Posted: Aug 13, 2011 6:39 PM by Brent Carney
Nazr Mohammed was not sure he would ever get the chance to return to play at Rupp Arena.
He plans to enjoy it when he does get the opportunity to step back on the floor for the first time in 13 years Monday night. Mohammed is a member of the team of former Kentucky players assembled to take on the John Calipari coached Dominican Republic National Team in an exhibition game.
"I'm pretty pumped about it," Mohammed said.
Of the eight players taking part in the game, Mohammed has been away from Kentucky the longest. The thirteen year NBA veteran will play alongside John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Jodie Meeks, Tayshaun Prince, Rajon Rondo and Keith Bogans.
For Calipari's team, Monday's game is a major tune-up for international competition. So while the former Kentucky players may have a talent advantage, their opponent has motivation - and preparation - on its side.
"We got a pretty solid team but they've been practicing for a couple weeks and we're waking in there right off the street, but we're going to try to compete with them."
"We're professionals, we got some great players on our team, we don't have any plays set up or anything like that but we're going to go out there and compete and play hard and give our fans something to cheer for," Mohammed said.
Mohammed thinks his side will run basic pick and rolls and down screens on offense, though he did not rule out drawing up a play targeted for a specific player who is in a scoring rhythm.