Moultrie: '5-game suspension was a wake-up call'

Moultrie: '5-game suspension was a wake-up call'
April 14, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Arnett Moultrie has played in just 12 games for the Sixers this season, averaging 3.0 points and 2.9 rebounds. (USA Today Images)

Two weeks ago Arnett Moultrie was suspended five games for failing the NBA's drug policy. He tested positive a third time for marijuana. The first time there was no penalty, the second time he was fined $25,000 and the third time resulted in a five-game suspension.

On Monday, Moultrie returned to the Sixers' practice facility humbled by the experience.

“I think the five-game suspension was a wake-up call,” Moultrie said. “It is water under the bridge and I am putting everything behind me and I am moving forward.

“It was a dark spot for me. I was down on myself. The mental part of the game is my biggest concern. I am trying to stay strong mentally.”

Moultrie has appeared in just 12 games for the Sixers this season. He most recently has been playing with the 87ers from March 16 until the day of the suspension.

Moultrie in eight NBA D-League games this season averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, modest numbers for the 27th overall pick from 2012.

Moultrie does have one more year remaining on his rookie contract, but changes are necessary if he is going to have a worthy NBA career.

“I think if Arnett takes things extremely seriously, if Arnett understands what it really takes to cultivate his obvious skills, then yes, he can," head coach Brett Brown said of Moultrie's ability to become a solid pro. "I think his skill package is surely good enough. He is a young man that is trying to sort some things out.

“We will continue to help him. Ultimately if it is meant to be, it is up to him to control his own destiny with all aspects of how he lives his life.”

“I am going to do what I did last summer,” Moultrie said. “I will continue to work on my game, be in the gym and work on my conditioning and go from there."

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