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Nazr Mohammed promoted to GM of Oklahoma City’s G League team

A two-time National Champion at Kentucky is rising through the professional ranks… in the front office.

Nazr Mohammed was a part of Kentucky’s 1996 and 1998 National Championships before he was selected with the 29th pick of the 1998 NBA Draft. The seven-foot center spent 18 years playing for eight different NBA teams before retiring in 2016 as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He didn’t have to go far to find a post-playing career path. Nazr remained with the Thunder organization, spending the last four years going through what OKC describes as “an extensive post-playing transition program for former players with a curriculum designed by the team to prepare them for a transition to basketball operations.”

Mohammed’s next role — he will serve as the general manager for the Oklahoma City Blue, the Thunder’s G League affiliate. He’ll continue working directly with Thunder GM Sam Presti as a pro player personnel evaluator.

Many folks believe Kenny Payne is the key piece of the puzzle that will bring all of the talented former Wildcats to one place. Already with three ex-Cats on the OKC roster, if Mohammed continues to climb the front office ladder, maybe Nazr becomes the catalyst that brings the BBNBA together.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Nazr Mohammed promoted to GM of Oklahoma City’s G League team

  1. ClutchCargo
    3:56 pm September 29, 2020 Permalink

    It’s bound to happen, but how long til he has to step on the court and show some young hotshot a thing or two to get his attention? lol

    • michaelb
      3:04 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

      Day 1 probably Clutch . Nazr can eternally play good defense in the post , no matter how old he gets

  2. Wilfred Smith
    4:02 pm September 29, 2020 Permalink

    Nazr becomes Thunder GM and hires Payne as HC in a few years, owners move the team to Louisville .


    • bigblue98
      4:42 pm September 29, 2020 Permalink

      Not going to happen. Thunder fans are passionate about their team and have been since they moved from Seattle. With all the picks they have they will be one of the better teams. If NBA team moves it will be team with bad record and no support from their current city and state.

    • stratblend
      7:37 pm September 29, 2020 Permalink

      Like Sacramento

  3. Headhurts
    4:21 pm September 29, 2020 Permalink

    Shows if you work hard no matter what color you are you can achieve in this country.

  4. mashman 93
    6:48 pm September 29, 2020 Permalink

    Congratulations Nazr!!!! Hope you have much success in your new job. I still remember that crazy last second shot he hit at Vanderbilt in Tubby’s first year. The Vandy fans were hot after that loss and I should know…..I was there!!!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  5. michaelb
    3:03 pm September 30, 2020 Permalink

    What a great day for him. He truly loves the game …. these are my fav cats