When C.C. Sabathia was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers roughly one year ago, he promptly dropped the periods in his name to signal a new beginning.
And now that former Ohio State center B.J. Mullens has followed in the footsteps of the great Kosta Koufos and taken his one-and-done show to the NBA, he would also like to go by a new name.
“I wanted to be known as Byron in college because I was making the next step of my life, but everybody, friends and coaches, just knew me as B.J. so it didn’t catch on,” said Mullens, the 24th pick in this past June’s draft out of Ohio State. “I don’t know, maybe they just forgot, or maybe they had just gotten used to the name they’ve always called me. Now I can try again. Another new step, new transition, and I’d like to be known as Byron.”
Translation: It didn’t work the first time, but now that I’m no longer near my home, I might get this whole “real name” thing to stick.
For those of you looking for a statistical update, Mullens is averaging nine points and three rebounds over his two summer league games. The Thunder traded the 25th pick as well as a future second-rounder for the rights to Mullens. I assume they’re hoping for more than three rebounds per game from their center. I would also assume that they know that he only pulled down five boards per game at the collegiate level, but hey…
I think Eleven Warriors may have put it best:
It’s too bad some of his rookie money now has to be used to change the tatoos [sic] on his forearms.
Best of luck, Byron! Next thing we know, TD and DP will be getting all high and mighty…