CHICAGO -- Nazr Mohammed is coming back for another season.
The Chicago Bulls made that official Thursday re-signing the veteran center to play behind Joakim Noah. Mohammed averaged 2.6 points and 3.1 rebounds a game last season. Mohammed struggled to find the floor during the first few months of the season but provided quality minutes down the stretch when Noah went down with plantar fasciitis. Mohammed, a 16-year veteran, is convinced that this Bulls team has the ability to win a championship this season.
"I think we've got the players and I think if everybody just improves on the the things they do well, we've got enough to compete for a championship," Mohammed said recently on Chicago's Gamenight on ESPN 1000. "At the same time, the biggest thing you need to compete for a championship is sacrifice ... it's going to be different guys on different nights and maybe some guys have to sacrifice minutes here or there because guys fill a role and does their job. But that's the big component as far as winning or competing for a championship. I think we have guys willing to do that. Talent only gets you so far. You need guys on the same page and sacrifice is the biggest thing."
Mohammed knows that if the Bulls put in the work under Tom Thibodeau they will be able to get to the level they want.
"We're not going to talk about winning titles in the summer," Mohammed said. "I mean everybody thinks they can win titles in the summer. We're confident that we've got a pretty good team that plays playoff-style basketball all year long so it's not hard for us to turn it up another notch. We think that we can compete with the eight teams that have a legitimate shot at winning it. I think that there are a lot of teams that want to win it but only about 6-8 teams every year that have a legitimate shot and I think we'll be one of those teams.."
Many pundits believed that the Bulls would target a young big man in 2013 draft but Mohammed always seemed confident that he would return for another year.
"There's always speculation but most of the speculation is normally wrong," Mohammed said. "It's people sitting in front of their computers kind of making it up as they go along. So you never really know what's going to happen at the draft until the names are called."