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L.A. Clippers Waive Luc Mbah a Moute

L.A. Clippers Waive Luc Mbah a Moute

The L.A. Clippers have waived forward Luc Mbah a Moute, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank.

Mbah a Moute, 32, appeared in four games for the Clippers this season, averaging 5.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 15.3 minutes. The 6’8”, 230-pound forward holds career averages of 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 23.3 minutes in 686 appearances across 11 NBA seasons with Milwaukee, Sacramento, Minnesota, Philadelphia, L.A. and Houston. A native of Cameroon, he was selected 37th overall by Milwaukee in the 2008 NBA Draft following three collegiate seasons at UCLA.

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L.A. Clippers Forward Luc Mbah a Moute Undergoes Surgical Procedure – by LA Clippers

L.A. Clippers Forward Luc Mbah a Moute Undergoes Surgical Procedure – by LA Clippers

The L.A. Clippers today announced that forward Luc Mbah a Moute underwent a partial medial meniscectomy on his left knee, with medial femoral condyle chondroplasty. The surgery was performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on March 27, 2019.

Mbah a Moute was injured during the Clippers game versus New Orleans on October 23, 2018. Luc at first underwent various non-surgical treatment options this season for his left knee injury which ultimately required a procedure. Mbah a Moute will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 NBA season. The expected timetable is a return to basketball-related activity in 8 weeks.

Mbah a Moute, 32, has appeared in four games for the Clippers this season, averaging 5.0 points and 1.8 rebounds in 15.3 minutes per game.

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L.A. Clippers sign forward Luc Mbah a Moute

L.A. Clippers sign forward Luc Mbah a Moute

The L.A. Clippers have signed free-agent forward Luc Mbah a Moute, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

“Luc is the ultimate professional”, said Frank. “He is a very smart player and an outstanding defender who leads by example and provides a strong cultural presence in the locker room. Luc is a class act that we welcome back to the Clippers.”

Mbah a Moute, 31, appeared in 61 games for the Houston Rockets last season, averaging 7.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.18 steals in 25.6 minutes. The 6’8”, 230-pound forward spent the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons with the Clippers, averaging 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19.7 minutes over 155 appearances (137 starts). He holds career averages of 6.4 points and 4.1 rebounds across 10 NBA seasons with Milwaukee, Sacramento, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Houston and L.A.

A native of Cameroon, Mbah a Moute was selected 37th overall by Milwaukee in the 2008 NBA Draft after three collegiate seasons at UCLA, where he was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a member of the Pac-10 All-Freshman team in 2006.

Mbah-a-Mouteball: How the Rockets Chased Value to Challenge the Warriors

Mbah-a-Mouteball: How the Rockets Chased Value to Challenge the Warriors


One of the many peculiar things about being a professional athlete is that your colleagues know exactly how much money you make.

In the 10 years that he’s been an NBA role player, Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute has never been paid as much as his peers. He’s earned less in his entire career than James Harden earned this year alone. As a free agent last summer, he was on the open market longer than most players before he finally signed a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum salary, the least that any NBA team could offer.

“Everybody could’ve gotten him,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said, “and we did.”

He’s been so useful that it has since become clear Mbah a Moute was deeply misvalued by the league. To put it very simply, when he’s on the court, his team is better. And yet D’Antoni can’t fault other teams if they couldn’t understand why. “To be honest with you,” he said, “I didn’t know it, either.”

And what exactly was it that he didn’t know about Mbah a Moute?

“That he’s one of the best players in the league,” D’Antoni said.

Stephen Curry trailed by none other than Luc Mbah a Moute.
Stephen Curry trailed by none other than Luc Mbah a Moute. PHOTO: EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES

Which sounds like an odd thing to say about someone who averages 7.5 points per game coming off the bench. Except he’s precisely the sort of player the Rockets knew they would need against the team they knew they would need to beat.

