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Interview: Luc Mbah a Moute of the Houston Rockets

Interview: Luc Mbah a Moute of the Houston Rockets

Yesterday, we got the opportunity to interview Rockets’ forward Luc Mbah a Moute.

One of the best signings of the offseason for Houston was veteran forward Luc Mbah a Moute. His versatility on both offense and defense has been key in the 2-0 start of the Rockets. Check out what he had to say in an interview we had with him yesterday:

Space City Scoop: I know you haven’t been here very long, but how are you enjoying Houston so far?

Mbah a Moute: I love it, man. It’s a pretty cool city. Obviously, I came at a rough time with Hurricane Harvey but it’s been great to see how they got together and overcame it. J.J. Watt, some of the guys on my team, and a lot of people around the city have done a great time helping during Harvey. Hopefully, it is stronger than ever. The Astros are playing great so that’s exciting as well. It’s been fun.

Space City Scoop: The Rockets have been pretty impressive in their first two wins, including one vs. the Warriors the other night. How good do you think this team can be?

Mbah a Moute: I like our team, I think we have really good players. I think on both ends of the floor, offensively and defensively, we are pretty good. We have guys that can switch when guarding and that are versatile. Very few teams in the league have that luxury. Same thing offensively, we have guys that can play multiple positions, so that makes it fun. We have a lot of stuff to work on, some of us are still new to the team, but it’s been great. Coach Mike is awesome, a very smart and good guy.

Space City Scoop: On the topic of defense, you are one of the most underrated defenders in the league, in our opinion. How much pride do you take in your defensive ability?

Mbah a Moute: Thank you, I appreciate it. I take a lot of pride. People who play with me and against me know how much I care about it. I will always think of myself as one of the best in the league when it comes to that end. I think to me, going out there every night and taking on the challenge of guarding point guards to centers, I enjoy that. Hopefully, I can do the same thing here and help the team in that regard.

Space City Scoop: After moving to a new team here in Houston, how nice is it to have that familiar face in Chris Paul?

Mbah a Moute: It’s been great. Chris was also a major factor in me coming down here after he got traded here earlier. It’s good to have somebody that you’ve meshed with before and who knows you. So it’s been great having him.

Space City Scoop: How has it been adjusting to the offensive system of Coach D’Antoni?

Mbah a Moute: Oh, it’s been awesome. It’s probably one of the best offenses I’ve been around, if not the best. I think he makes a lot of guys better.

Space City Scoop: I saw on Twitter that you had some pretty great dance moves before last game. How fun is that Rockets’ locker room?

Mbah a Moute: *laughs* Yeah, that started awhile back, I started dancing before games. It gets me going, it gets me excited, especially to African music, trying to go back to my roots. It’s fun. The guys are kind of picking on me now, so they want to see more and more.

 

Thanks again to Luc Mbah a Moute for interviewing with us! He is a super cool guy and he is in for a great season!

by Michael Knight

Source : https://spacecityscoop.com/2017/10/21/interview-luc-mbah-a-moute-rockets/

Luc Mbah a Moute lights up NBA opening night

Luc Mbah a Moute lights up NBA opening night

Luc Mbah a Moute was the standout African performer as the 2017/18 NBA season tipped off on Tuesday night. The Cameroonian forward came off the bench for Houston and was massive for the Rockets as they handed the champion Golden State Warriors a 122-121 defeat at Oracle Arena.

Mbah a Moute scored 14 points off 6-of-9 shooting, sinking two of three 3-point shots on debut for the Rockets. He also hauled down four rebounds. The 14 points were the most the Cameroonian has scored since he poured in 15 points for the LA Clippers in Game 3 of the playoffs series against the Utah Jazz last season. It is also a huge total for Mbah a Moute, who is averaging 6.3 points per game in a nine-year NBA career.

Clint Capela also had a big night, as he contributed 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, with none of the points coming from the free-throw line. He also added four rebounds, one blocked shot and one assist, and turned the ball over only twice. Despite playing defense, Capela did not have any fouls called on him.

The biggest difference between the performances of the two Rockets men, however, was highlighted in their plus-minus ratings. Only one starter (Ryan Anderson, rated +8) was higher than Mbah a Moute’s +4 rating. Capela, who was in the starting lineup, had a -23 rating—the worst on the team.

