Chris Mullin Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Sacramento Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro – who lost authority to Vlade Divac – will be a significant candidate for St. John’s AD job.
Chris Mullin and Ed Pinckney are close friends dating back to their Big East playing days, and sources told SNY.tv he’s the favorite to fill the third spot, which has remained open since Mullin took the job April 1. “There’s a lot of different candidates,” Mullin said last month. If Pinckney joined the staff, St. John’s would have a loaded set of recruiters going forward. Pinckney is a former NCAA champion and Villanova assistant who knows the recruiting ropes as well as anyone.
The Kings have yet to formally announce their new power structure, but sources say that Divac has supplanted both general manager Pete D’Alessandro and former Kings adviser Chris Mullin — who just jumped to the college game as the new coach at alma mater St. John’s — as Sacramento’s lead basketball decision-maker. The future of D’Alessandro in Sacramento, especially after the departure of his closest ally in the organization in Mullin, is unclear. Sources say, however, that the Kings have already launched a search to add another front-line basketball executive to work alongside Divac whether D’Alessandro stays or departs.
St. John’s guard Rysheed Jordan leaning toward return as a junior to play for Chris Mullin, sources tell Yahoo. He’s considered NBA Draft.
Frank Isola: Walter Berry in attendance at Chris Mullin’s press conference. Also here, Sacramento Kings GM Pete D’Alessandro & former Net Jayson Williams
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.”
While Mullin, 51, repeatedly refuted reports that he had issues with Karl, it was also widely believed within the organization that he hoped to emerge as Ranadive’s choice to coach the Kings after an extensive offseason search, bolstered by a multi-year contract and the opportunity to assemble his own staff.
General manager Pete D’Alessandro? The man principal owner Vivek Ranadive calls “Petey”? He’s the wild card, the executive whose future is most uncertain for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the departure of his longtime friend and closest Kings ally. Mullin, who lived in the East Bay, routinely spent nights in D’Alessandro’s guest house in East Sac.
Adam Zagoria: Book Richardson and Ed Pinckney have not yet been approached about joining Chris Mullin’s staff at St. John’s, sources tell @SNYtv
Adam Zagoria: Chris Mullin press conference set for Wednesday at St. John’s, source confirms to @SNYtv
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.
Chris Mullin is finally coming home. The St. John’s celebrated star and basketball Hall of Famer has accepted the job and will become the Red Storm’s 20th head coach. “He’s in,” a source close to Mullin told the Daily News, adding that he’s on his way to New York.
Sophomore point guard Rysheed Jordan has been mulling going pro, but is said to be intrigued by the Mullin hiring and may consider coming back to play for a coach with as many NBA connections as Mullin. The same is true for junior center Chris Obekpa. Louisiana guard Brandon Sampson, who committed but did not sign, has re-opened recruiting since the move with Lavin but is said to still be considering St. John’s. A team with those three and Diallo would be formidable out of the gate.
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.
Jeff Goodman: St. John’s has offered job to Chris Mullin, but former Red Storm star has not accepted yet, sources told ESPN.
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.
St. John’s is interested in former NBA player and St. John’s star Chris Mullin as Lavin’s replacement. Mullin, who led St. John’s to the 1985 Final Four, works as an adviser for the Sacramento Kings. St. John’s also could pursue coaches Bobby Hurley (Buffalo) or Dan Hurley (Rhode Island), according to a source.
One source said Mullin would have an edge, but it remains unclear if he wants the job. “He’s the most famous person in the school history, he’s going to have a decided edge on whatever name comes up,” the source said. “Whether he takes it or not, I don’t know. At one point there was mutual interest but that guy’s got a pretty good damn life.”
Former St. John’s and NBA legend Chris Mullin, Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley and Manhattan coach Steve Masiello are among the leading candidates to replace Steve Lavin, sources told SNY.tv. It could be an old-school vs. new-school thing where the old-school guys want Mullin, and the new-school guys prefer Hurley, or possibly Masiello.
Outspoken Hall of Fame guard Rick Barry called a portion of Golden State Warriors fans “fools” and made other digs toward Stephen Curry, LeBron James’ former teammates and the 1976 NBA champion Boston Celtics while he celebrated with his old championship team on Monday night. “All those fools that were booing during the Chris Mullin [jersey retirement] ceremony should be writing letters to [Warriors co-owner] Joe Lacob apologizing for what they did because it worked out pretty good,” said Barry, who unsuccessfully tried to calm the crowd as it booed Lacob during Mullin’s ceremony on March 18, 2012.
Again, enter Ranadive: He insisted on hiring Karl, a future Hall of Fame coach, and empowered him to begin the player auditions. He dictated hiring Divac, despite resistance from D’Alessandro and Mullin, and crafted a position designed to capitalize on Divac’s unique abilities and background in basketball and business here and abroad. Asked if he had concerns about the cool reception from some of his new colleagues, Divac said, “I’m here. We’ll see.” D’Alessandro declined to discuss Divac on Monday. In a text Tuesday, he said, “Of course. We are happy to have him.”
Soap operas have beginnings and endings, often with misdirection plays aplenty. The latest Kings episode aired Monday when Divac returned from a two-week trip with the team and moved his belongings into an office. The deep chill he encountered wasn’t caused by the air conditioning. The internal dynamics have been undeniably altered the past several weeks, and though principal owner Vivek Ranadive has copped to several rookie mistakes, he won’t be slipping into the background. The hiring of Karl and Divac were Ranadive’s decisions, with strong pressure from at least two of the team’s influential investors. As one owner said, this was an obvious do-over. Pressed for time after he purchased the team in May 2013, only four weeks before the NBA draft, Ranadive’s first faux pas was hiring a head coach before a general manager.
So enough about George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins. As the Kings limp toward the finish line and another appearance in the NBA draft lottery, members of management have issues to resolve before devoting their attention to potential trades, draft picks and free-agent signings. Will they play together? Will they trust, learn, grow? Will they develop into a cohesive unit or expand on the definition of dysfunction? Vice president of basketball and franchise operations Vlade Divac. General manager Pete D’Alessandro. Assistant general manager Mike Bratz. Special adviser Chris Mullin, whom high-ranking team executives claim resisted the hiring of Karl and Divac, the beloved former Kings center. Factor the strong-willed, accomplished Karl into the equation, and the mix is potentially toxic, if undeniably talented and intriguing.