Chris Mullin, Hall of Famer: what they're saying

Chris Mullin, Hall of Famer: what they're saying
August 10, 2011, 10:30 pm
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Aug. 10, 2011

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Chris Mullin will be a Hall of Famer on Friday, and former teammates and coaches chimed in to comment on the former Warrior and his illustrious career:
Warriors Owner Joe Lacob: This is a tremendous honor for Chris Mullin. Hes certainly one of the greatest players in the history of our franchise and this solidifies his stature as one of the true legends of the game. Chris provided Bay Area fans with many incredible performances over his 13-year tenure with the Warriors and, just as importantly, was beloved by an adoring fan base for his likability as a person off the floor. He was a player who was completely devoted to his craft and NBA fans, and Warriors fans in particular, were the beneficiaries. As an organization, we are extremely proud of Chris and his Hall of Fame induction and congratulate him on this outstanding achievement as he prepares to join basketball immortality in Springfield.

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Warriors Head Coach (Former College & NBA Teammate) Mark Jackson: This is a well-deserved tribute to an all-time great player and person. I am extremely happy for Chris and the fact the Hall of Fame committee has recognized his accomplishments. I can tell you, unequivocally, that I would not have been able to achieve some of the things that I have in my life and my career if it were not for Chris Mullin. Hes had a huge influence in my life and I will always respect and admire him for that. On the floor, he was the hardest working player that I have ever been around in all of my years in basketball and, as we all know, his shooting exploits were simply amazing.Warriors Legend & Former GM Alvin Attles: I was blessed with the opportunity to watch Chris evolve as both a person and a player from the moment he arrived in the NBA until the end of his illustrious career. He was simply an incredible player and one of the greatest shooters that I have ever seen. His work ethic and desire to improve his game in every facet shooting, passing and even defense is what set him apart from the average athlete. After 50-plus years in this league, I know that very few players have worked harder or prepared more diligently than Chris Mullin. The fact that he will now be rewarded with the ultimate honor enshrinement into the Hall of Fame proves that there is no substitution for hard work. I could not think of anyone more deserving of Hall of Fame honors than Chris and I am very happy for him and his family.Former St. Johns Head Coach Lou Carnesecca: This is a wonderful thing, especially for a guy who supposedly could not run and jump. Imagine if he could run and jump! Everyone at St. Johns is extremely proud of Chris and his achievements and this event his induction to the Hall of Fame has made everyone extremely proud. If there was anyone who had a love affair with the game of basketball, it was Chris Mullin and the results were there to prove it. I know there are a lot of people around the entire country who enjoyed watching him play and a lot of people who are excited that he is now a Hall of Famer, including me.Former Warriors Head Coach Don Nelson: Im elated for Chris and the fact that he has been recognized as a Hall of Famer. He was the heart and soul of some very good teams with the Warriors and part of an exciting time for basketball fans in the Bay Area. His accomplishments at every level high school, college, the NBA and the Olympics are well-documented and his resume, quite honestly, is about as well-rounded as any player when you look at his entire body of work. Chris was an incredible player, a great teammate, a tireless worker and a dream for a coach. He will certainly be remembered as one of the purest shooters in the history of the game and someone who got the maximum out of his ability due to his incredible drive, determination and desire. He was a special player and is a special person. Courtesy Golden State Warriors media services