HoopsHype Chris Mullin rumors

March 19, 2012 Updates

At halftime tonight, former Golden State Warriors who played with Chris Mullin at some point will take the court. They're back here in Oakland to watch the sharpshooter's No. 17 jersey get retired. And while his teammates had plenty of assists to Mullin in their careers, none of them can match the home fans who set him up nicely all 13 years of his playing days for the Warriors. "I am grateful to (owner) Joe Lacob for (tonight), but No. 1, I am grateful to the fans," Mullin said. "It was my honor to play in front of them. We bonded together. My career didn't exactly get off to a blazing start." San Francisco Chronicle

March 13, 2012 Updates

The old men were so ancient that — gasp! — they were in their late 30s. But Chris Mullin and Sam Perkins were, to be fair, almost twice the age of 18-year-old rookie Al Harrington on the 1998-99 Indiana Pacers. After the Nuggets' practice Monday, Harrington was asked about teammate Danilo Gallinari's shooting slump. Harrington promptly quoted the two elderly sages who advised him in his younger years. "They'd say: 'Keep shooting. You're only one shot away from being on fire,' " Harrington said. "You make one, feel good about yourself, the next one will go down, and you'll be back to being yourself." Denver Post

December 26, 2011 Updates

The new ownership group has made it a priority to extend an olive branch to Mullin since taking over the franchise in November 2010. His photo was installed among the Warriors' greats at the team's practice facility last summer, and owner Joe Lacob said he'll retire Mullin's No. 17 this season. The ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 20, before the team hosts the Pacers. Mullin will become the sixth player in franchise history to have his jersey number retired, joining Al Attles, Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Tom Meschery and Nate Thurmond. "He's a guy who obviously played a key role in my success and my growth as a player and a person," said head coach Mark Jackson, who played with Mullin at St. John's and then with the Indiana Pacers. "There were a lot of days when we were the only two in the gym, playing 1-on-1 before and after practice. We stayed in the gym for hours upon hours, making each other better. "He taught me so much about how to take advantage of time in the gym and becoming a gym technician." San Francisco Chronicle

December 25, 2011 Updates

Chris Mullin, former star player and general manager for the Warriors, attended Golden State's practice Saturday. He spoke to the team afterward at the behest of his good friend Jackson, who played with Mullin at St. John's and with the Pacers. Mullin, who will be on hand as part of the ESPN broadcast, hasn't been to Oracle since being let go by the Warriors as head of the Warriors' basketball operations. "Not real emotional, I don't think," Mullin said. "I'm more focused on not messing up Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy." San Jose Mercury-News

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Chris Mullin, who played with Johnson on the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team, said that when he sees Johnson anywhere, his own big hand disappears into Johnson's bigger hands. "It makes you remember," Mullin said, "just how strong he is." How strong he is. Not was. Los Angeles Times

October 28, 2011 Updates
October 13, 2011 Updates

At a pivotal moment in “Lysistrata Jones,” a musical comedy about basketball and sex that is coming to Broadway next month, the title character has to make a layup on the stage-turned-court. Patti Murin, the 5-foot-4 actress playing Lysistrata, made 34 of 39 shots during an Off Broadway production last spring — a solid showing for a hoops newbie who didn’t know a layup from a free throw before being cast. When Ms. Murin missed, she won over audiences with a laugh and a wink. On Broadway, however, she wants people to think: The girl got game. Which is why Ms. Murin was eyeing the net on an Upper East Side court on Tuesday as a coach towered over her, sharing tips. That the coach was Chris Mullin, the retired N.B.A. All-Star and the product of Brooklyn playgrounds, only added to the pressure. But Mr. Mullin was all gentle reassurance, advising that she take four steps to the hoop, lift off with her left foot, then shoot with only her right hand. New York Times

In gray sweat pants and a black T-shirt, the 6-foot-6 Mr. Mullin, a friend of one of the producers, quickly came to life when he hit the court, despite just arriving on a red-eye flight from his home near San Francisco. He encouraged cast bonding by cheering and applauding, even as balls went wildly out of bounds, and was careful not to overwhelm the actors with pointers. “You want to think about where you’re planting your foot.” “Release the ball when you’re at your highest point.” “Shoot, and then follow through the shot with your hand.” New York Times

