Originally written on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 11/5/14
One could make the argument that 23-year old Thunder center BJ Mullens had the most unique basketball experience of all locked out NBA players this offseason. From ESPN: “The group walks through two more sets of fences and past several guardhouses before Mullens stands at the entrance to the gym. His pickup game is about to begin. In prison. Mullens was born in Canal Winchester, Ohio, and grew up playing basketball around Columbus. He lived off and on with his mother and five siblings until high school before moving into his own apartment, paying his expenses by working after school and on weekends as a plumber. During his junior and senior years of high school, Mullens lived with the family of one of his best friends. In his first year there, he and the friend visited a juvenile detention center to teach basketball clinics and talk to troubled teens about making better choices — and also to play pickup games. There wasn’t any particular reason they played there instead of a nearby...
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