As Brendan Haywood quietly sits with ice packs on both knees, legs bent and sore, his eyes dart around the visitor's locker room searching for a connection.
The question concerns his frontcourt running mate, Byron Mullens, an unorthodox big man whose game Haywood is having trouble to compare, flickers of similarities and differences visibly going off in his head. He's only played 14 games with his fellow 7-footer. He looks across the cramped room at the fourth-year player out of Ohio State, who is parked next to the teams mini-buffet and donning a dress shirt, and shrugs his shoulders.
"Uh, guys that shoot like that? Haywood asked, rhetorically. Dirk (Nowitzki) shoots the ball like that. I mean, its a little premature to compare him to Dirk right now at this stage in his career but I think thats where he has to head to.
Mullens is not Nowitzki. Everyone agrees.
However, the Charlotte Bobcats' forward is experiencing another season of improvement, the second-cons...