O.J. Mayo has seen tough times before in his NBA career. During his rookie season with the Memphis Grizzlies, he suffered through a 12-game losing streak as the team struggled to a 24-58 record. The Grizzlies used three coaches that season — Marc Iavaroni, Johnny Davis (for two games) and Lionel Hollins. So Mayo believes the Milwaukee Bucks eventually can overcome the malaise that has led to a 10-game losing streak and dropped them to the bottom of a mediocre Eastern Conference. Milwaukee's latest loss came in overtime Wednesday night as it dropped a 100-92 home-court decision to the Washington Wizards. In the last four games, the Bucks have lost two in overtime and been blown out in the other two. The team headed to Charlotte on Thursday night and will play the Bobcats on Friday before returning home to meet Boston on Saturday. "With our full team we've probably been (together) about four in a row," Mayo said. "We're not going to tuck our tails and drop our heads. "We're not going to (throw) away the season. We're going to keep playing hard and keep playing with a good attitude and try to turn this thing around." Point guard Brandon Knight started his second straight game Wednesday and played 30 minutes, but he felt tightness in his right hamstring and was unable to play in the overtime period. Knight was just 2 for 12 and finished with seven points, five assists and five turnovers. Mayo sank a clutch three-pointer to tie it at 87-87 and force overtime, but the Bucks did little in the extra period, scoring just five points. "Keep grinding, man," Mayo said. Mayo recalled his first pro season when the Grizzlies struggled through a 1-13 January, including that 12-game skid. But Memphis bounced back the next season to be a near-.500 team at 40-42. And the Grizzlies were 46-36 during the 2010-'11 season as they started their ascent under Hollins. "We were the youngest team in the league at that time," Mayo recalled of his rookie year. "We were still trying to find our way, trying to figure our identity, but it happened."
Bucks' O.J. Mayo has endured this before
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Nov 29