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March 29, 2015 Updates

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

March 28, 2015 Updates

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. ESPN.com

March 27, 2015 Updates

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. ZagsBlog.com

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.” ZagsBlog.com

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March 26, 2015 Updates

When George Karl heard about Dean Smith’s latest act of kindness, the one that came long after he was gone and involved a $200 check being sent to many of his former players so they could have a meaningful meal on his behalf, he couldn’t help but get emotional about his old coach. Smith, the North Carolina legend who passed away in early February, was leaving Karl and so many others inspired even after he was gone. “It just continues my amazement of him,” said Karl, the Sacramento Kings coach who played for Smith from 1970 to 1973 and is sixth all-time in wins (1,139-767). “The combination of his humility, and just to do the right things and treat people the right way. He was a big meal guy. He liked sharing ideas over a good dinner at a good restaurant, and fortunately I was blessed to have many of those opportunities with him. I’m tearing up a little bit, to be honest with you. That’s Coach Smith right there.” For The Win

March 25, 2015 Updates

In a press release Monday, producers of "Playing to Win: A Relentless Pursuit to Save a Team" announced they'll premiere the documentary at the Sacramento International Film Festival on April 29 in downtown’s Esquire IMAX Theater. “The film chronicles the heartache, fight and resolve during the tumultuous era in Kings history when the franchise seemed destined to relocate to Seattle,” stated the release. “After years of hard work by so many people in this community, we are thrilled to be able to present this film on the big screen,” said director Rusty Prevatt in the release. “The threat of the Kings leaving Sacramento for Seattle brought this community together in a way we have never witnessed before. We hope our film has captured the city’s passion for keeping its beloved team in Sacramento.” The film will showcase exclusive interviews with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Kings Chairman Vivek Ranadivé, Kings President Chris Granger, KHTK Sports 1140 Host Carmichael Dave and more. The documentary’s initial showing — which comes just days after ESPN’s “30 for 30” film that also chronicles the city’s effort to retain the Kings — is scheduled for the two-year anniversary of the NBA Relocation Committee’s recommendation (7-0) to keep the team in California’s capital. NBA.com

During a recent game against the Washington Wizards, Paul Pierce pushed Omri Casspi out of bounds and into a little girl. On Tuesday, Casspi tried to make it up to the little girl by giving her an Elsa doll. You know, Elsa, from that movie Frozen that people are for some reason still crazy about. For The Win

March 24, 2015 Updates

“I want to come back here so badly,” Casspi, a first-round draft pick by the Kings in 2009, said. “I love the community and I feel like the team is finally moving in the right direction. George Karl’s system is great, and I’m not just saying that because I play for him, but because I really do believe this is the right way to play basketball. Spacing the floor. Moving, making extra passes, sharing the ball. Getting our hands on balls, deflections, then getting out and running. Unfortunately, coach Karl has not had a lot of time to teach us everything, but these last two games, you can see what we can become.” Sacramento Bee

If Casspi re-signs with the Kings, his girlfriend Shani Ruderman, a Los Angeles native who has practiced law in Israel, plans to take the California bar exam. She’s taking classes at Sacramento State to improve her English language skills. “Shani loves it here,” Casspi said. “We both do. This community has been through so much, and now we are on the right path. I want to be a part of that, especially with that new arena coming, coach Karl and Vlade here. When the time comes, my agent will talk to (general manager) Pete (D’Alessandro) and hopefully we get it done.” Sacramento Bee

The season got more miserable and messy after Cousins returned and the team later clumsily replaced Tyrone Corbin with George Karl, continuing a cycle of mismanagement. “It’s been a circus, man. It’s been a complete circus,” a flustered Cousins said, when asked to describe this season. “We got off to a hot start. Unfortunately, I got sick, so it ruined the look of the team. I take some blame for that. I know for a fact, if I wouldn’t have gotten sick, things wouldn’t have happened the way it happened. It was no way it could. At the same time, a lot of it is not my fault and we all know why. But this has been a disappointing year.” Washington Post

 

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