Mohammed says 'no hard feelings' after LeBron shove

Mohammed says 'no hard feelings' after LeBron shove

August 9, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Vinnie Duber

Everyone remembers Nazr Mohammed's postseason shove of LeBron James in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

He's wishing they didn't.

"Everywhere I go they're talking about it," Mohammed said. "I'm trying to get people to leave it alone, forget about it, move on. It just keeps coming up."

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His now infamous toppling of the face of the NBA was just one of a few topics discussed when Mohammed joined the panel of SportsTalk Live earlier this week. Host David Kaplan asked Mohammed what an off-court confrontation between Mohammed and James would go like in a post-shove world, but Mohammed didn't wnat to make a big deal of it.

"I'd say 'what's up?' I'd give him the head no," Mohammed said.." I'll speak to him as much as I did before the so-called incident. There's no hard feelings."

Mohammed, a Chicago native, re-signed with the Bulls this offseason after spending the majority of the 2012-13 season backing up Bulls All-Star center Joakim Noah. He'll likely have the same job in the upcoming season, but the Bulls will look a little different, mostly due to the return of Derrick Rose.

Mohammed, who's yet to play a game as Rose's teammate, addressed the comeback of the former MVP and defended his decision to sit out during last season's postseason run.

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"We wanted him to take his time, there was no pressure on him. Everybody in the locker room was 100 percent on the same page because we know how it feels to go out there and play hurt. And we also know that when you have an injury and you're coming back, sometimes you can hurt the team more than you can help.

"He pushed himself every day. He was working like a madman. He was working like a person who was trying to come back and play. ... I think he did the right thing. He's a young guy with a long career. You don't want to go back out there and tear the same ACL. You don't want to be labeled as a guy who gets injured. That affects your career. So I think he did the right thing."

Mohammed and the Bulls kick off their regular-season schedule against the Heat on Oct. 29 in Miami.