The Rockets and Golden State Warriors have circled each other like sumo wrestlers all season long, and now they’re colliding in the Western Conference Finals, a series between dominant, intelligent, carefully built teams responsible for many of the stylistic innovations that have defined the modern NBA. The Warriors are the reigning champions eyeing a third title in four years. You may have heard something about them. But the Rockets were constructed specifically to beat the Warriors, and they established themselves as the biggest threat to their budding dynasty by winning the most games in the NBA this season. They became good enough that Golden State losing is at least theoretically possible now.

This is a matchup with valuable players, most valuable players like James HardenStephen Curry and Kevin Durant, and one player who is crucially valuable in his own quiet way: Luc Mbah a Moute.

Every decision in basketball is a reflection of what NBA teams value and why. Because they’re constrained by a salary cap from spending indiscriminately—this is not baseball—they have no choice but to find value in unexpected places. And they win championships by doing more with the same amount of money. The embarrassment of riches otherwise known as the Warriors, for example, only exist because Curry was on a bargain contract until this season, at which point Durant agreed to his own sweetheart discount.

But it has never been more imperative to chase value on the margins in this era of talent consolidation across the NBA. There is a premium on effective, affordable players, and stealing a niche player on a minimum deal can be as important as picking the right star player for a maximum salary.

Which is why every team would take a Luc Mbah a Moute.

Chris Paul was part of the recruiting effort to bring Luc Mbah a Moute to Houston.
Chris Paul was part of the recruiting effort to bring Luc Mbah a Moute to Houston. PHOTO: ERIC CHRISTIAN SMITH/ASSOCIATED PRESS

There was a simple reason the Rockets targeted Mbah a Moute, a 6-foot-8 forward who could guard anyone, after they paired James Harden with Chris Paul last summer. It was almost entirely because they were obsessed with the Warriors. They didn’t need to crunch the numbers to know they would probably have to play Golden State on their way to an NBA title—this being the Rockets, they crunched the numbers anyway—and that meant it wasn’t enough for them to merely improve. They had to improve in a way that increased their chances against the Warriors.

They were convinced that Mbah a Moute could help. Golden State’s small lineups feast on mismatches, but there is no team capable of starving them like the Rockets. And that’s by design. Houston can surround Harden and Paul with the versatile, interchangeable players required to switch on defense and survive against the Warriors—players like Mbah a Moute. In two games against Golden State, Mbah a Moute was positional silly putty. He defended Klay Thompson on 33 possessions, Durant for 23 possessions and Curry for 13 possessions, according to NBA tracking data.

Luc Mbah a Moute can guard Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry and even LeBron James.


Mbah a Moute, a Cameroonian who went to UCLA and bounced around five teams in five years before this season, was secretly good at lots of little things for a long time until those very things made him valuable.

He moved the ball, spaced the floor and was perfectly happy to guard the other team’s leading scorer. But one reason he was overlooked is that he did not shoot. He was good at not shooting, but not shooting wasn’t an option in Houston, where he’s been encouraged to shoot more than ever. “People thought I wasn’t a good shooter,” said Mbah a Moute, who is shooting 36% on 3-pointers this year, “but it’s because I was never really in a position where I could shoot.”

Houston saw the potential in Mbah a Moute that other teams ignored. It was not an accident that he signed there when he could have signed anywhere. “No, no, no—that one we went after hard,” D’Antoni said.

Rockets executives were on the phone with Mbah a Moute and his agent every day until he agreed to a deal. As he called around the league, general manager Daryl Morey heard so much praise about Mbah a Moute from coaches, executives and former teammates like Paul that he actually got worried. “It was almost toomuch raving,” he said. “I was, like, it can’t all be this good. It’s been even better.”

Mbah a Moute felt the same way as the Rockets. He was a little baffled at how badly they wanted him, especially because they already had P.J. Tucker, another undervalued wing player they prioritized last off-season.

“You just signed P.J.,” he said, “and I think we do the same thing?”

But what Houston realized was that it couldn’t have enough players like Tucker and Mbah a Moute.

“That made sense to me,” Mbah a Moute said. “I felt I could be a complementary piece of the puzzle.”

