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Festival Openaire Streetbasket

Festival Openaire Streetbasket

Luc Mbah a Moute was the special guest of the Festival OpenAIRE Streetbasket in Geneva, a high-level basketball tournament punctuated by many events.

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Luc guest in Sunday Night Live

Luc guest in Sunday Night Live

Luc Mbah a Moute is in France! Guest on the TV studio Sunday Night Live (beIN Sports), Luc participated in the basketball show and told us, among other analysis on the season of his team.

Luc’s interview and show’s appearances in Cameroon

Luc’s interview and show’s appearances in Cameroon

LMAM is currently in Cameroon and he participated in several local shows where he had an amazing time sharing his basketball season and his future plans.

 

Samuel Eto’o and Luc Mbah a Moute

Samuel Eto’o and Luc Mbah a Moute

With the sport’s season coming to an end, our Cameroonians Champions Luc Mbah a Moute and Samuel Eto’o shared a fun moment together on social media. Luc offered Samuel his jersey from the Timberwolves.

 

Eye-Opening Visit

Since joining the NBA in 2008, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has used his platform to give back to his native Cameroon and surrounding countries in Africa.


Luc visited refugee camps in Kenya last month with a UNICEF outreach team.

Luc has made several trips over to Africa with outreach programs, many of which involved basketball. But nothing he did prior could prepare Luc for what he saw last week when he participated in a UNICEF outreach mission trip to Kenya.

Along with OKC Thunder forward Nick Collison and NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, Luc visited a refugee camp in Kakuma where more than 100,000 refugees are living. He told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the trip gave him a different perspective on the state of things in different parts of the continent.

« Being African, you think you’ve seen it all. The refugee camp was something I’ve never seen before, » he said. « We vaccinated kids for polio and went to the schools. »


Luc administers a Polio vaccine in Turkana with UNICEF.

According to UNICEF, the camp was established back in 1992. At that point it housed 7,000 refugees and has added nearly 100,000 in the last 20 years. Kakuma occupies 12 square kilometres and is above its capacity. It houses refugees from Somalia, South Sudan, Burundi and Ethiopia. Of the 100,000, more than 50 percent are children and one of the main goals of the programs through UNICEF is to provide more places where those children can go and get a proper education.

In addition to learning about the camp and touring the grounds, Luc, Collison and Mutumbo led a basketball camp at Kakuma. They then travelled to Lodwar, where they met rescued girls at St. Monica’s Girls’ School and the Nardikonyen Children Rescue Centre. The group also visited Turkana, where they vaccinated kids for polio.

« It was an amazing experience to go over there and see my brothers, » Luc said. « It was very powerful for me. »

View more pictures of Luc’s journey below, courtesy of UNICEF:


Luc and Dikembe get ready to head to Kenya.


The crew is on its way.


Arrival at the UNICEF Turkana office in Lodwar.


Meeting with the district commissioner in Lodwar before touring the area.


Ready to begin our mission.

Visiting a classroom in Lokitaung Primary School, where the average classroom has to hold 114 students.


The group speaks with rescued girls at St. Monica’s Girls’ school in Lodwar.


Sleeping arrangements at St. Monica’s, where, due to space constraints, girls sleep two to a bed.


The borehole where girls at St. Monica’s fetch water.


The group goes through security check, departing the camp after a life-changing experience.

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A Special Night Off

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute used a night off on Monday to do something special.

Luc and his Milwaukee Bucks teammates hosted a basketball clinic on Monday night for 200 Special Olympics athletes and their coaches at Homestead High School in nearby Mequon, Wisconsin.

 

The Bucks have enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Special Olympics, a relationship that goes back nearly 25 years and though the members of each organization have changed, the warmth and caring spirit remains on the Bucks.

That goes especially for Luc, who, in his three years as an NBA player, has become well known for his charitable contributions to help kids in the U.S. and abroad.

« For us to have the impact we have on the kids is always something special, » he told FOX6 on Monday night. « This is even more special. »

Many of the Special Olympics athletes got excited to meet some of their favorite players.

