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

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

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

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

49ers receive early vindication on selection of Reuben Foster

SANTA CLARA – General manager John Lynch received the text message Wednesday from Dr. Tim McAdams that might have come as a surprise to many of the teams that passed on linebacker Reuben Foster during the draft.

The 49ers’ team physician declared Foster’s surgically repaired right shoulder is ready to play football. The 49ers are scheduled for their first practice of training camp on Friday, and Foster will be a full participant.

“We feel great about our doctors, our medical program here,” Lynch said on Thursday, as the 49ers reported to training camp. “Our trainer, Jeff Ferguson, is as good as there is in the league. Dr. McAdams, world-renowned. He has the Stanford name behind him.

“We challenged him numerous times. From his observation, the shoulder was good.”

Foster’s tumble to the back end of the first round was widely blamed on his shoulder condition. The 49ers traded with the Seattle Seahawks to select Foster with the No. 31 overall pick. Almost immediately, the 49ers were scrutinized for making the selection.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported some teams did not even consider drafting Foster. One “well-placed source with knowledge of the injury” told Schefter that Foster’s surgery “didn’t take.”

The 49ers’ willingness to clear Foster for the first day of camp is a reality that appears to be in stark contrast to the opinions around the league that Foster’s shoulder would require additional surgery. The 49ers expect Foster to be ready Sunday for the first padded, contact practice of training camp.

“We pride ourselves in doing all of our due diligence, not afterward, but before we make the decisions,” Lynch said. “We’d done exhaustive research on Reuben Foster in a lot of different areas. Medically was one area.”

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he the nature of Foster’s injury convinced him that even the worst-case scenario, in the big picture, was not so bad. Foster sustained a torn rotator cuff in Alabama’s national semifinal game against Washington and played the championship game against Clemson with the injury.

“I was proud of our doctors for putting themselves out there and giving their honest opinion about what they felt,” Shanahan said. “They feel it is healed, and it’s going to be good. I respect them for doing that. They went against the norm on that, and that isn’t always easy.

“(I’m) pretty confident when it is a shoulder injury, if it doesn’t heal the right way or it’s done wrong, you have to re-do a surgery, yes, it’s time, but it’s not going to affect the guy we saw on tape.”

Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

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Report: Kyrie Irving 'very badly' wants to play for Knicks

Kyrie Irving is itching to get to the Big Apple.

Irving 'very badly' wants to play for the Knicks, according to ESPN's Pablo Torre.

Irving reportedly requested a trade from the Cavs during a meeting with management on July 7.

The four-time All-Star would prefer to be shipped to the Spurs, Timberwolves, Heat or Knicks, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Although Irving was born in Australia, he grew up in West Orange, New Jersey -- which is about 20 miles away from Madison Square Garden.

The Cavs have been trying to get a hold of Irving, but the 25-year old is not talking to anybody from the organization, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.

Irving averaged 25.2 points and 5.8 assists per game last season, shooting over 47 percent from the field and 40 percent from deep.

In the 2017 NBA Finals, he registered 29.4 points over the five games.

The Knicks owe Joakim Noah over $17.7 million next season, over $18.5 million in 2018-19 and nearly $19.3 million in 2019-20.

The Knicks also just signed Tim Hardaway Jr. (who they traded in June 2015) to a 4-year contract worth nearly $71 million.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller