 lead at halftime. But Miami mounted a comeback in third, outscoring Milwaukee 27-14 to take the lead. James was red-hot in the frame, scoring 14 points on 5-of-6 from the field after he got Luc into some foul trouble. No. 12 noted after the game that the Bucks were aware Miami would make a run, it was just a matter of hanging in.

« Playing the defending champs, every time they make a run you have to be worried. We were playing well. We though in the second half we came out a little flat and they’re a good team, they came out in the second half and hit us first. We kind of took the blow and stood up, came back and made a run at the beginning of the fourth quarter. »

Milwaukee opened the fourth on a 9-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into a seven-point lead. Luc was in the middle of it with a big jumper that put the Bucks in front 76-71. That mini run was just the beginning for the Bucks. By the six-minute mark they were up by 12 and less than a minute later they had their largest lead of the game at 19. The Prince had seven points, three rebounds, two blocks and an assist as part of the big fourth quarter rally.

The large lead allowed coach Scott Skiles to get his starters some rest as the Bucks cruised to victory.

BACK-TO-BACK SETBACKS

The momentum from the win over the Heat didn’t last long as the Bucks fell 96-94 to the Pistons in the second half of a back-to-back on Sunday night.

Luc grabbed five rebounds and scored a pair of points and a block in 21 minutes. He had nine more rebounds on Wednesday night against San Antonio to go along with four points in 19 minutes, but the Bucks lost their second straight, 117-110 at the hands of the Spurs.

NEXT UP

Milwaukee is back in action on Friday night at the Bradley Center where they host the red-hot Houston Rockets.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CST and the game can be seen on FSN Milwaukee.

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Luc Appears on Nightline

The global growth of the National Basketball Association and the sport are undeniable and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is helping make sure that growth has a positive impact on his native country and continent.

This summer, Luc went back to Africa to serve as a counselor and instructor for Basketball Without Borders, a program designed to give African youngsters training and opportunities in the sport. It’s a program that nourished Luc’s interest in the game when he was a kid in Cameroon and opened doors for him to the NBA.

This year’s camp was recently featured on an episode of ABC’s Nightline and Luc told reporter Jeffrey Kofman that basketball offers not only an opportunity, but a welcome distraction for African children:

« For kids who have the right to stay kids, basketball can bring them back to that stage, » he said. « Going through all that stuff they’re going through…when they get the ball, they become kids again. »

Watch the entire feature below and learn more about Basketball Without Borders at nba.com/bwb.

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Luc Strides Toward Return

The Milwaukee Bucks are off to a promising start this season and this week they got word that they might get even better in the near future.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has missed the team’s first 10 games this season as he recovers from right patella surgery, but he’s inching his way toward a return to the hardwood. Luc was at Bucks practice this week and took part in non-contact portions on Friday, including two-on-two work with some teammates. He noted to reporters that he’s feeling good and is excited to get back to work.

« I’m excited to be back playing, doing basketball stuff at least, » he said.

There’s still no timetable for Luc’s return to the Bucks, who are currently 6-4 and sit atop the Central Division. Bucks coach Scott Skiles told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he wants to see Luc participate in practice fully before he activates him, because a mostly healthy Bucks roster means he’s have to deactivate a rotation player to activate Luc.

« I’d like to see him get in a five-on-five-type scrimmage a bit before he gets activated, » Skiles said. « If I’ve got to put somebody else on the inactive list that’s healthy because I want to activate him, we’ve got to see him play some. »

The Bucks will be back in action on Saturday night at home against the Chicago Bulls (5-6) at the Bradley Center as they try to snap a two-game losing streak. Chicago is in the midst of its own three-game skid and the two-time defending division champions are scuffling in the absence of their own injured player, point guard Derrick Rose.

Luc said Friday that despite Chicago’s struggles this season, they’re a team the Bucks have trouble with, especially at home because the Bulls always seem to bring a large fan contingent to Milwaukee. He’d like to see his teammates quiet that group on Friday.

« Every time we play them, we all know it’s a home game for them, even here. We’ve got to approach this game like it’s an away game. They draw a lot of crowd here, » he said. « We can’t let that intimidate us. We’ve got to use that as even more motivation to get ourselves going. I hope we can silence the Chicago crowd and get the Milwaukee crowd going a little bit. »

Friday’s tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. MST and the game can be seen on FS Milwaukee.

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Sibling Success

Soon enough, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute might not be the only Moute in the NBA.

