HoopsHype BJ Mullens rumors

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Late in the second quarter of the Hornets’ win over the Bobcats on Friday, Anthony Davis and Byron Mullens got tangled up. There was some pushing and shoving to go along with the requisite showing of bravado, before the referees stepped in and the two had to be separated. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist then came over to intervene, in what you’d hope was an attempt to calm rather than inflame the situation. But the official was already there, so MKG ended up running him over, which sent the ref tumbling to the ground. There’s no guarantee Kidd-Gilchrist will be suspended for the contact; the rule book only specifies an automatic one-game suspension for making “intentional” contact with an official, and in this case, that’s going to be subjective. NBCSports.com

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Great Britain coach Chris Finch won't have Byron Mullens at the London Games and is still waiting to discover if another NBA player, Ben Gordon, will play. Mullens, an American, qualified for and received his British passport earlier this year because his mother hails from England. He has never feature with Britain in an international competition. The same can be said for Gordon, who was born in London but grew up in the United States. FIBA.com

The Detroit Pistons guard is being non-committal about the Olympic squad, citing the need to rest after the NBA season. "We are never in a position to give ultimatums," Great Britain coach Chris Finch said to the Telegraph. "We are going to give Ben all of next week to let us know what his intentions are and then we will map out whether we go forward with him or without him but there comes a point when we have to move forward and make the best decision for the team." FIBA.com

April 10, 2012 Updates

Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is one of three NBA players who have agreed to play on Britain's Olympic team. British basketball says Deng, Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon and Charlotte Bobcats center Byron Mullens have "confirmed their availability and commitment" to play at the Olympics. They are part of a 21-man preliminary squad. WCBD-TV 2

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Everything about Mullens is still in the discovery stage, which makes an international opportunity this summer so intriguing. Since Mullens’ mother is British, he’s eligible to try out for their national team, which has an automatic bid to the Olympics as the host country. The British tryout camp convenes in June in Houston. “That would be great,” Silas said of Mullens playing in the Olympics. “He needs experience, and that’s certainly a plus.” Charlotte Observer

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When asked Tuesday if he views Mullens a part of the team's future, Silas said, "I do now." Silas said the metaphorical light seems to have gone on for Mullens. "Initially we had our questions about him, but he's learning," Silas said. "And he is talented. He can shoot the basketball and is learning how to rotate and block shots and rebound. He's coming along. I'm happy for him because it's been a struggle for him. "I think he's going to be pretty good." NBA.com

February 29, 2012 Updates

NBA star Byron Mullens is set to join Great Britain’s challenge at this summer’s Olympic Games, MVP has learnt. The seven-foot Charlotte Bobcats centre, who was born in Ohio, is currently averaging almost ten points per game in his third year in the league. With his mother hailing from Middlesex, the 23-year-old is understood to have completed the formalities of acquiring his British passport. MVP 24/7

His impending arrival has been endorsed by prospective GB team-mate Luol Deng, who revealed he has already spoken to Mullens about joining him on national duty. “When we played against Charlotte, I spoke to him a little bit and he seemed really excited,” the NBA All Star told MVP247.com. MVP 24/7

January 18, 2012 Updates

During his first two seasons in the league Mullens played a combined total of 139 minutes. Through fifteen contests with the Bobcats Mullens has already recorded 346 minutes with five appearances in the starting lineup. “Man it feels great,” Mullens said referring to receiving consistent playing time. “Getting this great opportunity coach [Paul Silas] is giving me. I’m just running on excitement. My legs are tired, but I’m going to toughen it up. To be playing is a great opportunity and I’m not going to give it up for anything.” HoopsWorld

January 7, 2012 Updates

But Silas saw enough that he's ready to try something new. Adding 7-footer Mullens to the lineup is definitely under strong consideration. "If feels good. I'm not gonna lie," said Mullens, when told Silas was considering starting him. Mullens (a career-high 17 points, plus five rebounds) couldn't even crack the rotation in two seasons in Oklahoma City but he's averaging 11.6 points as a Bobcat. Silas toyed with the idea of playing Augustin and Walker together from the day the Bobcats drafted Walker last June. They likely wouldn't both start, but their production Friday (Augustin 21 points and 12 assists, Walker 19 points) suggests Silas needs to find a way to feature both. Augustin and Walker are both around 6-foot, so neither can naturally defend an NBA shooting guard. So the Bobcats would likely need to play in a zone, the way they did for half of Friday's fourth quarter and overtime. Charlotte Observer

January 4, 2012 Updates

The reason for his lack of success with the Thunder is clear. The Thunder wanted someone who could post up and score, and that didn’t fit Mullens’ game, even when he played for the Buckeyes. He’s a perimeter shooter, and that isn’t where centers traditionally operate. Bobcats coach Paul Silas is allowing Mullens to be Mullens. “That’s a perfect description,” said Mullens, a third-year player, before Tuesday’s game against the Cavs. “Me and Coach sat down and talked and he said ‘I’m going to let you do what you do best. I’m not going to turn you into a player that you’re not. I’ve seen you since high school. You can shoot the ball, so just go out and shoot the ball with confidence. Shoot and make sure you make it.’ ” Akron Beacon Journal

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