« I like to see all the Bucks people, like my favorite players. It’s nice! » Mario Ogunbowale said.


Bucks players and the Special Olympics athletes bring their hands together as a sign of unity.

While the athletes had a great time at the event, it was also special for their parents, who had a chance to see their children have fun and interact with some of their idols.

« It’s the atmosphere. It brings the good out, » Brenda North, parent of a Special Olympian, told FOX6. « It’s wonderful. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so it will be cherished for a long time to come. »

Bucks assistant coach Jim Boylan told FOX6 that the event also offers players, coaches and Bucks staff members some unique perspective.

« Sometimes you think your life is tough, and you have a lot of things on your mind, and then you come around these kids and they just have joy in their hearts, and a pep in their step, and they’re happy to be out here interacting with you, playing basketball and having a good time, » he said. « It really puts things in perspective. »

BUCKS DROP WEEKEND PAIR

Coming off one of the most successful weeks in recent franchise history, with wins over the Lakers and Heat, the Bucks were riding-high. But they hit a bump in the road over the weekend.

Milwaukee lost both games of a Friday-Saturday back-to-back, dropping one the Pistons, 88-80, in Detroit on Friday night before returning home and succumbing to the Bulls, 113-90 on Saturday.

Luc was 3-of-6 for seven points and added five rebounds in Detroit on Friday. On Saturday, he did his best to stay in front of Chicago’s Luol Deng, forcing Deng to take 19 shots to get his 21 points.

On the offensive end, Luc was one of nine Bucks held to single digits on the scoreboard with five points. He added four rebounds and two blocks, but Milwaukee could not find enough offense to keep up with Chicago, as only Drew Gooden and Tobias Harris scored in double-digits.

« I’m hopeful it’s fatigue or something, » Bucks coach Scott Skiles said of the lack of us success over the weekend, « and we can get our legs under us [Sunday] and come back and have a good practice on Monday and try to get something going for next week. »

NEXT UP

The Bucks have a healthy chance at a winning week, with games against Phoenix, Toronto and Cleveland on the slate. All three of their opponents sport records worse than Milwaukee at the moment.

The week begins tonight as the Bucks finish up a quick homestand by hosting the Phoenix Suns at the Bradley Center. Luc’s versatility will be needed as the Suns have one of the most versatile front lines in the league.

Former MVP Steve Nash recorded a season high in points against the Bucks on Jan. 8, so the Prince may be called upon to slow him down as well.

Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m CST and the game can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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Going Back to School

I’m back in the US after a great trip home to Cameroon for my camp.

With the lockout still in effect, I’m trying to find things to do outside of my workouts that I’ve always wanted to do. So I decided to enroll at UCLA for some classes to try to finish my degree in International Development.

On UCLA campus in 2006 (Kurt Miller/ The Press-Enterprise)I’ve wanted to do this for a while. I took two classes online during the previous summer session and now I have four more classes left to get my degree. Depending on how long this lockout goes, I might take more classes and then graduate at the end of the fall. We’ll see how that goes. My goal has been just to knock it off a little bit at a time with online classes during the summer sessions.

I think finishing my degree is a very important thing. I’ve always wanted to have a degree and that’s one of the reasons I went to UCLA. I think a degree from UCLA is something very prestigious and I value that very much. Since I left UCLA early for the NBA, I was committed to coming back and finishing it.

The things I want to do after I’m done playing basketball, like being a sports ambassador for my country, definitely require a degree. It’s also just important to me to have an education.

                                                                                               On UCLA campus in 2006 (Kurt Miller/The Press-Enterprise)

I worked so hard to get to that point and to only have a few classes left, I need to do it. My parents have been on me since I left school about finishing. It’s time for me to make them proud.

WAITING OUT THE LOCKOUT
Other than going back to school, I don’t have any real plans during the lockout.

I saw when the NFL was in lockout, Chad Ochocinco tried out for the MLS. If I ever had a chance to play soccer, I would definitely do it. Soccer was my first love, growing up in Cameroon. I still watch a lot of soccer and love the game. I don’t watch much MLS, but European soccer.

