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Tuesday / December 11.
  • Harlem native Mohamed Bamba begins private workouts with Chicago Bulls

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    After posting a 7-foot-10 wingspan at the recent NBA Draft Combine, Harlem native Mohamed Bamba began the first of several private workouts on Friday with the Chicago Bulls.

    The Bulls pick No. 7 in the June 21 NBA Draft and the 7-foot Bamba is currently projected to go No. 5 to Dallas in multiple mocks, including ESPN.com’s.

    “Chicago’s a great city, it’s a very young team and I could see myself playing here,” Bamba told reporters in Chicago.

    Asked if he could see himself falling to No. 7, the confident New Yorker said, “Obviously the goal is to be the No. 1 pick but I thought Chicago had all the assets and everything for me to maybe play here.”

    Bamba averaged 12.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks during his lone season in college.

    The Phoenix Suns said they have not ruled out taking him at No. 1, even though they’re thought to be focusing on Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic.

    “The unique freaks, which Ayton and Bamba and [Marvin] Bagley and some of these guys are, there aren’t too many guys in the world 6-10 to 7-1 with that kind of skill, athleticism and coordination,” Suns GM Ryan McDonough told AZcentral.com.

    “I get generally that’s the trend but I think there are a few exceptions and I think some of the guys in the draft are going to be those freak players.”

    Bamba is also expanding his business interests as he heads to the NBA. He’s the Chairman and Founder of Lenox Partners, the umbrella business that Bamba founded with mentor Greer Love to handle all of his various interests.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.