On day 48 of 100 Days of Hoops, we remember the time Nazr Mohammed shoved LeBron James back to Cleveland. Mohammed averaged only 11 minutes per game in the 2012-13 season and is one of only two players in NBA history to have worn number 48. The shove heard round the world was easily the highlight of number 48’s season and warranted an ejection.
Getting under the skin of the Bulls was a regular tactic of the Miami Heat who showed much more composure throughout the series and in Game 3, that not only featured the shove but also a Joakim Noah technical foul for shoving Chris Bosh late in the first quarter. The Heat would, of course, go on to win the series in five games and eventually the NBA Championship.
The Bulls meanwhile would cripple into despair as Derrick Rose knee’s, much of the fanbase, and management betrayed him. Just four years later, not only is Mohammed gone but so is every other player from the Chicago Bulls team that was a regular playoff fixture. Only Udonis Haslem remains for the Heat. How times have changed indeed.