I’m also thinking about traveling a little more. That’s something I love doing. I want to see more things inside the United States. I’ve been to a lot of cities from playing basketball in college and the NBA, but we’re never able to stay long enough to see much outside of the arena. So seeing the States isn’t something I’ve really had a chance to do.

I’d love to just go around, see different places, tourist areas, places like the Grand Canyon. It just depends on the time and opportunity, but if I have a chance to go, I’ll go.

Most of all I’m going to just do more of the things I like to do: working out, talking with my friends, watching TV, playing video games, listening to music and reading.

I love all kinds of music, it all really depends on the mood. Sometimes I just feel like listening to jazz, so then I’ll just end up listening to that for the next three or four days. Then I’ll switch it up to R&B and listen to that for two or three days. Then I’ll go back to my African music, or somebody will send me a rap song and I’ll listen to that for a couple of days.

It just depends, but I like a variety of things and I have friends sending me things all the time, music from back home, Caribbean music, reggae, rap, everything.

SEASON OF UNCERTAINTY
I’m really hopeful that everything will workout with the lockout, but it’s really stressful, especially for me.

Not only do I not know when we’re going to be playing again, but as a restricted free agent, I also don’t know where I will be playing when we do get back to basketball.

It’s a tough situation. Not knowing when you’re going to be playing is one thing. But not knowing where you’re going to be playing is something else. You have your house situation you have to figure out, your family stuff and all kinds of other stuff to go through to get ready. It’s all very stressful and that’s why I hope they can solve this, if not soon, then sooner rather than later.

I can’t even remember the last time I didn’t know when or where I’d be playing basketball again, I guess before the draft, but even then I had a better idea than I do now.

Coming out of college as a guy drafted in the second round, no one really expected me to stick but I ended up starting more than half the games over the last three years, I think that’s success. I’ve strived to be one of the best defenders in the league, one of the most versatile defenders in the league. Those are all positives, but there is always room to improve.

When you look at playing NBA defense from the outside, you don’t realize how hard it is and what else goes into it. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am. I’ve always had confidence in my abilities. When I got drafted, I was selected based on my defensive abilities, so I’m not surprised that I’ve been able to do it. I just had to go out there and show I could do it. And I did that, and I’m happy, but now I have to take it to another level.

I’ve had a good three years in Milwaukee and I hope it can continue. The best part was definitely making the playoffs the year before last. It gave us a taste of what having a successful season could be like and that’s a chance that you always want to have. Once you taste the postseason, anything other than that kind of feels like a failure.

There have been tough moments with the Bucks too. Every year it seems like we’ve had seven new guys coming and seven guys leaving in, from the time I got there. That makes it tough to get comfortable. But we do have the same core guys who have stayed for those three years, which has built some good chemistry.

That 2010 playoff team had some really good chemistry and that really helped us, especially defensively, knowing where to cover for each other. That was big for us. We have to try to find that chemistry again and once we do that, we should be a good team then.

With my next contract, I want to be part of a situation where I have a chance to compete for a conference championship and an NBA championship. I want to be on a team that at one point has a chance to compete for those things. I think it can happen in Milwaukee if we all put the work in. But whether it’s there or elsewhere, being a part of that is my ultimate goal.

A Heartbreaking Loss

I have a hard time, as I’m sure every Cameroonian does, digesting the elimination from the World Cup in the first round again.

In fact, ever since that great run in 1990, we have not gone past the first round at the World Cup. This time, we fell at the hands of Denmark.


All of Cameroon felt like Samuel Eto’o (Reuters).

The game started with Cameroon playing great, so much so that at the 10th minute, Samuel Eto’o scored our first (and only) goal of the Cup. The stadium went crazy! People were jumping everywhere. It was so bad that I found myself two rows from my seat, hugging people that I didn’t know.

Later, when everyone sat down, tears started streaming from my eyes. Not because I was happy, but because I realized that I got elbowed in the eye during the celebration. Man, it was hurting!

That was one of the most exciting moments of my trip.

