Chris Mullin Rumors
During his playing days with the Warriors, Mullin would recruit Housen to help him organize off-season workouts and pickup games. Housen would show up at some high school in the middle of July with nets, mops, towels and, after investigating their sizes, sneakers for Mullin’s friends. He could not help but treat it like a playoff game. “He’s like any great artist, athlete, dancer — he’s got his own rhythm, his own way of doing things, and probably no one else would be able to do it that way,” Mullin, now the coach at St. John’s, said in a telephone interview. “And I know the Warriors have billionaire players and a billionaire owner, but without him the place would fall down. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s the God’s honest truth. And it’s been that way for 25 years.”
He’s about to play for his 18th coach in 18 seasons, which, as he points out, “literally might be a record.” And yet he’s scored more points than Magic Johnson or Chris Mullin and sunk more threes than Iverson and Mark Price combined. This season, barring injury, he’ll pass Ewing, Olajuwon, and Shaq on the games played list. His career has been both weird and wondrous. One of four men to score 50 for three different teams. The alltime leader in four-pointers, and by a mile. (Crawford has hit 50; J.J. Redick is second at 34; Steph Curry, the biggest threat to catch him, is at 20.) The only three-time recipient of the Sixth Man of the Year Award and the oldest player to earn one of the NBA’s five major honors.
Rick Barry went out of his way to warn Warriors fans against jeering Joe Lacob during a 2012 ceremony honoring Chris Mullin, and the Dubs legend recently went into detail about that incident. Barry replied emphatically when asked on KNBR if he truly thought Lacob, the new majority owner, was special as he grabbed the microphone amid boos based on Golden State trading Monte Ellis. “Well, I really believed that he was doing the right things and he was bringing in the right people and he was willing to spend his money and do the things that weren’t being done previously with the franchise, “Barry told KNBR’s Gary & Larry program Tuesday. “And it all paid off. I mean he brought in great people.”
Would you be surprised to learn that Hall of Fame forward Dennis Rodman once again said some crazy stuff about the modern NBA? On Tuesday’s “Reiter Than You” on CBS Sports, Rodman asserted that the Run TMC Golden State Warriors were better than today’s team led by Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. You can watch for yourself above. “Guess what, remember that [Run TMC], what they called it, Golden State back in the day?” Rodman said. “They was way better then. They were scoring like 130 points a game back then. They was way better then than now.”
Surrounded by a sea of yellow “We Believe” T-shirts and placards, Davis’ dunk became the lasting image of that run. A more tantalizing one, though, never made it out of Mullin’s dreams: Davis and Jackson joined by Kevin Garnett—yes, that Kevin Garnett, still in his prime—to take the step the We Believers had left untaken. “It was basically done,” Mullin says. “I was doing an extension with [agent] Andy Miller on Kevin Garnett’s deal. KG liked Baron enough, and we had talked enough. He said, ‘Yo, I’ll do it.'” A 2007 draft-night three-team deal with the Timberwolves and Charlotte (then the Bobcats) would’ve sent Garnett to the Warriors, Richardson to the Bobcats and picks and talent to the Timberwolves. It fell apart, Mullin says, when then-Warriors owner Chris Cohan dragged his feet and ultimately said no.