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Thunder Q&A: Center Nazr Mohammed says 'it's going to take a team effort' to win title

At practice Sunday, OKC's Nazr Mohammed talked about returning to the finals, going head-to-head with Miami and what it's like to be a role player waiting for the chance to come through with a critical play.
by Ryan Aber Published: June 10, 2012

Nazr Mohammed has a ring. In 2005, he played for the San Antonio Spurs, winning an NBA title in seven games over Detroit. At practice Sunday, Mohammed talked about returning to the finals, going head-to-head with Miami and what it's like to be a role player waiting for the chance to come through with a critical play.

What's it like to be back in the NBA Finals?

It's a great feeling. You go through so many seasons of not getting here and you didn't have a chance to get here, so to actually get back and have an opportunity to get another championship, it's something that you cherish and you don't want to waste the opportunity.

Do you appreciate it more this time around?

Even at an early age, I understood how hard it was to get here and how important it is just as far as having a career to get here and have a chance to win.

What do you remember most about playing in the finals in 2005?

Just how tough it was to win it. We won our first two games at home I think, but they were tough games against Detroit. They beat us up. We went to their place, they blew us out two games at their place. The third game, they were blowing us out and we just made a heck of a comeback and then Rob (Horry) hit some big shots and made some big plays down there at the end and we came out on top. It's just so hard playing a team who knows you, you know them and everyone knows the gravity of the situation.

How do you look at this series against Miami?

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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