Ahmed Al Mutawa: 'I play to win, there's no other way' - Sep 3, 2011
follow us on
Last year around this time, Ahmed Al Mutawa was preparing to move his family from Kuwait to Bahrain, a place all so familiar to Mutawa. This is where he first started playing basketball. Mutawa was recruited by Al Kuwait Club in 2008. There he played a big role in helping Kuwait club secure a regular season Championship and he helped push his team to the Arab Cup Championships Semi finals. Last summer, Mutawa and his agent (LSM) were presented with an offer for Ahmed to return to Bahrain to play for Manama Club. The deal would end with Manama club buying out the remainder of Ahmeds contract with Kuwait Club, leaving room for Ahmed to sign a 3 year deal in his home country. This was a great day for Bahrain basketball, and we expect to see many more of Bahrains talented players signing to neighboring country rosters.
Eurobasket had the pleasure of speaking with Ahmed Al Mutawa (Interview conducted by Corey A. Washington, CEO/President LSM Sports www.lowcountrysports.net ):
Eurobasket: How does it feel to be back playing in Bahrain This is where you began your career, so it must feel great!
Al Mutawa:Yes, Bahrain has always been my favorite place to play, because of the fans that fill up the gym almost every game.
Eurobasket: What were your expectations for this season when Manama expressed their interest in bringing you back to Bahrain? Now that the season is over, was the outcome what you were expecting?
Al Mutawa: Well my expectations is the same for every team I join, I always want to win all the championships, but our outcome was good because we won the Cup and almost made it to the league Championship finals. For a young team I think its a great result and that sets a great boost for us to win it all this season.
Eurobasket: Tell me about your team this year How does Manama differ from other clubs in BahrainDoes the players accept their roles?
Al Mutawa: Thats the beauty of Manama Club All the players know the club's successful history; therefore every player accepts their roles and try to continue their winning ways by playing hard and together as a team. If not, they would not be in our team.
Eurobasket: I know while you were in Kuwait, you played a total different role than what you are playing in Bahrain... Can you tell me how they differ, and how your experience in Kuwait prepared you for this season?
Al Mutawa:I believe my role will always vary from season to season depending on how strong the team is, therefore I always give my best no matter which team Im playing for. Kuwait was a great experience for me, and I got to play with great teammates and awesome imports players like Ira Clark and Andre Pits. Having a great staff and dedicated teammates pushed me to get better every day. I will always remember Kuwait Club.
Eurobasket: Ahmed, throughout your career, you have played in many countries, and against some of the best players that basketball has to offer. You actually played college ball in the USA How was that?
Al Mutawa: Playing in the USA is every international Player's dream, and my experience in College was what really developed my game. The level of talent and love for the sport that I witnessed and experienced in USA is what really convinced me to choose basketball as a career path.
Eurobasket: While in College, all players have someone who they say really influenced their game Who would that be for you? Is there a player or players that you played with or against, that you would love to meet on the floor again today & why?
Al Mutawa: I try to learn from everybody on every team I have played for, But I would love to play with/or against my old college teammates. One of them would be Dwayne Okantey who was one of the guys that always pushed me to stay after practice and take some extra shots. He always pushed me to improve my game. I think that he would dominate if he came and played in the Middle East.
Eurobasket: What does the future hold for Ahmed with Manama?
Al Mutawa: I Hope many more Championships! Ill play for Manama Club for as long as they want me to. Im comfortable here This is home.
Eurobasket: Having played throughout the GCC, you are well familiar with the level of play, and living conditions in these locations What would you say to players interested in playing in the Middle East?
Al Mutawa: I think any player that works hard, and of course that has some sort of talent in the gamecan find the right team for him in this region. My only advice would be to read about the country and culture you are going to play for, like this you can understand more of the culture.
