The 76ers have lost eight
consecutive games since they acquired Byron Mullens
at the trade deadline. To
Mullens, that’s got to feel like a mere drop in the bucket.
Mullens’ current team has lost
17 straight games, and will look to end that streak Wednesday against visiting
But weathering bad times on a
basketball court is nothing new to Mullens, who endured a 23-game losing streak
to close out the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. He and the Charlotte Bobcats
won March 17, 2011 … and didn’t win again until the next season.
That situation, like this one he’s
going through the Sixers, isn’t going to wear down Mullens, he said.
“The thing you have to realize
is this is just a game. You come here, you practice, you work. It’s a job,”
Mullens said the other day, before the Sixers’ loss at New York. “You can’t let
this ruin your whole day. I’ve got other stuff I’ve got to focus on. This is
not making my life. There’s other more-important things than just basketball.
It doesn’t ruin the rest of my day.”
The losing does have a way of
getting tiring, though … right?
“Does your job get tiring
every day? I mean, it’s the same thing every day, right?” Mullens asked rhetorically. “We just go out there and have fun.”
The 2011-12 Bobcats and the
2013-14 Sixers have similarities. Those Bobcats had a roster with three
rookies, four third-year guys and two fourth-year guys – all of whom factored into
their rotation. These Sixers are the youngest team in NBA history.
“You have a young team and
that’s what happens,” Mullens said. “You just have to keep everybody’s spirits
up, do what you can and, like I said, there’s more important stuff than
basketball. You just have to go out and play. As long as you’re having fun,
that’s the best thing.”
But having fun can’t be an
easy task to accomplish when your team hasn't won since Jan. 29.
“It depends,” Mullens said. “If
you love the game, you don’t have a problem going out there and doing it every
game. I don’t have a problem with it. We’re going out there, giving it our all,
and that’s all you can ask for.”
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