Houston’s big free-agency moves: Chris Paul (not pictured), Luc Mbah a Moute (left) and P.J. Tucker (right).
Houston’s big free-agency moves: Chris Paul (not pictured), Luc Mbah a Moute (left) and P.J. Tucker (right). PHOTO:ERIC CHRISTIAN SMITH/ASSOCIATED PRESS

He was a positionless player before position became a dirty word, and when the game evolved, he took advantage of the ideas that have reshaped the league. Mbah a Moute was suddenly a market inefficiency. What he did was in high demand, and yet he was still available for cheap. That was all the incentive the Rockets needed to pursue him.

It worked out spectacularly well.

The Rockets set a franchise record for wins in a season. Their offense was more explosive than last year’s, when it was one of the most explosive of all-time. Their defense went from mediocre to elite under the influence of Paul, Tucker and Mbah a Moute, whose defensive rating was the lowest on the team.

He now finds himself in line for a richer contract because it turned out that D’Antoni calling him one of the league’s best players was positively D’Antonian: It may have sounded wrong, maybe even ridiculous, until it was right.

In fact, of the hundreds of player combinations that logged more than 1,000 minutes together, the Rockets had the single most productive two-man lineup in the NBA, a duo with a better net rating than even Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.

This pair that annihilated other teams: the likely most valuable player James Harden and Luc Mbah a Moute.

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City of Houston Honors Mbah a Moute

City of Houston Honors Mbah a Moute

City proclaims November 28, 2017 as Luc’s Day in Houston.

Today, the Mayor and City Council honored the Rockets’ Forward for his contributions to the City by proclaiming November 28, 2017, Luc Mbah a Moute Day in Houston.

The full proclamation reads:

« WHEREAS, an influential NBA basketball player for the Houston Rockets, Luc Mbah A. Moute is a community servant and leader. He serves as a motivational speaker, sharing his inspirational story to help people overcome life challenges and follow their dreams; and,

WHEREAS, a few years ago, Luc Mbah A. Moute launched the Luc Mbah A. Moute Foundation, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring children around the world to believe in themselves, and the many possibilities for their future despite life’s trials and tribulations. His organization also helps the youth by contributing to improving issues such as education, health and nutrition; and,

WHEREAS, partnering with established and key organizations, the Luc Mbah A Moute Foundation continues to impact communities and individuals that need assistance, helping thousands obtain medical treatment and school supplies, as well as assisting with various programs; and,

WHEREAS, on November 28, 2017, Luc Mbah A. Moute for his countless contributions through the Luc Mbah A Moute Foundation, especially during Hurricane Harvey, The City of Houston commends and appreciates Luc Mbah A. Moute for his service, impacting the lives of youth as a true role model and improving communities through his giving heart.

THEREFORE, I, Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim November 28, 2017, as Luc Mbah A. Moute Day in Houston, Texas. »

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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!

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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.


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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.


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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.


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Press Review : Cameroon Calling – ESPN THE MAGAZINE

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

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.

Rowan Kavner Digital Content Coordinator

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The first Jr. NBA League in Cameroon

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.


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

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

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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Press review : Mbah a Moute Redefining Game In Seventh NBA Season

Press review : Mbah a Moute Redefining Game In Seventh NBA Season

Type Luc Mbah a Moute’s name into YouTube and you’ll find videos like “Mbah a Moute monster block on LeBron James,” “Mbah a Moute vs. Kevin Durant,” and “Mbah a Moute Iso Defense.” But this season, videos like “Mbah drops 18 points” or “Mbah a Moute goes for 19” are becoming the norm.

For the better part of his seven-season NBA career, defense has been Mbah a Moute’s calling card. The 6’8” forward from Cameroon entered the league as a tested collegiate athlete, the first player at UCLA since Bill Walton to start in three consecutive Final Fours.

When he decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2008 NBA Draft, Mbah a Moute had solidified himself as a legitimate defensive stalwart who could suit up at either the three or the four positions on the floor. He was honorable mention All Pac-10 as well as honorable mention Pac-10 All-Defensive Team.

