Center Nazr Mohammed came to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a Feb. 24 trade with Charlotte that sent Morris Peterson and D.J. White to the Bobcats. The oldest player on the Thunder roster (age 33) answered a handful of questions after Monday morning's shootaround practice in Denver.
Before you joined the Thunder, what did you think of the franchise?
"Honestly, I had heard great things about the organization from guys who had been here. (Former Thunder guard) Kevin Ollie is pretty cool, and he was telling me great things about the coaching staff and the organization."
And now that you've been with the team?
"I'm extremely happy. You've got 22-year-old guys who are more professional than guys who have been in the league seven, eight, nine years. These guys have a focus to detail. KD (Kevin Durant) is amazing. He goes hard every drill, every practice. He's 22 years old. Even when it's a light day, he's going hard. He's a special guy, a special player."
You were busy playing in Charlotte, so obviously you didn't have much of a chance to see the Thunder since it arrived in OKC.
"You saw them twice a year and you wanted to beat them when you played, but you weren't battling them for a playoff position or anything so I didn't really watch many games. Of course, everyone knew Kevin and Russ (Westbrook) were up-and-coming players."
You won a ring with San Antonio in 2005, and you've also been on teams that have struggled. How big is the difference in talent?
"Bad teams in this league could be in position to win with a couple of players here or there, or a sacrifice here or there from a player. It's about sacrifice by a player more than anything else. Everyone can score or do this or do that, but sometimes you're not needed to score. You need to rebound. You need to do your job. Let somebody else do the scoring if that's what they're asked to do."