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The Oklahoma City Thunder assigned second-year center Byron Mullens of Ohio State to their Tulsa affiliate in the NBA Development League.
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buckeyejohnny

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What a flippin joke...... hope he's enjoying his million...not millions in the minors.... FOR ALL the idiots that said he was smart to leave as a frosh??? that has not worked out for either KK or Bryon..
whaddyaknow

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Dec 10, 2010
 
"The Oklahoma City Thunder assigned second-year center Byron Mullens of Ohio State to their Tulsa affiliate in the NBA Development League.

Mullens has played a total of 14 minutes in five games this season for the Thunder, who recently recalled rookie center Cole Aldrich from the D-League.

Mullens, the 24th overall pick in the 2009 draft, played 27 games in the minors last season."

Havin' fun, BJ?:):):)

GO BUCKS!
O S Hugh

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Dec 10, 2010
 
How shocking Mullens hasn't cut it in the NBA....he was barely Div 1 material. Jared Sullinger is light years ahead of Mullen. More bad advice for the "not ready for prime time" college player.
dirkdiggler

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#4
Dec 10, 2010
 
This is example #1 as to why you DON'T listen to family members. KK is reason #2.
Random

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Dec 10, 2010
 
Reminds me of this famous BJ...er, Byron quote:

"I can get compared to Kevin Garnett, his inside game; outside game, Dirk Nowitzki; explosive like Amar’e. Those three guys I like to compare myself and mix them all together and do a little bit of triple threat.”

LMAO. Still, he IS getting paid in D-League...
Asia Buckeye

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Dec 10, 2010
 
Nice update, wish we had more about ex-Buckeyes in basketball, like we do on the NFL. Would even be nice to hear about those that might be playing over seas. Go Bucks!
Paul

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Let's be fair. His family really was in a bad way as I understand it. He was very poor as a child so I'm sure that influenced his decision.
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Dec 10, 2010
 
Rumor has it, that this kid is going through his money like it is going out of style. You need to save your money BJ, because your basketball career seems to be coming to a screeching halt in the near future.
Kit N Kaboodle

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Paul wrote:
Let's be fair. His family really was in a bad way as I understand it. He was very poor as a child so I'm sure that influenced his decision.
That element is certainly applicable when talking about the decision to leave early, yes. I never begrudged Mullens for accepting money offered to him and everyone knew going in he was going to be a "one and done" primarily for that reason.

However, there are other elements which include 1) putting out very little effort at the college level, effort which - if applied - might have enhanced his draft status and led to more money for himself and his family; 2) showing during his lone year in college that willingness to accept coaching was not one of his strong suits; 3) comparing himself to NBA All-Stars when ability and effort were not on par.

Were Mullens a bit more humble and hard-working, rather than seeming to rely solely on his height for a paycheck, I believe you would see a bit more in the way of sympathy and rooting interest. I hope he gets his head on straight, turns it around and lives up to his promise for himself and his family; he's still young and there is still time.
BUCKEYE BOB

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Dec 11, 2010
 
big dumb dufess

Since: Nov 09

Findlay, OH

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Dec 12, 2010
 
And he had such a stellar OSU career marked by a great attitude! Who would have ever dreamed he would be mired in the NBA developmental league and a non-producer on the court?

OSU's recent one and dones represent everything that is wrong about college basketball, including Oden, Cook, and Conley. The bottom line seems to be that with the exception of Carmelo Anthony, one and dones don't lead teams to NCAA championships. It is teams with experience and upper classmen that win titles like Duke did last year. I hope that Sullinger can reverse this pattern.

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