Mullin elected to Basketball Hall of Fame


Mullin elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

April 4, 2011


Matt Steinmetz

Chris Mullin, one of the greatest players in Warriors franchise history, was elected into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Monday.

Mullin was a five-time NBA All-Star, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the most revered players to come out of the New York metropolitan area. Mullin was one of 12 finalists in the 2011 class.

This is the culmination of everything for me, Mullin said by telephone from Houston, site of this years Final Four. From Coach (Lou) Carnesecca at St. Johns, to the Warriors and Al Attles and Nate Thurmond. I looked up to those guys and I saw the way they conducted themselves and I tried to emulate that.

Also entering with Mullin are Tex Winter, Artis Gilmore, Dennis Rodman, Stanford womens coach Tara VanDerveer, Herb Magee, Arvydas Sabonis, Teresa Edwards, Reece Goose Tatum and Tom Satch Sanders.

They will be inducted in Springfield, Mass., in August. Alvin Attles, who has spent more than 50 seasons in the Warriors organization, was not one of the 12 voted in.

Mullin said no question that Carnesecca will be the one presenting Mullin with the Hall of Fame honor in August.

Mitch Richmond, Rod (Higgins) Timmy (Hardaway) those guys made me look good, Mullin said. And the fans they embraced me. I got off to a rough start at the beginning of my career and whether it was on or off the court they still embraced me.

The biggest statement is I still live in the Bay Area. Im a New York guy, but I love the Bay Area. I raised my family there, still live there, still love it there and that says it all.

Mullin ranks atop many of the Warriors career-leaders list, including scoring (fifth), steals (first), games played (first), assists (fourth), blocked shots (seventh), minutes played (second) and free throw percentage (second).

After retiring as a player, Mullin became the general manager of the Warriors and guided them to their only playoff appearance in the past 17 seasons in 2006-07, the year Golden State upset the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

Mullin is also one of the greatest players in the history of St. Johns University, helping lead the Redmen at the time to the 1985 Final Four. Mullin was a three-time Big East Player of the Year and won the prestigious Wooden Award his senior season.

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

Without Green, Iguodala, fourth quarter turns into disaster for Warriors vs Rockets

OAKLAND -- The defending champion Warriors started cracking in the hours before tipoff Tuesday night and broke apart when they usually come together.

The fourth quarter was a disaster area and it cost the Warriors, as the Houston Rockets wiped out a 13-point deficit and tagged them with a 122-121 loss before a stunned sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

So ends, as it should, the spurious notion of a rubber-stamp championship for the Warriors. A strain here and a tweak there and they found themselves on the painful end of the score.

The Warriors learned prior to the game that forward Andre Iguodala, their valuable Sixth Man, would be out nursing a strained back. They were hit with another injury, this one to Draymond Green, who was highly effective, late in the third quarter.

“He was our best player tonight,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He was the guy who was bringing the energy and the life.”

Green’s numbers -- 9 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists -- barely hint at his value in this game. Green and Iguodala are the primary defensive communicators, and Green held it down fairly well -- until he, too, was gone.

“Our communication wasn’t very good and we didn’t stick to the game plan; we gave them too many wide-open threes,” said Klay Thompson, who scored 11 first-quarter points but only 5 over the final three.

“We did a good job in the half-court of keeping them in front,” said Kevin Durant, who also scolded himself for committing eight turnovers. “But in transition we got cross-matched so many times and we just didn’t communicate well enough.”

Games aren’t always lost in the fourth, despite the frequent narrative, but this one most assuredly was. With Green in the locker room accompanied by ice, the Warriors were outscored 34-20 in the fourth quarter.

After shooting 45.8 percent through three quarters, the Rockets took it to 56 percent in the fourth, closing the game on a 13-5 run over the final 4:01.

The Warriors don’t yet know when Green and Iguodala will return, whether it’s as soon as Friday at New Orleans or a matter of weeks. Until they do, Kerr will have to resort to patching things together.

Problem is, aside from the scoring of Nick Young (23 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-7 from deep) and Jordan Bell (8 points on 4-of-5 shooting in 12 minutes), the bench did not distinguish itself.

That was particularly true on defense, which happen to be where Iguodala and Green make their greatest impact. The reserves accounted for 13 of the 25 fouls called on the Warriors.

“We’ve got to be better,” Durant said. “We’ve got to be better, and we’re looking forward to practice Wednesday.”

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

D'Antoni claps back at Draymond, Warriors after Rockets' 122-121 win

Draymond Green usually gets the last word.

Not this time.

"Somebody said we don't take it seriously on defense. Well obviously they don't take it seriously either," Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni said after the Rockets knocked off the Warriors 122-121 on Tuesday night., according to Santa Rosa Press Democrat's Phil Barber.

The jab stems from Green's comments after practice on Monday.

"You should believe that. I'm turning over a new leaf. Number 1 -- they want it to be a shootout, which is fine. But we're gonna play some defense. We score pretty well, but we're a damn good defensive team, too. So we're gonna play some defense.

"I don't know how serious they take defense with that comment, but I know they added some good defensive players," Green told reporters Monday.

Green won't get his next shot at D'Antoni and the Rockets until January 4 in Houston.