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

Giants Notes: Marrero hopes to be back; Posey faces Romo

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Giants Notes: Marrero hopes to be back; Posey faces Romo

SAN FRANCISCO — About 45 minutes after the Giants announced that Chris Marrero had been designated for assignment, the left fielder walked up to the locker of one of the newcomers. Marrero patted Christian Arroyo on the back and shook his hand, congratulating him for his first call-up to the big leagues. 

“That’s my boy,” he said later. “I was really happy for him.”

The Arroyo promotion and the addition of Drew Stubbs signaled the end of Marrero’s April run in the lineup. He was cut and Aaron Hill was put on the disabled list, clearing two roster spots. Just as Arroyo forced his way up with three huge weeks in Triple-A, Marrero forced his way onto the opening day roster with a monster spring that included eight homers. He had just five hits in 38 at-bats before Monday’s moves.

“The team is struggling and we’ve got to make some moves,” Marrero said. “I believe in myself and I’ll go down and get back to how I felt in spring training. This is what I’ve worked for my whole life. I lost the feel that I had in the spring. Things were a little rushed. I came in and worked hard every day to try and find it. I’m going to keep working. I haven’t lost confidence in myself.”

Marrero was put in a bit of a tough spot. He played just about every day in Scottsdale because he was trying to win a job, and when he finally did make it, some Giants coaches felt he was a bit worn down. The team’s brutal start to the season put a glaring spotlight on left field, and this move became obvious over time.

Marrero said he likes it here, and that if he isn’t claimed, he will go to Triple-A Sacramento and try to find that spring swing and get back up here. Count Bruce Bochy among those hoping it goes down that way. 

“We thought a lot of him and still do,” Bochy said. “He’s a good hitter.”

--- Arroyo had a 4.4 GPA in high school, so the Giants knew he was smart. He’s savvy, too. There’s nothing like picking up the longest-tenured player on the team, literally. After snagging a ricochet in the fourth inning last night, Arroyo kept running and lifted Cain off the grass. They then chest-bumped. 

“That just kind of happened,” Arroyo said. “He hit it, I looked at Cain going down and saw the ball, went running and got it, instincts took over. I made a throw and got the guy. It was a fun play. In that moment, I was just pumped up. It’s one of those plays you get excited over.”

Arroyo said he heard Cain yelling and he thought he was hurt, so that’s why he ran over. Cain did have an X-ray on the foot that got hit but it came back negative. 

“Christian did a great job handling himself,” Cain said. “He picked me up big-time.”

The best part of the play came hours after it was made. As Cain talked to reporters, Brandon Crawford — who was in position to scoop the grounder in the fourth — was standing at his locker, a few feet away.

“Let it go through next time,” he said softly.

--- Denard Span was out on the field Monday afternoon, but he’ll miss another two to four days with that right shoulder injury. This will truly be a day-to-day situation. If at any point the Giants feel they need coverage, Span can be put on the 10-day DL. 

--- Hill apparently felt discomfort after playing long toss on the road trip. He can swing a bat but he was going to be kept from throwing for three to four days, so he was put on the DL.

--- This spring, Posey was asked about facing Sergio Romo. Here was his long tendencies-filled answer. Posey faced Romo in the eighth and flied out. 

"It was a little weird, I'm not going to lie," he said. "I caught him for so long. It's definitely interesting being in the batter's box instead of being the plate."

Was there a nod or "hey what's up" look between the two?

"I've caught him long enough to know you don't look at him," Posey said, smiling. 

--- If you missed it, the standing ovation for Romo was a very, very cool moment. Also, here's my story on Madison Bumgarner, who spoke for the first time since his injury. And here's the first story on Arroyo, with a fun anecdote about his mom. She'll be in the stands Tuesday. And finally, my game story from last night. 

Four takeaways from Warriors' first-round sweep of Blazers

Four takeaways from Warriors' first-round sweep of Blazers

PORTLAND -- Four games, four quarters to each and the Warriors are on to the next round of the postseason.

Here are four things we learned about these Warriors in the wake of their four-game sweep of the Trail Blazers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

IT’S A TEAM THING: The Warriors lost All-Star forward Kevin Durant in Game 1, came back and won Game 2. They lost head coach Steve Kerr before Game 3, went out and fashioned one of the biggest comebacks in franchise postseason history. They are constructed in such a way that the collective is strong enough to overcome the loss of one man. They won this series in a walk despite being shorthanded for the last three games and without their head coach for the last two. This team and this staff are bigger than any individual.

JAVALE McGEE MATTERS: By last Sept. 16 the summer was all but gone and every coveted player NBA player had been accounted for. That’s when the Warriors signed McGee with the hope that he could provide some length and athleticism on the block, if only for a few minutes a night -- and, surely, some nights not at all. McGee was the last man to make the team, and here he was dominating a Trail Blazers team that, to be fair, lacked a healthy center. He was special in this series, and what he provides will be needed as the Warriors move forward.

DRAYMOND’S VALUE IS BEYOND MEASURE: There were so many examples during the regular season that illustrated Draymond Green’s significance to the Warriors. He topped them all in this series. He defended, at some point, every member of the Portland team. He rebounded. He made 3-pointers. He blocked 17 shots. The Blazers tried him early but quickly become discouraged at attacking whenever he was on the court. He disrupted their offense in more ways than they could have imagined. As a bonus, he avoided notable run-ins with officials.

SPLASHING NOT NEEDED: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were fabulous in the second half of Game 3 and Curry stood out in Game 4. But by the time the Splash Brothers found their offensive groove, the Warriors were up 2-0 in the series and rallying behind their defense en route to taking Game 3. The battle of the backcourts, logically deemed a critical factor in this series, was a virtual statistical standoff. Curry/Thompson combined for 192 points, while Damian Lillard 111 and CJ McCollum totaled 201. If it’s the numbers are that close, the Warriors will win every series, and probably sweep.