OKC Thunder: Nazr Mohammed adds University of Kentucky graduate to his resume

Nazr Mohammed #8 of the OKC Thunder shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Larry Smith-Pool/Getty Images)
Nazr Mohammed #8 of the OKC Thunder shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Larry Smith-Pool/Getty Images) /

Former OKC Thunder player and front office staffer, Nazr Mohammed adds  University of Kentucky graduate to his resume.

It’s been a busy few months for Nazr Mohammed. The big man who played for the OKC Thunder and is now working in the front office was on the shortlist of candidates to claim a front-office position with the Chicago Bulls.

A big shakeup in Chicago began with the hiring of Arturas Karnisovas as the team’s new executive vice president of basketball operations. Karnisovas was with the Denver Nuggets prior and is expected to take the Bulls in a new direction while rebuilding the culture and identity of the club.

His first hire was Mark Eversley as the new Bulls general manager. Eversley resume includes stints working in the front offices of the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers. His most recent role was with the 76ers as the senior vice president of player personnel. Mohammed was on the shortlist for this position and also interviewed previously for an unknown front-office position.

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Nazr spent part of his 18-year professional career with the OKC Thunder and with the Chicago Bulls. His time in the front office has made him a highly coveted addition as he’s both well liked and respected in the association.

Along the way, Mohammed won two national championships and was part of the San Antonio championship squad. The big man is proving that with hard work and dedication nothing is impossible.

Mohammed hit another milestone as he added ‘graduate’ to his resume this past week. And, while that achievement didn’t include the pomp and circumstance typically afforded graduates it doesn’t take away from this major accomplishment. Mohammed grades the University of Kentucky with a degree in Liberal Arts.

Writer Guy Ramsey’s University of Kentucky article details Nazr Mohammed’s journey both at Kentucky, in the NBA and away from the court as he became a husband, father and launched a philanthropic foundation.

While he remains in OKC there is no doubt he’ll eventually earn a general manager role with an organization but for the moment the Thunder are the benefactors of his presence.

It’s a great message to the youngsters who are playing the league of the importance of education and that they can eventually return to earn their degrees too.

Thunderous Intentions congratulates Nazr on this major accomplishment.

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