Today is Day 48 of the Omer. Yesod sheb’malchut. Nobility that leads to Foundation.
After winning two NCAA championships in three seasons at Kentucky, Nazr Mohammed left college 18 credit hours short of his bachelor’s degree, to become a first round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers.
He established himself as a solid backup center, averaging 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds a game for 8 teams over 18 seasons. In 2004, he was traded to San Antonio mid-season and played a crucial role in the Spurs championship run, starting all 23 games of the playoffs and averaging 7.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.0 block/game in 23 minutes.
After retiring from his playing career, Mohammed became a scout in the Oklahoma City Thunder front office. But despite his success and a stable career, Mohammed felt like something was missing.
He wanted to finish what he started at Kentucky and lay an educational foundation for himself and his children. This month, he graduated with an A average from the University of Kentucky.
The sixth day of the week of malchut, is the day of yesod or foundation and there is no better foundation than a good education. On Day 48, yesod sheb’malchut, we’re honoring Nazr Mohammed because his championship DNA and noble character manifested in a solid foundation. Congrats to Nazr Mohammed and all the 2020 graduates!