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Tweet The globalization of the National Basketball Association has been a multi-layered process: part geographic, part linguistic, part stylistic and part philosophical. That means that on any given night during the NBA season, basketball is being translated — by players and coaches to each other, and by broadcasters to fans — in several different languages.
It also means that distinct styles and philosophies on and off the court from all corners of the globe are constantly being added to the mixture that makes up the highest level of basketball on this planet.
And the league was certainly no stranger to Islam and no stranger to Muslim superstars. Hakeem Olajuwon, who played from to , is a former Most Valuable Player and two-time champion. The fact of the matter is that Islam was part of the NBA mosaic before Air Jordans, before dunk contests, and before the three-point shot.
And it remains part of the league today.
As the NBA playoffs get underway, here are seven Muslims to watch on the road to the league crowning its next champion: Al-Farouq Aminu, forward, Dallas Mavericks Aminu was a Lottery pick in Playing on his third team in five seasons as a pro, and mostly as a backup, Aminu might be considered an NBA bust by some — he was taken with the No.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga.
It might also be a good sign for the 6-foot-9 Aminu that the Mavericks have drawn the Houston Rockets as their first-round opponent. Aminu played his best game of this season against Houston, when he put up 17 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks in a Feb. He was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in , but was traded almost immediately to the Chicago Bulls as part of a three-team deal involving spare parts and second-round picks.
After playing two more seasons in his native Turkey, Asik joined the Bulls in as a little-used backup to eventual All-Star center Joakim Noah.
Asik left Chicago and signed with Houston, where the seven-foot powerhouse became a full-time starter and led the NBA in total rebounds during the season. In New Orleans, Asik has regained a full-time starting job, averaging 7. Ersan Ilyasova, forward, Milwaukee Bucks Ilyasova has averaged At 6-foot, Ilyasova is a tough but skilled athlete — almost like a hockey player on the basketball court — who can play multiple positions in the front court.
He is just as likely to grab 10 rebounds on any given night as he is to hit three or four three-pointers.
The year-old won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in , won two national championships at the University of Kentucky, and is now aiming to finish his accomplished career with another ring from the Bulls.
The Bulls trailed the Heat by 19 points at halftime, but came out of the locker room and outscored Miami in the third quarter on their way to an incredible comeback victory.
Three months ago, sluggish play and shortness of breath landed Teletovic in a Los Angeles hospital, where he was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolus, a. The year-old from Bosnia and Herzegovina was expected to miss the rest of this season and perhaps the rest of the calendar year.
Teletovic averaged 8.
The year-old veteran has played on two of the most highlight-friendly, crowd-pleasing teams of the 21st century. Turkoglu came into the league with the earlys Sacramento Kings, led by Chris Webber and Vlade Divac, whose slick passing and modified Princeton offense dumbfounded opposing defenses and regularly pushed the Shaq-and-Kobe L.
Lakers to the brink. Like he did in Sacramento, Turkoglu comes off the bench in L. Shaq has a reality TV show, has appeared in several movies, and has released a handful of hip-hop albums. He will be all over your television screens, computer monitors and smart phones during these playoffs in his role as a studio analyst for TNT and NBA TV.
Schroeder averaged 10 points and 4. The year-old Schroeder was born and raised in Germany.