The only other African player on duty on opening night was Boston Celtics forward Nigerian-American Semi Ojeleye. Ojeleye also came off the bench for the Celtics in their 102-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The rookie forward came on with 2:38 left in the first quarter as a replacement for Jayson Tatum, and was on the floor for nine minutes. He scored no points, putting up 0-2 from field-goal range, no rebounds, and had a personal foul recorded against him after a tangle with LeBron James.

A total of five players of African origin are on the combined roster of both teams, but the other two players, Chinanu Onuaku for the Houston Rockets and Andre Iguodala for the Golden State Warriors, were not included in the opening-day roster.

 

Source : http://video.kwesesports.com/nba/article/luc-mbah-a-moute-lights-up-nba-opening-night

Rockets beat the Warriors

Rockets beat the Warriors

The Rockets make a nice move for their first game of the season, winning on the floor of the Warriors! Houston stood in the last minute, Golden State: 48.5% against 53.8%, 36.6% at 3 points against 53.3%. James Harden finishes with 27 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, Eric Gordon achieves 24 points, PJ Tucker 20 points, 6 rebounds, Luc Mbah has 14 points and 4 rebounds in 23’23.

 

Golden State starts strong and leads 22-9 in 5 minutes. Houston responds well and returns to the game by tying 24-24. Nick Young scored 3 times 3 points, but Houston re-gathers again and returns to a point at the end of the first quarter 35-34. In the second, the Warriors quickly reclaim 11 points ahead 51-40, then dig their lead to 17 points 66-49. But thanks to a 10-1 at the end of the period, the Rockets limit the breakage. Golden State pocketed the period 36-28 and led to pause 71-62.

The locals continue to build their lead in the 3rd quarter 80-64. They dominate these 12 minutes 30-26 and have 13 points ahead at the start of the last 101-88.

 

Luc Mbah has Moute chained 2 layup, followed by Gordon who allow Houston to return very quickly 104-101. The end of the match is tight and everything is played in the money time. At 2’09 of the end, Ariza fired at 3 points (119-118). McCaw placed 2 points 121-118, but Harden responds with a layup (121-120). Kevin Durant then loses the ball and the Rockets are ironed in front of 122-121 on 2 free throws by PJ Tucker, obtained after an offensive rebound. Kevin Durant has the match ball, but his shot at the buzzer is one tenth behind and the Rockets win at the extreme limit!

Pre-Season: Rockets lose against the Spurs.

Pre-Season: Rockets lose against the Spurs.

After four wins in a row, the Rockets lose against the Spurs, the last pre-season game. Both teams held the score until the third quarter, but the Spurs made the difference in the last. Houston with 38.6% shootout success versus 52.9% for San Antonio, fired a lot at 3 points (53 attempts with 28.3% success). Eric Gordon scored 27 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, James Harden scored 15 points, 3 rebounds, 11 assists, Clint Capela 9 points, 12 rebounds, 1 pass, Luc Mbah a Moute 7 points and 4 rebounds in 29’15. In front, LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists.

 

After a balanced start, Houston took 8 points 24-16 but San Antonio put in a 9-0 to pocket the first 25-24. Both teams are held in the second 38-39. The Spurs still remain before at break 54-51 winning this period 29-27.

The visitors quickly gained 9 points in the 3rd quarter 64-55, but the Rockets realized a super 17-4 series to go past 72-68. The Spurs react at the end of the period with a 13-4, which still offers them this quarter-time 27-25. At the start of the last, the Rockets are only 5 points 76-81. The Spurs are leading during the last minutes of the game and are ahead with 12 points 102-90. Gordon with 3 points and Ariza narrow the gap by 5 points 97-102 to 1’36, but the Spurs control the money-time 25-21. Final victory 106-97.

The record of this pre-season remains satisfactory with 4 wins in 5 games. Serious stuff kicks off Tuesday October 17th with the first game of the NBA season for the Rockets who will challenge Golden State Warriors.

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Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute in familiar zone

Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute in familiar zone

There’s just something about familiar faces.

Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute played with guard Chris Paul for two years with the Los Angeles Clippers. While at UCLA, he played teammate Ryan Anderson (California) six times. During summers, he’d spend time in Los Angeles, where several players live or frequent.

“It’s a lot of guys who we’ve played against in summer, played against in college, so you’ve known each other for a long time. The transition was very easy,” Mbah a Moute said of his new team. “That made it easy to adapt and get to know these guys.”

That chemistry extends to the floor where the team’s outscored opponents 322 to 281 points off the strength of a much-improved defense through three preseason games.

“That’s probably the best thing we did yesterday, the defense was pretty good,” head coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It’s all potential, it doesn’t mean anything but we have an opportunity to be really good on defense and offense so hopefully we can max out our potential.”

Mbah a Moute habitually guarded opponents’ top scorers by the time he developed himself into a defensive force in the league. In Houston, he appreciates the Rockets refocus on defense; bringing in Paul and forward P.J. Tucker, both well-respected defenders in the league.

“Oh very,” he said, when asked if Tucker’s defensive prowess makes his job easier.

“Just having someone else out there who can guard the other team’s best player. A lot of times we end up being at the three and four—both forward positions—so he can switch onto a small; he can switch onto a big; it just makes our defense so much better.”

“It’s not just him, it’s also Trevor (Ariza), who can play multiple positions defensively.” he continued. “You have a lot of guys who can play different positions. When we click defensively we’re pretty tough.”

Mbah a Moute has played well through four games, including an exhibition against the Shanghai Sharks where he scored 12 points with two rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Through three preseason games, he’s averaging 9.7 points (shooting 62.5% from behind the arc), 2.7 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game.

Now on the sixth NBA team, Mbah a Moute said he’s embracing his opportunity in Houston.

“The last couple years with the Clippers we had a good team but we never went past the first round. I think with this team we have the potential to go further than that,” he said.

“Being in a situation where you play for a team that has a chance to go far in the season; that’s special in itself.”

Offensively, Mbah a Moute is preparing to contribute more. He approached this season intent on being more assertive on offense.

“With the way we play, there’s so much opportunity, especially at the three-point line. Just spacing the floor there’s so many good shooters so you can drop and make plays,” he said. “The offense here is so fun and everyone gets shots so it’s fun to play.”

‘Fun’ is the same word he used to describe his experience in Houston so far.

“I really enjoy myself here,” he said. “I think it’s a great staff, the atmosphere here is amazing.”

On the court, playing a condensed preseason schedule has made each game feel bigger for the Cameroonian.

“It’s a little different for me, just knowing that we play opening night in a few days,” he said.

Regardless of what changes may come, Mbah a Moute is ready for the season to begin.

“I can’t wait for the season to get going so we can continue to do it at a higher level so I’m very excited,” he said.

 

Source : http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/Rockets-forward-Luc-Mbah-a-Moute-in-familiar-zone-12273878.php#photo-14317816

Preseason: Another win for the Rockets against the Grizzlies.

Preseason: Another win for the Rockets against the Grizzlies.

A new victory for the Rockets who won on the floor of the Grizzlies 101-89. The Rockets had their 4th victory in the row, despite an intense game that turned in their favor in the second half, and a few blunders: 38.8% shootout success against 38% for Memphis, 30.4% 41 rebounds at 43. Luc Mbah a Moute achieves a full match, with 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 pass in 24’44, James Harden finishes with 18 points, and 5 rebounds, 9 assists despite waste, Clint Capela 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists. Trevor Ariza added 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 1 pass.

The first quarter is led by Memphis, with 25-15 before Houston narrows down the gap 25-21 at the end of the period. In the second quarter, the Grizzlies retain their lead but the Rockets lag just before the break. They returned to 43-42, and they were led only 3 points at pause 47-44.

The Rockets managed to quickly pass in the second half. On a 13-4, they take 9 points ahead of 66-57, out of 2 free throws from Luc Mbah a Moute. Chalmers narrows the gap but Houston wins this 3rd quarter 27-19 and leads 71-66 at the start of the last. The Rockets then control the end of the game, even digging their lead (30-23). Final victory 101-89.

