“He gives a hard foul and he rebounds,” coach Mike Dunlap said. “There’s no question in my mind he’ll help us.”
You might chuckle to hear a coach compliment a player for how he fouls, but you hear that a lot in the NBA. The idea is when you do foul, do it with enough force and finesse that you stop a basket without turning a shot into a three-point play – as in make each foul count for something.
Dunlap said he wouldn’t fixate on Mullens’ shooting in those games (2-of-21 from the field), but that Mullens needs to understand his rebounding can’t slack when his offense goes off. Mullens had six boards against the Bulls and three against the Nuggets.