Mr. Mullin said he planned to stick to the fundamentals at the camp, with dribbling between one’s legs about as fancy as he would get. “These guys and girls have real natural talent, so I want to work with that rather than push a lot of basketball technique on them,” Mr. Mullin said. “The good thing about Broadway is they love to perform. Their minds are geared toward discipline, getting moves down cold, impressing the audience and making it all fun. Basketball is a lot like that.” New York Times

September 27, 2011 Updates

During rehearsals last fall the actors in the Broadway play “Lombardi” learned virtually every inspirational maxim uttered by the legendary Green Bay Packers coach. But at least they didn’t have to run drills – unlike the cast of the coming Broadway musical “Lysistrata Jones,” a comic look at a college basketball team on a long losing streak. Next month the young actors in the show will take part in a five-day basketball camp being organized by Chris Mullin, a New York City basketball star in the 1980s and a former Golden State Warriors player who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year. In a telephone interview Mr. Mullin said that Paula Herold — a family friend who is a producer of “Lysistrata Jones” — reached out to him about helping improve the skills of the fictitious Athens University squad, who show off basketball moves (albeit spotty ones) throughout the musical. New York Times

“I thought it’d be fun to get involved and see what I could do to polish up the playing, make it look more authentic and sharpen the choreography for Broadway,” said Mr. Mullin, who was born in Brooklyn and piled up basketball awards and records through school, including at St. John’s University in Queens. “I also have great respect for theater. When I was at St. John’s, my coaches would refer to Broadway dancers and performers and talk about how they would practice and practice and practice. I always remembered that.” Mr. Mullin, who lives in the San Francisco area, said he was a fan of musicals but didn’t see as many as he would like; his last Broadway show was “Jersey Boys.” New York Times

September 15, 2011 Updates

Newly enshrined Hall of Famer Chris Mullin will have his No. 17 retired by the Golden State Warriors. The ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 20, before the team hosts the Pacers. Mullin, an ESPN anaylyst who was enshrined in the Hall of Fame last month, played his first 12 seasons with Golden State, then three with Indiana before returning to the Warriors for his final season in 2000-01. ESPN.com

September 4, 2011 Updates

Blazers president Larry Miller has expressed a strong interest in former Golden State Warriors GM Chris Mullin, sources said. Mullin’s expected to talk with the Blazers too, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

August 18, 2011 Updates

Walsh is extremely fond of Miller, and sources say Simon believes Miller could evolve into a good basketball executive. The possibility of teaching him the trade, the craft, and eventually handing the Pacers over to Miller is intriguing to Walsh too, sources said. Miller isn’t the only choice, because there’s one more ex-Pacer that the owner and Walsh have a fondness for: Chris Mullin. Walsh wanted to hire Mullin with the Knicks, but ownership wouldn’t allow it. Still, Reggie is Reggie in Indiana. There’s no more magical pro basketball name there. Yahoo! Sports

August 17, 2011 Updates

The legend of Sabonis grew after the game. The United States would play Croatia in the gold-medal game eight hours later, allowing for a time gap between the bronze game and the award ceremony. Sabonis and his teammates ventured back to the Olympic dormitory, where Sabonis challenged fellow Olympians in arm wrestling for shots. One by one, wrestlers and shot putters among them, Sabonis beat them. By the time of the award ceremony, three Lithuanians did not make it to the podium. Sabonis was one of them. "I knew how they used to roll," said Chris Mullin, part of the United States' Dream Team. "I think they came out with their tie-dye on. They did what the Deadheads do. They got loosened up. Made use of their free time." Sabonis was located a couple of days later in one of the women's Olympic dormitories. Grantland

August 16, 2011 Updates

The National Basketball Association will host its first-ever event in Thailand with the NBA 3-on-3 Thailand 2011 presented by Singha Drinking Water, the league announced yesterday. Featuring Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, the NBA 3-on-3 Thailand 2011 will take place in Bangkok at CentralWorld on Sept 10 and 11. The competition, which will provide youth with an opportunity to hone their basketball skills and compete amongst their peers, is open to 11-19-year-old boys and girls and also features a division for adult men. Registration began yesterday at Central Plaza Pin Klao, Central Plaza Bang Na and CentralWorld on a first come first serve basis and runs until Sept 6. Bangkok Post

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