December will be a busy month in the National Basketball Association, which will play a shortened 66-game regular season because of a recently concluded labor dispute between owners and players. Training camps open December 9 and the season officially tips off December 25.
Also December 9, free agents can sign with new clubs in the league, and one player who’s expected to get some offers is Cameroonian small forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, who is currently with the Milwaukee Bucks. The 25-year-old Mbah a Moute has restricted free agent status, meaning the Bucks can match any offer and retain him.
“We appreciate Luc and what he’s done for us as an organization and what he stands for,” says Milwaukee general manager John Hammond. “We have every intention of bringing Luc back.” The 2.03 meter (6’8″) tall Mbah a Moute has averaged 6.7 points and 5.6 rebounds a game for the Bucks during his first three seasons in the NBA.
He is known for his defense and his ability to guard multiple positions on the court. Mbah a Moute is one of 13 players in the NBA with at least 400 rebounds, 60 steals and 25 blocked shots in each of the last three seasons. He’s also trying to develop the basketball talent in his home country. During the offseason, Mbah a Moute staged his second basketball camp for some of the top teenage players in Cameroon. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from his inaugural camp last year.
Commenting on his camps, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute says as a NBA player representing Cameroon, it was an obligation to help grow the sport and give kids a chance to get an education through sports.