Eurobasket: What do you think about having a GCC draft, for each location? This would obviously include a small camp prior to the draft, giving clubs and coaches a chance to see potential imports in person, and players a chance to see the region and learn a little about the culture before signing. Do you think something like this could bring exposure to GCC basketball?
Al Mutawa: That would be great for this region and I think any idea to improve the Game level in the Middle East is a great Idea.
Eurobasket: Can we get a prediction for this coming season? Will Manama go all the way? Al Mutawa: Yes we will go all the way because I practice and play this game to win, there is no other way I can do it.
Tyrone Nelson (ex Sitra) agreed terms with Welcome - 8 days ago
follow us on
Atletico Welcome (LUB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: New Mexico State). He supposed to play at Sitra Club in Bahrain Premier League. The last season Nelson played at Hoops Club (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league where in 26 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.2apg. Among other achievements his team made it to the Turkish TB2L Semifinals in 2013. Nelson received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Forward of the Yea... [read more]
Atletico Welcome (LUB) strengthened their roster with addition of 32-year old American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: New Mexico State). He supposed to play at Sitra Club in Bahrain Premier League. The last season Nelson played at Hoops Club (Pepsi LBL) in Lebanese league where in 26 games he recorded 12.9ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.2apg. Among other achievements his team made it to the Turkish TB2L Semifinals in 2013. Nelson received also Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Forward of the Year award back in 2012 and 2013. Thanks to his pro career he managed to play on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Nelson has played previously professionally in Finland (Namika Lahti), TPBL (Houston P.T.S.) and Turkey (Akhisar Bld). He attended New Mexico State until 2007 and it is his tenth season in pro basketball. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Long athletic inside-outside player who has a soft touch and excellent ablity to score in bunches... underrated passer. Rebounds hard and his ablity to handle the ball at 6'9 makes him a serious threat for either smaller or bigger fowards. Plays with heart and leaves it all on the floor every night.
Haminn Quaintance (ex Al Ahli) agreed terms with Saigon Heat - 9 days ago
follow us on
Saigon Heat (VBA) inked 32-year old American forward Haminn Quaintance (203-85, college: Kent State). He played most recently at Al Ahli in Bahrain Premier League. Quaintance also played that season for Sitra Club (also in Premier League). In 2009 (a year after he left the college) Quaintance was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in second round (26th overall). The former Kent State standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Quaintance's team made it to t... [read more]
Saigon Heat (VBA) inked 32-year old American forward Haminn Quaintance (203-85, college: Kent State). He played most recently at Al Ahli in Bahrain Premier League. Quaintance also played that season for Sitra Club (also in Premier League). In 2009 (a year after he left the college) Quaintance was drafted by Reno Bighorns (D-League) in second round (26th overall). The former Kent State standoutis in his ninth season in pro basketball. Among other achievements Quaintance's team made it to the Bahrain Cup final in 2015. He was selected to Icelandic League All-Star Game back in 2013. Quaintance is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on five different continents (Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and of course North America). Quaintance has played previously professionally in Australia (Frankston Blues), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu), Germany (BBC Bayreuth), Israel (Hapoel Kfar Saba and Ironi Kiryat Ata), Japan (Dragonflies), Morocco (IRT Tanger), Saudi Arabia (Al Qadisiya), Iceland (Skallagrimur) and D-League (Rio Grande Valley Vipers). His game is described as:
A scorer who can play with his back to the basket, put the ball on the floor or face up and hit the mid-range jumper. A well-rounded and athletic forward who fills up the stat sheet: he scores, rebounds, gets assists, steals and blocked shots. He can guard several positions well and can defend out on the perimeter or in the paint. He was a dominant player in Israel in 2008-09 when he finished third in the league in rebounding (8.8 rpg). He lost a season to injury but came back and dominated in Australian SEABL in 2011 (19.3 ppg, 10.5 rpg). He is an unusually gifted passer for a frontcourt player and he is very unselfish. He can be deployed successfully in the high post or low post.
Copyright (c) 1998-2017 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.