By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – I can come up with a reason that Sam Hinkie has made every move he’s been responsible for since taking over as president and general manager of the Sixers; except one.
I’ve got no idea why he traded for Byron Mullens. They do get a second round pick a in few years, but this isn’t just one year of Byron Mullens, he’s got a player option for the 2014-15 season.
Mullens is by every account, not a positive asset as a basketball player. When I heard Rich Hofmann of Liberty Ballers say Mullens was his least favorite player in the NBA, and Derek Bodner say he was bottom five, I thought “he can’t be that bad.” Well two weeks into his reign of terror, I am proven wrong. He’s bad.
To add insult to injury, we found out yesterday that it doesn’t really bother Mullens that he’s so bad. Or that the Sixers have lost 17 straight games.
“You can’t let this ruin your whole day. I’ve got other stuff I’ve got to focus on,” Mullens told Chris Vito of the Delaware County Daily Times after the team’s loss to the Knicks. “This is not making my life. There’s other more-important things than just basketball. It doesn’t ruin the rest of my day.”
Wait, there’s more!
“Does your job get tiring every day? I mean, it’s the same thing every day, right?”
On one hand, Mullens has a point. Your job should not be the be-all-end-all of everything you do. Still, reading those words is painful, especially for someone who plays so poorly. Also, I now need to know what other things he’s doing. Curiosity killed the cat, and it will ultimately kill me.
When you think about it, he’s the perfect player to be on such a bad team in a rebuilding process. They can lose 50 straight games and he still won’t get too down about it. He’s got other stuff to focus on!
In related news, the Sixers signed Jarvis Varnado for the rest of the season, after the completion of his ten-day contract.
You can read the entire article on Mullens from Chris at the Delaware County Daily Times.