It was also the high point. Denmark ended up winning, 2-1. Afterward, there were groups of people all around the stadium talking about the game and the team.

It appears to be a lot of internal  issues on the team. I came back, called my travel agent, and went straight to bed.

Yes, Cameroon being out of the World Cup ended my vacation. I will not be going to Capetown for the last game. I’m going to go back home for a few days, then back to the U.S., get in the lab, and get ready for a big season next year.

With Argentina’s Fans

Another great day in Johannesburg!

I was supposed to go visit the Apartheid Museum, but we ended going to the Argentina vs Korea game. It ended up being one of the most exciting games of the Cup so far, with a 4-1 final score.

Argentina’s people were the most exciting fans that I’ve seen so far, along with the South Africans. The whole stadium was covered with banners from Argentinian home clubs to pictures of Maradona and Che Guevara. The game was dominated by Messi and his boys from start to finish, and Argentina is now going to move to the next round.


Luc with Argentina’s finest.

The other story out here was the upset of France by Mexico, which adds to the high number of upsets that have been hapening so far in the tournament. Otherwise, it’s been quiet. It’s still really cold out here, so people tend to stay inside more than they normally would at a World Cup. Tomorrow, I’m going to the USA game vs Slovenia.


A panoramic view of Argentina’s fans

Starting on a Down Note

It is about 12:30 am Tuesday here in South Africa, and I just got back to the hotel from a long day in Bloemfontein.

It takes about four hours to get from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein, so we left early — around seven in the morning — because we wanted to beat the traffic leaving. We also didn’t want to miss the pre-game celebrations.


This is what it means to support Cameroon.

Sure enough, the « Pays » — as we call a group of Cameroonian outside the country — showed up. The Green Red and Yellow was everywhere, from traditional outfits to different homemade costumes. The Lions were represented everywhere. What was surprising for me was the support we got from South Africans. From adults to high school kids, they all came to the stadium wearing Cameroonian colors. I thought that was awesome!

TOUGH START FOR THE LIONS
The game itself was terrible. We did not play well at all. Cameroon only had one shot at the goal the whole first half, which explains why were down 1-0 after the first 45 minutes. The second half started with about the same pace the first half did. It wasn’t until the 80th minute of the game that we saw more action from the Lions, trying to tie it up, but by then, it was too late.

We ended up losing, 1-0. It was a very disappointing loss for us, knowing that this was a game that we should have won, especially given that we are playing better teams in Denmark and the Netherlands, respectively.

Talking to other people from Cameroon outside the stadium on my way home, everyone was disappointed. And like good Cameroonians, they all had something to say or argue about why we lost the game. They say there are 20 million coaches in Cameroon because each and every person has an opinion, strategy, lineup, or something to say about the national team. LOL…

For once, though, nearly everyone agreed, saying that the coaching decisions — especially the lineup — were the reason we lost the game. Looking at what happened, it is hard to disagree. Coach Paul Le Guen decided to sit Alexandre Song, the midfielder who plays for Arsenal. He started Samuel Eto’o on the right wing instead of center striker, which is his normal position. And he started three very young players, all who were playing their first World Cup, leaving players like Achile Emana and Geremi on the bench.

All these changes in the lineup, along with the loss, put a lot of doubts in Cameroonian heads as they wait for the most important game of the tournament — against Denmark on the 19th.

As for me, I’m just soaking it all in like a sponge. Tomorrow, I’ll be hanging out at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, where the ESPN studios are located. ‘Til then, goodnight everyone from Johannesburg!

Moute at the World Cup

I always dreamed about going to the World Cup, and what an experience it would be. And I can’t think of a better way to do it than go to the first ever World Cup held in Africa. So I’m here in South Africa, ready to go and blog about it, and live the dream for the first time.


Roger Milla, hero of Cameroon’s 1990 World Cup campaign.

You need to understand: Soccer is like a religion here in Africa. Almost everybody plays, no matter if they live in the urban cities or rural villages. Cameroon, my country, has always been one of the best soccer teams in Africa, participating in multiple World Cups (1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002).

