HoopsHype Chris Mullin rumors

December 16, 2014 Updates

At this point, it will be a surprise if Mullin, 51, who has never been a coach, does not accept the post, sources said. Until Mullin accepts the job, interim head coach Tyrone Corbin will lead the team. NBC New York

In the wake of Michael Malone’s firing on Sunday night, Ranadive has been soliciting counsel on Mullin’s candidacy and has grown increasingly intrigued with the kind of acumen and star power Mullin, an ownership adviser for the Kings, could bring to the franchise, sources said. “All [Mullin] has to decide is that's what he wants and the job is his,” an NBA general manager told Yahoo Sports on Monday. Yahoo! Sports

Mullin hasn’t come close to committing to the coaching idea, but there’s support in ownership and in the front office for him to give it significant thought, sources said. Karl is a strong candidate among D’Alessandro and assistant GM Mike Bratz, who worked with Karl as part of the Denver Nuggets organization. Nevertheless, Ranadive is far more intrigued with the possibility of making a splashy hire, and D’Alessandro supports the idea of Mullin if he decides he wants to commit himself to coaching, sources said. Ranadive is working to construct a new arena in Sacramento and has craved star power with the Kings. Yahoo! Sports

Malone now joins Shareef Abdur-Rahim on the list of ousted employees the Kings hired before D’Alessandro and Chris Mullin — the latter a top adviser who has Ranadivé’s ear. Abdur-Rahim expressed disagreement with D’Alessandro, Mullin, and Mitch Richmond during the draft process, and left the team shortly after an argument on draft night, per several league sources. Grantland

December 15, 2014 Updates

The impactful Kings' hiring of former Warriors legend Chris Mullin as an "advisor to the chairman" in Sept. 2013 only added to the conflicting nature of their internal dynamic, as he was a longtime friend and colleague of D'Alessandro's who has a significant voice in all personnel matters. Mullin, like D'Alessandro, favors a coach with a more sophisticated offensive style and was widely known to be critical of the way the offense was run. USA Today Sports

August 6, 2014 Updates

Magic Johnson, Russell Westbrook, and Derrick Rose were among a group of NBA superstars set to travel to Israel to support a basketball team co-owned by Amare Stoudemire -- but TMZ Sports has learned the trip's been 86'd due to the Gaza conflict. Our sources in the Holy Land tell us the legion of NBA talent -- which also included Robin and Brook Lopez and Hall of Famer Chris Mullin -- was going to attend the opening of a new arena in Jerusalem on September 4. TMZ.com

August 4, 2014 Updates

Without further ado, I present 2015 Mock Draft 1.0, Summer Forecast edition. DeMarcus Cousins: I love what we’re doing. Love what we’re doing. Pete (D’Alessandro), he’s real aggressive, going after stuff, trying for players we probably have no chance at getting. One of these times we’re going to get lucky, and in the past we wouldn’t do that. Do you know how good that feels? Since Vivek (Ranadive), Pete, Michael (Malone), Mullie (Chris Mullin), Mitch (Richmond) and those guys walked through the damn door, things have been on the rise. I am totally behind it. Michael is like me; he sees everything in black and white. I love the fact Pete keeps trying stuff. I am totally behind all this. Rudy, the Collison move, thinking Omri (Casspi) can stretch the floor. And the rookie, that kid Stauskas can really play. He makes the game easy and has an impact even when he’s not scoring. I am so happy to be a part of this, of what we’re doing. Sacramento Bee

June 16, 2014 Updates
June 6, 2014 Updates

Sacramento Kings officials are bringing two Hall of Famers to meet forward Rudy Gay early next week in hopes of convincing him to exercise the option in his contract for next season, sources told Yahoo Sports. Gay has to decide by June 30 whether to exercise a contract option that will pay him $19.3 million next season. Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond, a former Kings star, are expected to join Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Pete D'Alessandro and head coach Michael Malone when they meet with Gay. Yahoo! Sports

February 17, 2014 Updates

What about the philosophical differences between your coach and your front office? Look, I know people talk about that my coach is always focusing on defense, while guys like Mullie (Chris Mullin, adviser) and Petey (D’Alessandro, general manager) are offense-oriented. And that we have offensive players. It’s no secret the game has become an offensive game, with three-point shots, layups, the rule changes. We all see it. So we have to reconcile that. And I think it’s good. If I had everyone who agreed, why would I want them? Sacramento Bee

October 9, 2013 Updates

“But my decision was really swayed by the people in the organization – first and foremost, Vivek Ranadivé and his ownership group. It’s an incredible, impressive group of owners who really have one goal in mind – to make this the best franchise in the NBA. Then, of course, Pete D’Alessandro, the general manager – I’ve worked with him before, I have great respect for him, he’s had great success and to be able to join up with him and to be able to help him get this team to where we all want it, it was very instrumental in my decision. And then, the coaching staff, I have familiarity with Michael Malone and his father, Brendan – I’ve known since I was in high school. “Much like you want to put together a great team on the floor that plays well together, plays to its strengths (and) stays away from its weaknesses, I think Vivek has done that in his hirings on the operations side. For me, when I’m looking at opportunities, my No. 1 (criteria) is what people I’m going to be surrounding myself with – who I’m joining, what the people are like and what’s their vision. Everything was in place, I thought it was a great fit and I’m really excited to be a part of the Kings.” The Kings Blog

Looking forward, which players do you view as franchise cornerstones? “DeMarcus Cousins – to me, he’s one of the most talented big men in the League. He’s obviously a key. I think Isaiah Thomas has been a really nice player for the Kings. I think he’s a good guy – especially for our young guards like Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum – to learn from (as far as) his work ethic, his poise, his approach to the game, his mental toughness. He’s a nice veteran. Jason Thompson, I think is coming along nicely. There’s a bunch of guys – all of them have strengths – (but) I think the key is going to be how they can come together, because individual numbers don’t really translate into success.” The Kings Blog

October 4, 2013 Updates

That elderly man was Chris Mullin, and Chris Mullin is a five-time NBA All-Star, a career 38.4% shooter from beyond the arc, and not elderly. He went 14-for-15, laying waste to all competition. The total domination by Mullin, who was recently hired by the Kings as an adviser to Ranadivé, makes us yearn to see NBA greats participating in more contests with current players. Let’s get Larry Bird or Reggie Miller into the 3-point competition come All-Star weekend. For The Win

September 23, 2013 Updates

O'Neal is the second former player of such stature that Ranadivé has brought in since coming to town. Current Hall of Famer Chris Mullin was the first. In his new role as "Adviser to the Chairman," Ranadivé indicated at Mullin's press conference that he envisions the well-known sharpshooter as a jack of all trades for the organization. Mullin's past experience both as a player and executive is surely to provide the Kings with a boost in many different ways. Ridiculous Upside

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