HoopsHype Chris Mullin rumors

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The Kings are continuing to pursue former Pacers president Larry Bird, but a person briefed on Bird's plans told CBSSports.com on Friday that it would be surprising if Bird took the job. If the Kings were able to add a big name -- they've also spoken with Mike Dunleavy and Hall of Famer Chris Mullin -- it would be for the role of team president with the authority to hire a GM. Another possibility would be to hire a top basketball mind to serve in a role similar to Jerry West's advisory role with Golden State, where Ranadive was a minority owner before becoming the managing owner of the Kings. CBSSports.com

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"Dan Patrick had a man crush on MJ from the time we started the interview. I was just messing with him," he tweeted. Later in the day, Malone called in to SportCenter and talked to fellow Dream Teamer Chris Mullin about speculation that he left Jordan out because he lost his only two finals appearances to Jordan's Bulls. "Anytime you start a starting five, you're going to leave someone out'" Malone said. "Michael Jordan without a doubt is on my starting five, I'm not a hater and I'm not bitter." Mullen asked Malone about his decision to coach the Jazz big men next season. "I will be starting out very slow," Malone said. "I will not be on the bench a lot, but we're going to ease into it. I do have a five-year plan, about what I would like to be doing, but I'm going to start out slow and get my feet wet." Deseret News

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Three summers ago, the Nuggets took a chance on "Who"? Well, with Masai Ujiri gone, it could happen again. Pete D'Alessandro is not a common name for basketball fans, but he was the right-hand man for Ujiri, the previous Nuggets general manager. Now he is considered a candidate to replace Ujiri. "He's the ideal guy," NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, who worked with him at Golden State, said by phone Saturday. "He's got the experience now and he's the whole package. He's like one of the players that you don't see coming, like (the Pacers') Paul George, a star in the making. He knows his strengths, he empowers people around him. I loved working with him." Denver Post

Pete D'Alessandro is not a common name for basketball fans, but he was the right-hand man for Ujiri, the previous Nuggets general manager. Now he is considered a candidate to replace Ujiri. "He's the ideal guy," NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, who worked with him at Golden State, said by phone Saturday. "He's got the experience now and he's the whole package. He's like one of the players that you don't see coming, like (the Pacers') Paul George, a star in the making. He knows his strengths, he empowers people around him. I loved working with him." Denver Post

We talked about Mike D'Antoni, why Howard hasn't committed to the Lakers and his plans to work with former NBA sharpshooter Chris Mullin. We also chatted about his desire to make movies. "Maybe 'Kazaam II'," he joked in reference to Shaq's bomb. "Actually I'm working right now on some stuff with Disney." "Do they have a Disney studio in Houston?" I asked. "Time to shoot free throws," said Howard. Los Angeles Times

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Longtime Kings general manager Geoff Petrie is not expected to be retained either after the team's 28-54 campaign, and one possible successor who would certainly bring name recognition was on hand on Thursday night. Warriors legend Chris Mullin, who called Game 6 as a television commentator for ESPN, was in the team's front office from 2004 to 2009 and said he would be open to discussing the situation in Sacramento. He has met Ranadive several times but said they had not yet discussed the possibility. "I definitely would (be interested in the job)," he told USA TODAY Sports. "But you know, it's something that's got to be the right fit. It's gotta be – they need my expertise…I'm not one of those people to go solicit it. But a guy like him, if he called me and he needed me, I'd love that." USA Today Sports

Mullin, who lives in nearby Danville, joked that the geographical challenges that come with their respective locations could be easily solved. "He can pick me up (on his flight from Silicon Valley), " Mullin joked. "Land his helicopter at my house." USA Today Sports