Fast forward to August 23, 2014, and Mbah a Moute found himself a piece in the blockbuster deal that centered around sending Kevin Love from Minnesota to Cleveland to team up with LeBron James and Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia to Minnesota in return for a 2015 first-round pick, Mbah a Moute, and Alexey Shved.

When the veteran forward arrived in Philadelphia, he was immediately an elder statesmen on the NBA’s youngest team. On the court, Mbah a Moute’s main job has been that of defensive Swiss Army knife, going one-on-one against point guards, shooting guards, small forwards, power forwards, and even centers at times and starting 42 of the 41 games in which he’s appeared this season.

« I think he is experiencing growth and giving us help pretty much all over the place,” head coach Brett Brown said earlier this season. “He helps us defensively, with his versatility. He is growing his own game from the perimeter and provides veteran stability in a locker room.”

While Mbah a Moute typically matches up with the opposing team’s most lethal offense threat on a nightly basis, he also has grown into a competent scorer whose 9.8 points per game are a career best.

His offense play of late has been exceptionally noteworthy, as he has scored at least 10 points in eight of his last nine games. This stretch included an 18-point outburst against the Minnesota Timberwolves, a team-high and a major factor in the 103-94 victory.

Along with his career-high points, he is also averaging career highs in field goals made (3.9) and field goals attempted (9.2).

The biggest indicator of Mbah a Moute’s new role is his average shot distance, which has ballooned from 8.3 feet to 13.3. This trend emphasizes the fact that Mbah a Moute is taking more jump shots and is confident in hitting the outside shot, a statistic highlighted by his 42.4% field goal percentage from 16 to 24 feet, which also is a career high. Just take a look at his shot chart this season (below) and hover over it to see what it looked like in his first six seasons.



If you watch or go to Sixers game you’ll still see Mbah a Moute guarding the likes of LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, James Harden, or even Al Jefferson, but you’ll also see him hitting jumpers, driving the lane, and providing scoring on an offense that needs as much of it as it can get. It seems that he is defying the odds and turning against the idea that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

by Doug Ammon

Former Teammates Leaning On One Another In New Setting

Former Teammates Leaning On One Another In New Setting

Alexey Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute come from worlds apart.

One grew up in Belgorod, Russia, a small industrial town that sits 25 miles from the Ukrainian border. The other was born a prince in a village near the Cameroonian capitol, Yaoundé. But basketball brought these two to the United States, and eventually to Minnesota, where they fostered a relationship as Timberwolves teammates that was built upon the surprising similarities that they shared.

“Alexey’s actually my guy, so [playing alongside him in Philadelphia] should be really fun,” Mbah a Moute told reporters on Thursday. “Back in Minnesota, we were best buddies, so I really like having him on the team. It makes the transition easier. »

Mbah a Moute arrived in Minnesota after a three-month stint with the Sacramento Kings that was preceded by five seasons with the Bucks. In Milwaukee, he started 233 games, averaging 6.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in just over 25 minutes per game.

Before being dealt to Philadelphia, Shved had spent the entirety of his two-year NBA career with the Timberwolves. Like many European products, he began playing professionally as a teenager before jumping the pond to the United States in 2012. Since then, the 6’6” combo guard has appeared in 140 NBA games, averaging 6.5 points and 2.5 assists per game.

Fast-forward to August 23, 2014, and both players found themselves on the outgoing end of a trade that sent forward Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia to Minnesota.

“Everybody on the [Sixers] has been great to us, not just to me, but to Alexey as well,” said Mbah a Moute. “We’ve had time to connect with everyone, and we’re starting to make relationships with everyone. They’ve embraced us and made us feel at home.”

It’s all part of the “we” mentality that seems to permeate every level of this Sixers team.

Shved and Mbah a Moute figure to play important roles both on and off the court for the Sixers this season. Shved has experience playing both guard positions and has flashed the ability to space the floor, something head coach Brett Brown said he’ll need more of this season. Mbah a Moute is a defensive-minded forward who, at 28 years old, will be leaned upon as a veteran leader.

Although they began their NBA journeys 6,000 miles apart, Alexy Shved and Luc Mbah a Moute are now closer then ever.

by Doug Ammon