Chris Mullin Rumors
Colangelo: I called a meeting in Chicago of former Olympic coaches going back to 1960; only two were unable to make it. So we had a great array of former coaches and Olympian basketball players going way back and current, including Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Jerry West, I could go on and on. Tooley: Michael Jordan was there, Dean Smith, John Thompson, Lenny Wilkins, Larry Bird was there as a player, [Clyde] Drexler, Chris Mullin. Ford: Jerry West spoke very emotionally about how important [USA Basketball was to him]. He said, “The only jersey that gets hung in my house is my USA jersey. I couldn’t wait to go over and play the Russians.”
With the help of NBA Hall of Famer and sponsor Chris Mullin, Williams has since sobered up, but he’s still got some stories to tell. Williams took some time away from his mentoring job at the Epiphany’s Treatment Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. to speak with Vice Sports about the craziness of ’90s NBA party culture. The New York City native starts off the podcast with hilarious tales that will make you laugh about these 24-hour party people that happens to represent one of the greatest eras in NBA history. He gives anecdotes of the following:
If NBA teams were smarter, they’d sell three kinds of tickets to Warriors games: one for the game, one for Curry’s pre-game show and one for both. Oh, the money that could be made. Kerr and Mullin, who both spent time playing and traveling with Michael Jordan, said the nation’s infatuation with Curry is getting to that place where comparisons are warranted. “I was around Michael during the summer of ’92,” Mullin said. “So yeah, I think it’s at that level.”
Mullin, one of the greatest shooters in Warriors history and now the St. John’s head coach, raved about Stephen Curry after he and his players got an up-close look at the reigning MVP. “One hundred percent the best shooter all-time,” Mullin said of Curry. “No question. It’s beautiful. First of all, he’s the best shooter of all-time, but he’s much more than that. He commands so much attention. A lot of times, other guys are getting triple-doubles because of the attention he gets. He’ll get the hockey assists just because they’ll double him so early. It might be two passes later, but it really started with him.
Said Mullin: “The last two or three seasons he’s put together are historical, and now this year he’s having a historic season. The numbers are staggering. I’ve seen some comparisons on TV, and they’re identical to Michael’s individual numbers.”