From Comcast SportsNet Thursday, September 15, 2011
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)Newly enshrined Hall of Famer Chris Mullin will havehis No. 17 retired by the Golden State Warriors.The ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 20, before the team hosts the Pacers.Mullin, enshrined in the Hall of Fame last month, played his first 12 seasonswith Golden State, then three with Indiana before returning to the Warriors forhis final season in 2000-01. Owner Joe Lacob made the announcement Wednesday night at an event for seasonticket-holders. Mullin will become the sixth player in franchise history to havehis jersey number retired, joining Al Attles, Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, TomMeschery and Nate Thurmond.Mullin finished with 17,911 points in 986 games.
Rudy Gay has been MIA since leaving the locker room on crutches following the Kings loss to the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 18. He’s posted a few instagram videos of his recovery from a devastating left Achilles rupture, but until Friday night in Oakland, he had been away from the team.
“I’m out of the boot, second stage of my rehab, ahead of schedule and feeling good,” the 30-year-old wing told CSN California’s Kayte Christensen.
According to Gay, he is able to due weight bearing exercises, including some light squats. The 11-year NBA vet is still a ways away from returning to the court, but if he’s ahead of schedule, that means he might be ready for training camp come late September.
It’s not the same group he left behind. DeMarcus Cousins is gone, as is Matt Barnes and Omri Casspi. If he were still playing, Gay would likely be sitting out games for planned rest like most of the Kings’ veterans, but he doesn’t have that luxury.
Gay is entering the final year of his contract in Sacramento. He is due $14.3 million next season, but he has a player option and can become an unrestricted free agent if he so chooses. His recovery will likely dictate whether he opts in to his contract or whether he looks for a long-term deal either with the Kings or elsewhere.
Before the injury, Gay was the Kings’ second leading scorer, posting 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33.8 minutes per night.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Michael Morse isn't ready to give up on his comeback.
Morse, sidelined by a hamstring injury, said he will continue to rehab with the organization, with the plan of eventually going to Triple-A and working his way up to the big leagues. Morse hasn't played since getting hurt March 20 in Glendale. He was initially given a two-to-three week diagnosis, but because he wants to let the strain heal completely, he anticipates missing closer to a full month.
Morse said he's on the same page with general manager Bobby Evans. He will get healthy at the minor league facility in Scottsdale.
"I'll then go to Triple-A and play games and figure it out from there," he said. "I'm going to get healthy and play some games and if that point the team is 20-0, I know I probably won't get called up. If they need me, that'd be great."
The Giants are hopeful it works out. Before getting hurt, Morse had three spring homers and was in position to make the opening day roster. Without Morse, the Giants are light on right-handed power options for the bench.