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Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, who played with Jordan on two gold-medal-winning USA teams: "I played with him in '84 during the Olympics and roomed with him that summer quite a bit. He led in every category on that team with some great players. Wayman Tisdale, Patrick [Ewing], Sam [Perkins]. But Michael was our guy. He led that team. It's funny. During that summer in the Olympics they played a lot of zone. So we would put Michael at the free-throw line and give him the ball and let him turn and make decisions. [Coach] Bobby Knight would get angry with him because he would leave his feet. He would turn, survey the situation and take a dribble or maybe not and raise up. He would hang in the air for so long he'd either find shooters in the corner or find Wayman and Patrick for dunks. Bobby was like, 'fundamentally you don't leave your feet to pass.' But they made a deal, when you turn the ball over you have to stop doing it. He never turned the ball over. He was that good. He actually turned Bobby Knight's thinking. You have to make exceptions for the great ones." Yahoo! Sports

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Here's what irks Mullin: Offensive player beats the defense, dribbles into the paint, attacks the hoop, and is met by a defender who has quickly slid into position in front of the dotted semi-circle. Does the defender contest the shot? No, he becomes a statue, and on contact he reels backwards dramatically, as if rammed by a speeding truck. Charge! No basket, defensive team gets the ball, shooter gets a foul. Most TV/radio commentators hail the flopper for his toughness and willingness to take that charge. "I'm not one of those announcers, for sure," said Mullin. "If you see a dribbler go by three defenders - split the pick-and-roll, beat another guy, or two - then the fourth guy (under the basket) takes a charge, I don't think the defense should be rewarded. You broke down 60 percent of their defense and all of a sudden the last guy falls down as you're in motion to shoot the ball? I'm not sure that's good defense. When you get that close, you've pretty much killed the defense." San Francisco Chronicle

More and more, floppers are richly rewarded. Mullin refers to a recent Warriors victory decided on the final play, with Stephen Curry taking the charge on Clippers' guard Chris Paul. "The Warriors switched David Lee onto Chris Paul," Mullin said. "That's their decision. Paul beats Lee to the middle (the paint). Most defenses, you want to keep the guy out of the middle. So Paul gets to the middle, Curry steps in and falls down. The shot goes in, but it's called a charge, so the basket goes away. And (Curry) gets two free throws. If anything, it should be a non-call. "I'm talking from a (spectator) standpoint. To see that game end on a charge, that sucked. After two hours? The Player of the Game was whatever that ref's name was." San Francisco Chronicle

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Mullin recently co-authored a book with Tom Mitchell, a former sports psychology professor, called “Inner Game Basketball.” The book focuses on the values players learn within the game of basketball that help better them as players on the court and people off of it. Jackson, considered one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, and coach of 11 championship teams, brought a spiritual approach to coaching, earning him the nickname: “Zen Master.” Jackson is also involved with the Positive Coaching Alliance, a nonprofit group that stresses sportsmanship and respect for the game. Mitchell was the one who brought the group together. CSNBayArea.com

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How about the time he put 6-foot-7 Chris Mullin on 7-foot-1 David Robinson in a playoff series? That was quirky. Just like Mullin on 7-foot-4 Mark Eaton, also in the postseason. And Patrick Ewing as a point-center. Innovative. That was the tag Don Nelson got for decades of trying to lure opponents into mismatch hell as coach of the Bucks, Warriors (twice), Knicks and Mavericks. It was the quirky way he'd encourage Manute Bol to rain threes to force the defense to come out (in the days before zones, thereby opening the interior to give small-ball Golden State a chance to get to the rim) or maybe just to force a good laugh on people. Nelson's fish ties in Milwaukee, Bol launching from distance -- same difference. NBA.com

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MCCALLUM: It’s a good question. You always have regrets after a book, and one of my regrets — and I don’t know if it could’ve been any different — was that I didn’t get a lot out of Patrick [Ewing]. I think I got a lot out of Mullin and Stockton by going to visit them and I saw what that experience meant to them. John’s always on-guard, hands up and everything. But I was kind of able to write about that. And Mullin, with his alcoholism beforehand and what it all meant to him. Patrick I wasn’t able to unlock so much. But a basketball team is a microcosm. It’s the way a team operates. NBCSports.com

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