Chris Mullin Rumors

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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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.
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.”
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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.