The Rockets will play their 5th and final preseason game Friday, October 13 at 7pm local time against San Antonio.

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Pre-Season: The Rockets’ win over the Knicks 117-95

Pre-Season: The Rockets’ win over the Knicks 117-95

Everything is going well in this preseason, with a 3rd victory in 3 games, on the floor of the Knicks this time 117-95.
Houston dominated New York in all sectors: 54.1% on shots versus 44.8%, 47.8% at 3 points against 29%, 45 rebounds at 36. James Harden, 9 points, 9 rebounds, Trevor Ariza 14 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, Luc Mbah a Moute 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists.

The Rockets quickly took the lead 12-5 before the Knicks with a tie 16-16 on the Hardaway dunk.
The second half of the first quarter is to the advantage of Houston, and Luc Mbah a Moute on a closed layup a beautiful 19-5 series which already gives a big advantage to the 35-21 team.
In the second quarter (24-30), New York applies and narrows its gap to a point 52-51. Harden chains 3 points and a layup that lead to half-time 59-51.

The second half is a one-way for Houston, which keeps a good gap until the end of the meeting.
The Rockets lead the 3rd quarter with 32-20 to lead 20 points 91-71 at the start of the last.

A fourth quarter took 26-24 and a final win 117-95.

Pre-Season: The Rockets defeat the Shanghai Sharks 144-82

Pre-Season: The Rockets defeat the Shanghai Sharks 144-82

Houston quietly imposed his first pre-season home game, outclassing the Shanghai Sharks from start to finish, with 60.4% shootout success, 42.3% to 3 points (22 shots successful / 52). Luc Mbah a Moute has 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 passes in 16 ‘, Trevor Ariza 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, Eric Gordon 17 points, 3 assists, Clint Capela 16 points, 11 rebounds, 1 pass, Chris Paul 11 points, 3 rebounds, 12 assists, James Harden 9 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists.

The start of the match set the tone for the game and the Rockets are quickly far ahead, with a first quarter-time pocketed 43-16. The rest of the match is one-way and Houston has a 40-point lead at break 81-41. In the second half, the Rockets spin the ball and chain the points. They take the 3rd quarter 26-21 and complete the Sharks with 62 points ahead 144-82.

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Pre-Season: Rockets win against OKC

Pre-Season: Rockets win against OKC

The Houston Rockets started its pre-season well, picking up their first game on the floor of the Thunder 104-97. After a balanced first quarter, the Rockets quickly gained a lead to the end of the game. Eric Gordon scored 21 points, Trevor Ariza 18 points, James Harden scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists, Chris Paul 11 ​​points, 2 rebounds 7 assists. Luc Mbah a Moute played 26’11 during which he scored 8 points for 7 rebounds.

OKC Houston Runasone

In the first quarter, OKC leads 19-13 but the Rockets are leading by the end of period 27-25 by Anderson who shoots to 3 points. Houston quickly clears the gap in the second on a beautiful 20-7 series, and has 15 points 47-32 lead. Locals react and narrow the gap but Houston is ahead at pause 59-52.

 

In the second period, the Rockets unwind in the 3rd quarter that they pocket 31-21 to lead 90-73 at the start of the last 12 minutes. With 27 points ahead, Houston quietly controls (14-24) and wins 104-97.

Next test Thursday 5 October at 7 pm local time: Houston Rockets – Shanghai Sharks

Program of pre-season games

Program of pre-season games

The new season will start quickly, with a first game at Golden State Warriors.
Before that, Houston Rockets will play 5 preseason games:

On Tuesday, October 3rd at 7 pm : Thunder OKC – Houston Rockets

On Thursday, October 5th at 7 pm : Houston Rockets – Shanghai Sharks

On Monday, October 9th at 6:30 pm : New York Knicks – Houston Rockets

Wednesday, October 11th at 8:30 pm : Memphis Grizzlies – Houston Rockets

Friday, October 13th at 7 pm : Houston Rockets – San Antonio

Full schedule : http://www.nba.com/rockets/schedule

 

Luc Mbah a Moute on Houston’s shooters: ‘These guys don’t miss’

Luc Mbah a Moute on Houston’s shooters: ‘These guys don’t miss’

Luc Mbah a Moute is transitioning to the Houston Rockets after spending the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers. The primary reason Mbah a Moute was brought to Houston is to provide great defense.