Luc’s younger brother Roger Moute a Bidias is making waves on the high school basketball circuit for Notre Dame Prep and climbing up the recruiting charts of the nation’s powerhouse programs. Most recently, Roger put on a show for scouts at the National Prep Showcase in New Haven Connecticut last week.

Playing against elite level high school talent, Roger starred at the showcase. He scored 15 points on 7-of-12 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds in his team’s game against Hargrave Military Academy, a performance that caught the attention of CBS Sports Recruiting Blogger Jeff Borzello:

« The breakout star of the first day of the National Prep Showcase in New Haven, Conn., was Roger Moute a Bidias, a 6-foot-7 native of Cameroon who plays at Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)…. He’s long and athletic, and is a monster on the backboards. Once he refines his offensive game, he could be a factor at the college level. »

Roger only started playing basketball in 2009 and went to Luc’s camp in Cameroon in the following years. He impressed enough in 2011 to earn a scholarship to play in the United States at Luc’s alma mater Montverde Academy. Roger transferred this year to Notre Dame Prep, where he has excelled.

He is currently counted as a member of the class of 2013, but may reclassify to 2014, since he has spent just two years in American high schools. He was recently profiled by the local newspaper in Fitchburg, Massachusetts the town Notre Dame Prep is located in and told Nick Mallard of the Sentinel and Enterprise that while he has hoop dreams like his older brother, he also wants to get a great education:

« I came here to get a better education and the chance to go to a better college, » he said. « I want to keep playing basketball and maybe make it to the NBA, but I’m focused on finding a good school now. »

Roger and Luc still talk daily and the younger Moute listens intently to Luc, who he considers a guide to his future.

« He’s a role model, » Moute a Bidias told CBS Sports of Luc. « He’s accomplished so much. High school level, college level, he tells me what I need to work on every day. It’s a good thing to have him. »

To read more about Roger Moute a Bidias in the Sentinel and Enterprise feature, click here.

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Camper Picks KU

One of the initial standouts at Luc Mbah a Moute’s annual basketball camp in Cameroon is headed to one of the biggest college hoops programs in the nation.

Seven-footer Joel Embiid, who participated in the Luc Mbah a Moute Basketball Camp in Cameroon just two years ago at the age of 16, signed on Thursday to play college ball at the University of Kansas. After announcing his intention, Embiid thanked Luc for helping him gain more info about the program through contact with NBA players.

« When I was visiting schools I wanted to go and see what they got, » Embiid said. « After my visit I knew that Kansas was good. Luc talked to some people in the NBA and they said that the player development was good at Kansas. »

When Embiid attended the camp in 2010, Luc saw potential in him immediately. After the big man starred there and as a representative of Cameroon at the Basketball Without Borders camp, he earned a scholarship to play high school basketball at a private school in the United States.

Upon moving to the U.S. last year Embiid played at Luc’s alma-mater, Montverde Academy. He transferred this summer from Montverde to The Rock School in Gainesville and has been impressing scouts in early season play. Kansas coach Bill Self lauded Embiid’s potential in a release from the school.

“He, in my opinion, has a chance to be as good as any big guy we’ve recruited. He’s long, has touch. He is literally just getting started. His potential is untapped. I think he’s just now starting to figure it out and get confidence. The way we play, we can move him around and he made me a much better coach when he put his name on the dotted line.”

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On the Comeback Trail

The beginning of the 2012 NBA season is just two weeks away, and although Luc Richard Mbah a Moute remains unsure when he’ll be able to rejoin his Milwaukee Bucks teammates on the floor, the continued progress of his recovery has him excited.

While his teammates have been on the practice floor the last two weeks, Luc has maintained his rehab from offseason knee surgery. Luc admits that being on the sidelines for practices and the first few preseason games has been hard, but he feels better about where he is and where he’s going every day.

 

« I feel like I’m making a lot of progress, so I’m excited, » he said. « I’m doing what I’m supposed to do in the weight room to get to the level I need to be at. I can tell the muscles are getting stronger. That’s a good thing. »


Luc is working hard to get back to a place where he can be aggressive on both sides of the ball (Getty Images).

After the surgery, Luc had to stay off his feet for a while, a condition that forced him to cancel his annual camp in Cameroon. With all that time off, Luc’s muscles weakened, especially in his right leg, both above and below his surgically repaired knee. At this point, No. 12’s goal is to keep strengthening the leg as he works to get his body into basketball playing shape.