The best memory of the team, which is nicknamed the Indomitable Lions, is when they reached the quarterfinals in 1990. That was the first time an African team went that far in the competition, and my first experience with the World Cup. Me and my brothers were too young to go, but I remember watching TV, trying to see my dad, who went. I also remember looking at the pictures later when I was older, and it just seemed like a wonderful experience.

For me, this is the experience of a lifetime, and for the weeks I am in South Africa, you guys will be able to live it through my eyes. I look forward to the different activities before and after games, all the different dances and songs from the countries and cultures represented. The crazy fans like the English hooligans, the Brazilians dancing the samba outside the stadiums. Also looking forward to visiting the prison where Nelson Mandela was held and — who knows — maybe meeting him, which is probably going to be impossible.

But as they say in my country, « Impossible is not Cameroonian! »

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!

 

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!

 

Shining at the Four

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute grabbed two rebounds and the Bucks took the first of two straight games against Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat, 95-84, at home in Milwaukee.

Saturday’s win combined with Wednesday’s over the 76ers are the first back-to-back wins for the Bucks since they started 2010 with three straight.

SKILES LIKES LUC AT THE 4
Luc Richard had been playing mostly from the small forward position this year but Jan. 20 against Toronto he started at the power forward position to make room for Carlos Delfino. Said Head Coach Scott Skiles of his current rotation:

“We decided to get Mbah a Moute in the (power forward) spot, where he played his best last year. Take a look at that for a little bit and see how it worked. Obviously that means either Ersan or Hak don’t get as many minutes. It’s hard to play three guys at the same position.

Switching Luc between the three and the four can help with depth but it also creates a log jam as Skiles notes:

“We can also get Ersan in there and put Mbah a Moute back at (small forward). There’s some ways to get guys minutes, but it’s difficult to get all three of them significant minutes.

The primary reason for the shuffle is that Luc has been playing much better at the power forward position, something Skiles relates to his maneuverability with bigger players:

“We’re trying to get some better play out of Luc. For whatever reason, he rebounds it better when he’s at (power forward). I think maybe some of the bigger players lose track of him a little bit and he’s able to get in there and do some things that he’s not necessarily able to do at (small forward).”

DEFENSIVE DAP FROM DIME
Once again Luc Richard is drawing praise for his excellent defense. No. 12 has been called to guard some of the NBA’s best players including Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki.

Dime Magazine recently published its Midseason All-Defensive team and it was no surprise that Luc Richard was one of the 12 chosen players from the East squad.

EAST
G – Dwyane Wade
G – Andre Iguodala
F – Gerald Wallace
F – Josh Smith
C – Joakim Noah
Bench
G – Kirk Hinrich
G – Rajon Rondo
G – Stephen Jackson
F – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
F – LeBron James
F/C – Kevin Garnett
C – Dwight Howard

LUC AT THE MOVIES
Avatar has been making waves throughout the movie world recently surpassing Titanic as the number one grossing movie of all time. Avatar has so far brought in an estimated $2,039,222,000 according to Boxofficemojo.com and somewhere in there is Bucks’ power forward Luc Richard.

The 23-year-old asked Twitter fans this week for advice on what movie to see. The response was overwhelming for Avatar and Luc Richard was very grateful. Said the Bucks’ starter on twitter:

“Avatar was definitely the best choice”

Following it up with:

“Especially IMAX 3D the graphics were ridiculous!!!”

NEXT UP
Luc Richard and the Bucks once again take on the Heat, this time in Miami. The Bucks held Dwayne Wade to just 6-20 shooting; including 0-6 from beyond the arch Saturday night. Watch them try to repeat their defensive performance at 6:30 CST. The game can be seen on FSN Wisconsin.

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Dime’s Midseason All-Defensive Teams (Dimemag.com, Jan. 29, 2010)
http://dimemag.com/2010/01/midseason-all-defensive-teams/
Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks-Box Score (ESPN.com, Jan. 30, 2010)
http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=300130015
Giving things a spin (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jan. 30, 2010)
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/83180832.html