HoopsHype Chris Mullin rumors

September 13, 2012 Updates

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

September 6, 2012 Updates
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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

July 10, 2012 Updates

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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After one of the most memorable nights in Warriors history ... are your feelings any different now about what went down than they were at the time? Rick Barry: Well, I wish I had said a couple of other things, but I was just appalled. I think it was an embarrassing moment. I would assume it was probably some of our young fans, because I got such positive responses from so many people after I had left the court and saw people during the course of the second half, who were glad that I got up and said what I said. For people to conduct themselves in that fashion was an embarrassment. It was unfair to Joe - I wish I'd had an owner who had that kind of money and was willing to do these things. This is a man who is willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to try to give the fans a chance to have a winner. ... But what made it even worse is they were spoiling a night honoring one of the greatest players in the history of the franchise, and they really put a damper on the night for Chris Mullin, which was a wonderful evening up until that point. These young people have no idea what respect is all about and what they were doing. San Francisco Chronicle

March 23, 2012 Updates

The firm belief by those with a pulse on the situation: Simon is more apt to choose a marquee name like Reggie Miller or Chris Mullin as opposed to promoting the people on site, general manager David Moray or personnel director Kevin Pritchard. New York Post

March 20, 2012 Updates

As for the tension between Nelson and Mullin ... Nellie stood and immediately moved to embrace his former player (and, later, the GM who lured him out of retirement) at the press gathering. The relationship between the two may still be strained, but there appears to be some thawing. In contrast to his speech during his enshrinement last summer at the Hall of Fame, Mullin repeatedly and emphatically praised Nelson during his formal and informal chats with media members. Sacramento Bee

Thurmond, who had trouble sitting in one of the small, plastic chairs during the pre-game press gathering for Mullin, was among those notably disappointed by the reaction to Lacob. Even Jackson, a native New Yorker and boyhood friend of Mullin, aggressively took up for his owner, but seemed to have a hard time minimizing the jeering and booing. Sacramento Bee

By the time Mullin walked back to center court to hug Lacob and urge the "best fans in the league" to channel their passion towards positivity -- and to have faith in Lacob's new regime -- it turned into theater. When Rick Barry grabbed the mike to lecture the fans about "class," that was the night venturing far into the reaches of infamy. It will never be forgotten -- surely not by Lacob, not by Mark Jackson, not by the Warriors staffers who all seemed stunned, not by the handful of players who were on the court at the time. Contra Costa Times

When the boos restarted for Lacob, Barry took the opportunity to chastise the crowd. "This is crazy. Seriously. Come on, you're doing yourself a disservice," Barry said. "All of the wonderful accolades being sent to you [the fans], for you to treat this man [Lacob] who is spending his money to do the best that he can to turn this franchise around -- and I know he's going to do it. So give him the respect he deserves." ESPN.com

"Obviously, probably has something to do with the recent trade and some of the fans being upset with that," Lacob said after the game. "But I think that they will love us, the ownership group, that is, when we win. And we will win." The initial indication: Lacob did just fine. He didn't quail. He got visibly mad, but he didn't duck for cover. He went back out to his courtside seat in the second half. He kept clapping and cheering for all to see. Contra Costa Times

But Lacob didn't deserve THAT treatment. He's not Cohan, and if fans were torturing him for the Monta Ellis trade, he really didn't deserve that, because it's a good far-sighted trade. "I'm not going to let a few boos get me down, and I don't expect a few boos to get our team down," Lacob said. "I think everybody has to stay tough, these are tough times, we're going to go out there and we're going to compete and we're going to win. "And that's my job as an owner, too, we're going to do everything we have to do. Not going to let a few boos stop us. "I obviously think whoever was booing is incorrect in their assumptions, but we'll just let time heal all wounds. Winning will solve all things." Contra Costa Times

Lacob said the uncomfortable situation also got to Mullin as he spoke quietly to the owner before addressing the fans. Lacob summarized Mullin's thoughts, saying, as quoted by the Mercury News, "He (Mullin) was upset. He was upset with the situation." ESPN.com

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