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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.

 

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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 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/

Press Review : Cameroon Calling – ESPN THE MAGAZINE

More than a decade ago, Luc Mbah a Moute created a path, which Joel Embiid took and Pascal Siakam followed. This is the untold story of the rise of Cameroonian ball.
by Jackie MacMullan

On a sticky July afternoon in Cameroon, beads of perspiration dot a young boy’s brow as he paces outside the Yaoundé Sports Palace, plotting his entry. The expansive, asymmetric dome with a sharply pointed roof was a diplomatic gift from the People’s Republic of China, plunked into the city of Yaoundé like a spaceship from another galaxy. The 10-year-old, named Arthur, yells to the guard out front but is told that family and friends are not allowed inside. « But I want to see my brother! » the boy says, his infectious grin creasing his round, sun-kissed face. « You can just let me in, OK? »

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Press review : Basketball Without Borders Holds Special Meaning To Mbah A Moute

Basketball without Borders is more than an NBA community outreach program to Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute.

It’s, in some ways, where his basketball dreams became tangible.

The Cameroon native was a camper at the inaugural BWB Africa camp in 2003. Given what it meant to him, Mbah a Moute always makes it a point to stay involved in the program, which this summer meant traveling to Angola to help teach at the camp.

“I go back every year and talk to the kids,” Mbah a Moute said. “You know, just kind of keep the dream alive for them, and make sure they understand the dream is true. I’ve done it; I’ve gone through the whole path, being in their shoes, then going to high school here in the U.S., college, and then being in the NBA now.”

BWB’s goal is to promote the NBA while encouraging positive social change in education, health and wellness worldwide. It brings the top youth players from the area together to receive training from current and former NBA players and coaches.

This summer, the top 87 boys and girls from 27 African countries traveled to the first BWB Africa camp in Angola from Aug. 31-Sept. 3 at Pavilhão Multiusos do Kilamba in Luanda.

Mbah a Moute, who still remembers being a teenage camper with NBA aspirations when he attended 13 years ago in South Africa, was among a group of NBA and FIBA players and coaches teaching the kids, which also included Bismack Biyombo, Eric Bledsoe, Salah Mejri, Thabo Sefolosha and Cody Zeller.

They were joined by NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, as well as former NBA players Charlie Bell, Jason Collins and Olumide Oyedeji and former WNBA players Astou Ndiaye-Diatta and Jenn Lacy. In addition, Pelicans general manager Dell Demps and Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri served as camp directors.

Mbah a Moute said he spent about a month and a half in Africa this summer, and every year he tries to make it a point to return, largely to help with camps.

“It’s always great when you see the kids,” Mbah a Moute said. “They identify with you, because you’ve actually been there. You know what they go through on a regular day, whether it’s basketball-wise, lifestyle-wise, you know because you’re from there.”

And that’s not an anomaly.

Mbah a Moute is one of 21 former BWB campers and one of a record 10 African players who were on opening-night NBA rosters last season. The BWB program began in 2001 in Europe and has since staged 46 camps in 23 countries on six continents, hosting more than 2,500 participants.

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The first Jr. NBA League in Cameroon

Cameroonian National Basketball Association (NBA) star Luc Richard Mbah A Moute is back home in Cameroon with Sports Envoys NBA and WNBA stars Charlie Bell and Astou Ndiaye, an American who is a native of Senegal. National Basketball Association (NBA) and Women’s NBA stars are visiting Yaounde from September 5 through 9, 2016 for a series of youth sports community outreach programs in partnership with the Ministry of Sports and the Cameroonian Basketball Federation (FECA Basket). Their visit underscores the partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of Cameroon to promote youth empowerment and education through sports.

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Basketball Without Borders, Africa Tips Off In Angola For the First Time

The 14th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa tipped off at Pavilhão Multiusos do Kilamba in Luanda on Wednesday morning. Featuring 87 boys and girls from 26 African countries, the camp is hosted for the first time in Angola, after previously taking place in South Africa (2003-09 and 2011-15) and Senegal (2010).

The four-day camp started off with a life-skills seminar for the young participants. The seminar was moderated by Hoops 4 Hope and led by Amadou Gallo Fall (NBA Vice President & Managing Director for Africa), Masai Ujiri (President of Basketball Operations, Toronto Raptors), Luc Mbah a Moute (Los Angeles Clippers) and Dikembe Mutombo (NBA Global Ambassador) who spoke about all the upcoming activities and shared their individual BWB journeys.

The camp got officially underway at the press conference opened by Amadou Gallo Fall, joined by Dikembe Mutombo, Helmarc Comercio & Industria CEO Helder Cruz and Angolan Minister of Youth and Sports Gonçalves Muandumba. “It is a great honour to be hosting Basketball without Borders here in Angola for the first time. Angola is a great basketball nation and hosting the camp here contributes to our efforts of growing the NBA’s footprint across the continent” said Fall.

Following the press conference the campers headed straight to the basketball courts to take part in scrimmages and positional development sessions. It was the first opportunity for them to compete in front of NBA and WNBA players and coaches. The NBA players’ contingent, including Salah Mejri (Dallas Mavericks, Tunisia), Olumide Oyedeji (former NBA player, Nigeria), Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets, USA), Luc Mbah a Moute (Los Angeles Clippers, Cameroon), Eric Bledsoe (Phoenix Suns, USA) and Jenn Lacy (WNBA Legend), was accompanied by Angolan basketball greats such as Carlos Morais, Joaquim Gomes and Yannick Moreira.

Salah Mejri said “It is great to see all these boys and girls at BWB. The talent I have seen here today is great and it is encouraging that Africa has basketball potential which spans the entire continent.” The day concluded with a Jr. NBA clinic hosted in partnership with UNICEF, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa and Hoops 4 Hope.

 

Great camp so far fellas! Lets finish it off on a high note tomorrow! #bwb #nba #africa #bwbafrica

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Press Release: Clippers Re-sign Free Agent Luc Mbah A Moute

The LA Clippers announced today the team has re-signed free agents Jamal Crawford, Wesley Johnson, Luc Mbah A Moute and Austin Rivers.

Mbah A Moute, 29, returns to the Clippers for his second season in L.A. after averaging 3.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.6 steals in 75 games (61 starts). The Clippers went 42-19 in games that he started at forward, as the former UCLA standout allowed the fewest points per defensive possession in isolation in the NBA last season (.469, 50+ defensive possessions). A Cameroon native, Mbah A Moute holds career averages of 6.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in 541 games (362 starts) with Milwaukee, Sacramento, Minnesota, Philadelphia and the Clippers.

It’s official! Welcome home Jamal, Austin, Luc and Wes!

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Luc will be back in action providing lockdown defense! 🙌

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