So far in training camp, he’s been blown away by his new teammates’ scoring abilities. And as a defender, playing against the Rockets’ dominant offense in practice each day certainly prepares you for the season.

“It’s fun, man; I’ve been on good teams, but this is a really, really good team offensively,” he said. “Sometimes, it seems like these guys don’t miss. Sometimes, as a defender, when you’re playing defense with these guys it’s just like, ‘Those guys are so good!’

“But it makes us better defensively. If we can stop our offense, which is pretty good, hopefully defensively it happen.”

Mbah a Moute was a value signing, as his $2.2 million deal is one of the better bargain contracts in the NBA. He’s turned himself into a very underrated three-and-D guy as he can guard both forward slots and shoots a very high clip from distance. Mbah a Moute and fellow free agent addition P.J. Tucker will give Houston more defensive depth and versatility than they’ve had in recent years.

Luc Mbah a Moute adjusting to Rockets’ style

Luc Mbah a Moute adjusting to Rockets’ style

Luc Mbah a Moute has spent his nine-year NBA career as a small forward, but with his move this season to the Rockets, a team in which the forwards are generally interchangeable on the offensive end, he has spent the first week at both forward spots.

Mbah a Moute has been one of the standouts of the first week, shooting well and seeming to adjust to the Rockets pace and style quickly.

“The way we play here, the three and the four are pretty much interchangeable,” Mbah a Moute said. “They both stay on the perimeter, whether it is in the corner or on the wing. The only difference is where I set the screen. Our offense is so fluid, we play multiple positions. It doesn’t really matter who is there. It is just about the action.

“It’s been really fun seeing the nuances and the actions and seeing all the cuts, all the reads. It’s very exciting.”

Though Mbah a Moute has so far largely been in the corner as he was in Los Angeles so far, there is potential in some lineups to set the pick-and-pop screens typical from Ryan Anderson.

“Being able to be on the wing is good, too,” he said. “I can shoot and drive and make plays from that position,” he said. “It puts a lot of pressure on the defense.”

part by the findings on the load monitors Rockets players wear. Nene and Clint Capela have also been held out of portions of practices, but did not have any issues heading into Saturday’s off day.

 

Source : http://www.chron.com/

Luc Mbah a Moute at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly

Luc Mbah a Moute at the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly

At the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, some 100 Heads of State and Government were present this week in New York. The opportunity for Luc MBah has Moute, to meet various African actors leading as its Excellence Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso.

Luc Mbah a Moute has already initiated numerous charities in Cameroon (www.mbahamoutecamp.info) and the two men were able to talking about several subjects and future projects.

NBA Africa Game : Team World 108-97 Team Africa

NBA Africa Game : Team World 108-97 Team Africa

The second edition of the NBA Africa Game took place on Saturday 5 August in Johannesburg. An exceptional event in front of 10,000 spectators, with the participation of 22 players:

Team Africa:
Luol Deng (Los Angeles Lakers), Thabo Sefolosha (Atlanta Hawks), Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic), Clint Capela (Houston Rockets), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Serge Ibaka (Toronto Raptors), Luc Mbah a Moute (Houston Rockets), Salah Mejri (Dallas Mavericks), Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets), Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers), Dennis Schroder (Atlanta Hawks).

Team World:
Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets), Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Wilson Chandler (Denver Nuggets), DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Courtney Lee (New York Knicks), Kyle Lowry (Raptors), C.J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers), Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks).

 

 

 

 


Team World won 108-97 (50-47 at the break http://stats.nba.com/africa2017/), in a game that ended a week to develop basketball on the continent , as well as participate in many charity events. The NBA, which is organizing this week, took part in the Orphanage of Ennerdale, an institution « SOS Children’s Villages », in which it financed the construction of a basketball court. The children of the Ennerdale orphanage have therefore participated in basketball workshops run by the NBA players. More than ten houses were also built by the 200 NBA Cares volunteers in the township of Lenasia.

nba.com/africa