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March 31, 2015 Updates

Adam Zagoria: St. John's officially names Chris Mullin head coach. Presser at 1:30 tomorrow. Chris Mullin: 'It’s a surreal experience coming home and returning to St. John’s Univ. This is a role I have been preparing for all of my life. I look forward to mentoring our current and future players, passing along knowledge and aiding in their development to help them reach their goals, similar to the impact Coach Carnesecca had on me thirty years ago." Twitter @AdamZagoria

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins missed Monday's 97-83 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies to rest nagging injuries as the team contemplates shutting down the All-Star big man for the rest of the season. Kings coach George Karl said Monday that he spoke with Cousins about how they would approach the final weeks of the season. Cousins has been dealing with a calf strain, sore foot and a thigh bruise among other ailments for several weeks. "We talked when he commented after one game that his body was beat up," Karl said before the Kings faced the Grizzlies. "I said, 'Instead of thinking about shutting it down, let's try to find some days that you can get your body rested.' We might schedule a piece of our games and (rest Cousins) again." ESPN.com

March 30, 2015 Updates

To that end, he is expected to announce that he is hiring a staff that includes a number of candidate who are New Yorkers, have appreciated St. John's and know the ropes of the college game, and especially recruiting. Among the serious candidates — some that he already has consulted with — are Kentucky assistant and fellow alumnus from Brooklyn’s Xaverian Barry Rohrssen, who established a flowing pipeline of New Yorkers to Pitt and has head coaching experience at Manhattan; Iowa State assistant Matt Abdelmassih, a St. John's alum and former hoops manager who is a rising star among assistant coaches and is heavily involved in the recruiting of Long Island blue-chipper Cheick Diallo; Bulls assistant and Bronx product Ed Pinkney who helped Villanova to the 1985 national title and also was a strong recruiting assistant coach for the Wildcats for four seasons; and Emanuel (Book) Richardson of the Bronx, who has regularly scored top recruits including New Yorkers for Xavier and now Arizona. He could hire brother Terence Mullin in some capacity as well. New York Daily News

March 29, 2015 Updates

Tom Ziller: Chris Mullin taking the St. John's coaching job would do nothing to dispel the rumors he wanted to coach the Kings next season pre-Karl. Rumor was Mullin wanted Malone out of the way but didn't want to coach starting in the middle of a season. Wanted camp and a new staff. Twitter @teamziller

St. John's has offered Chris Mullin the opportunity to be its next head basketball coach and he is expected to accept, multiple sources say. The two sides were hammering out final details on a contract Sunday that would make Mullin the successor to Steve Lavin, who was fired Friday after five years at the school. Barring a last-minute snag in the negotiations, the administration is hoping to have a press conference Tuesday or Wednesday. Mullin has spent the past few seasons as an adviser in the Sacramento Kings' front office and was also formerly the general manager of the Golden State Warriors. He has no head-coaching experience, but sources said that St. John's believes Mullin provides a blueprint similar to what Iowa State had when it hired Fred Hoiberg in 2010. CBSSports.com

 

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