« My right quad definitely has a ways to go to catch up to the left, » he said this week. « But there’s no timetable to it. Really, it’s how strong the muscles around my knee get and whether they can sustain that strength around my knee throughout a game. »

Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball believes that Luc has enough experience to return to the rotation without needing extended time to get ready.

« Mbah a Moute doesn’t need a camp to know how he fits in with the Bucks or to understand what they’re trying to do. He’s the old man of this group, at least in Bucks years. The longest tenured Buck, he’s only played for Skiles in the NBA. He knows what to do, he knows where to be. When he returns, it’ll be more of a question of how the Bucks want to use him. If Harris isn’t defending as well as the team would like, there will likely be no hesitation about throwing Mbah a Moute into the starting lineup, as it appears the team originally intended to do. »

Luc’s next doctor visit is planned for next week, at which point he and the Bucks will make plans for the next step in his rehab. The Bucks open their season on Nov. 2 in Boston against the Celtics.

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No. 12 Frustrates Lakers Star

Steve von Horn of Milwaukee Bucks blog Brew Hoop has begun a series called « In Defense of Defense » wherein he will analyze Luc’s impact on the defensive end of the court against some of the game’s elite wing players. Over the next few weeks, von Horn will analyze every matchup between Luc and several star players over the past three years. He will post his findings to Brew Hoop and we’ll share them with you here on MbahAMoute.com.

Luc Richard has held his own against some of the league’s best with solid work against LeBron JamesKevin DurantCarmelo Anthony and Danny Granger. The next player in the Luc Moute Defensive Impact Study is one of the league’s all-time best, Kobe Bryant. Von Horn’s chart below tells the story:

Despite Luc’s size advantage on Bryant, the Lakers star was effective in the post, but outside of the paint, Kobe shot less than 25 percent from the field with Luc on the floor. Kobe also saw his effective field goal percentage drop by five percent and his offensive rating drop by nearly 10 points per 100 possessions.

Luc has now shown lockdown traits against five NBA perimeter stars. The final study will feature Luc vs. Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce.

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Luc vs. Danny Granger

Pacers Offense Allows Granger to Step Up Against Bucks

Steve von Horn of Milwaukee Bucks blog Brew Hoop has begun a series called « In Defense of Defense » wherein he will analyze Luc’s impact on the defensive end of the court against some of the game’s elite wing players. Over the next few weeks, von Horn will analyze every matchup between Luc and several star players over the past three years. He will post his findings to Brew Hoop and we’ll share them with you here on MbahAMoute.com.

Through three reviews, Luc has proven that he is every bit worthy of his reputation as one of the league’s premier stoppers. No. 12 has done solid work to hold down LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, with each All-Star seeing their production dip when Luc is on the floor. The fourth participant in the Luc Moute Defensive Impact Study is Indiana’s Danny Granger and the findings were rather surprising.


Luc has done well with Granger inside the paint, but his mid-range game ticks up against No. 12 (Getty Images).

According to von Horn’s research — which spans 223 total minutes over nine game across the last three years — Granger is the first player of the four studied so far to take his game up a notch with the Prince in the game,

The numbers clearly show that Luc’s size and length bothers Granger on the inside, as the Pacers scorer managed just 13-of-30 when matched up against Luc in the paint. But once the game goes toward the perimeter, Granger steps up. Despite taking only slightly more mid-range shots against No. 12, Granger connected at a much higher rate and his three-point shooting was on par with his career averages.

After watching hours of tape, Von Horn believes Granger’s success to be a product of Indiana’s offense, which often allows Granger to get loose off screens, catch and shoot.

Granger manages to play well against Luc in part because he’s not a star player of the magnitude of LeBron James, Kevin Durant or Carmelo Anthony. Danny gets to play off-ball a lot more than those guys, and his ability to catch-and-shoot means LRMAM is constantly bombarded with screens. There is a special emphasis on using stagger screens, because they give two screeners the chance to disrupt angles that Luc can take to stay physical with Granger. This explains why the perimeter shooting numbers look so good in comparison to the bigger names already covered in this series.


With such a rise in perimeter shooting production, comes a rise in Granger’s offensive rating, which goes up 4.7 pts per 100 possessions from his three-year averages with Luc on the floor. By comparison, LeBron, Durant and Carmelo each saw their offensive rating drop by that much against Luc.

That’s four perimeter stars in the books, with just a few more to go in von Horn’s thought provoking study. Next up is the Black Mamba himself, Kobe Bryant.

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