1-on-1 with Chris Mullin on Chronicle Live Pt. 1
Hall of Famer Chris Mullin talks with Greg Papa on Chronicle Live
There's one about. That's what we. Now that it's all over it. Okay. Have a great -- Bay Area. Today. So I was drafted by the Golden State Warriors. By the wonderful how battles. When my buddy said to me. What the heck is that works. And I didn't know myself all I knew it was a long way from New York. And my new pro life and being 3000 miles away from home. Turkoglu were just informing. Them by the grace of god I thought in my life one day at a time. And strength me personally physically mentally and spiritually. Actually I think it'll -- Warriors organization and the fans. Who support me on a very difficult difficult time in my life. I'm forever grateful to Bay Area and today I call at all. And the various forever grateful to Chris -- that was back on August the twelfth 2011 -- when he was enshrined into the basketball hall of fame in des Smith and exactly. Seven. Months in seven days later the Warriors are gonna put his number seventy get into the rafters joining that Nate Thurmond and maybe the greatest Golden State or -- of them all Rick Barry. Wilt Chamberlain. Tom McSherry. And Hal panels he will go into the Raptors Chris -- Welcome back to ORACLE Arena in front of -- many of your fans season ticket holders presence back tomorrow let's get the ovation. -- -- -- A great great thank you. And it's great to see. In his beautiful arena. Around of the greatest fans in the NBA for sure no question about welcome to this very special addition. -- presented by Farmers Insurance for the next sixty minutes you look at you set for march 19. But here number seventeen. Is retired forever first let's start with some of the names on the list issue. You played in this building when it was before it was oracle that was the old coliseum arena with all the 50025. Every night did you ever imagine. When you came out of that tunnel to play here and one day your name wouldn't your Jersey would join Nate Thurmond Rick Perry and now -- and Thomas cheering him. All the greats. Never. I've been so blessed. To play here. The majority of my view -- -- as I -- from the greatest NBA fans. In the lead for sure that's not even a question. You think you lose those great players. I'm going to be joining march 19. A minute you -- injury. You know I did have a dream to play in the NBA which I thought it was farfetched. But -- To be inducted into the hall of fame and now write my number retired. It's it's mind Marlins humbling. And it's it's a great honor and I think through the goals they Warriors. For making this happen. And for me it's really that night much like a hall of fame night this can give me an opportunity. To think so many people there were integral part of my career. And those -- always hope let's let. Let's go through some of the names of the of the list you're gonna join. And we'll do it in the order -- that they had their numbers and try top -- you played college basketball Saint Mary's still things around. The Bay Area gets his numbers retired back in 1960 step. Did you spend much time with the Russian always -- being called a great time here. Not a lot I met him on several occasions. I know we've played it's -- had a wonderful career. And again and I look forward to. He accepted into the lead grew. Nate -- when you arrived here Nate was obviously he is still -- his regal. This ever hit if you spent much time talking about the game with a great neither I have need to great to me. Disease when the top fifty players in NBA history. You mentioned earlier I think off here -- a guy on a nightly basis was a quadruple. Double threat and you know his -- of who's. He's a hall of Famer top fifty player but to me. He's one of the true. Class acts. And is great human beings I've been able to be associated with the had lunch with him and -- I was not too long ago and just to be able to spend time with them. Of course this is the stories. They got a great sense of humor. But you talk about just people you wanna emulate. On how to conduct yourself. On a daily basis how to treat people. That's terrific to determine. Number 24 is up there for the greatest Golden State -- of them all if you don't believe me just ask him he'll Zelaya. They're great record -- that your game was most similar to Barry's at any of the guys out there when you're young guy growing up idolizing Walt Frazier Earl Monroe and -- don't have the check to Q did you idolize Rick Barry's still sense since I was twelve years old. I've been hearing about retiring her indirect stories my college coach from -- -- coach Rick with the ABA nets when he was in New York Knicks. And I would attend the -- like his basketball camp every summer. You always speak about -- error. His great work ethic. He's the greatest player he ever -- was Rick Barry. And a lot of times the message you descendants of the campers were. And I remember this is thankfully. Ribery and never had two bad games in the world if he went out and had an off shooting night. Guarantee that next night watch out because. Not quite the -- he was gonna get in the gym. And fix corrected shot find out what was going wrong with his game in Texas and US US I'll I'll stay Thurman. Anyway it's -- associate with the NBA. One do truly greatest players in any era at any position that. Without question the greatest Golden State Warriors of all time but the greatest warrior. Of all time with the great Wilt Chamberlain you were in Philadelphia recently for the Warriors Sixers game on the fiftieth anniversary of wilt scoring. A hundred what what did you learn about Wilt Chamberlain that actress. I mean you think about it but it's mind boggling. That his guys are a bunch of points in the game. It's been enough time without milestones I've -- over the last thirty years asking a lot of questions about will. Frank McGuire. Whose coach of that game. Remember coach gonna -- they were good friends and when frank McGuire got the job. There was some talk that rule was unhappy with his role with the previous. -- So frankly wires and what will. I'm in the short play it. He's -- that would come out. You -- hit forty minutes I think the previous coach went to make moves in all around player but when you played up at the elbow. But if you passes. So franks -- will -- when -- player. Only in post. You've got a problem solve some will be. Played every minute of every game. And that night he was actually because we had out on the broadcast he was asking to come out. And frank McGuire came back act like you -- here. But so -- -- the other thing. Again talk with now and you've ever played with or against him. What -- gentle giant to the great guards on got to be around. That night after he scored a hundred. -- -- -- -- -- With members divisions in the car he lived in New York yes he did he commuted didn't get a club in New York he's he's back to Philadelphia. That year also both he averaged fifteen points. And 25 rebounds. For the season. And didn't get MVP yet. He finished second to Bill Russell and hear what he had -- here. The one guy that we've not talked about you've already mentioned but I think three times and Chris mentioned him during his hall of fame. Induction speech referred -- as the wonderful. -- annals. What does he meant to you because I know we told you can't -- when you were drafted here we're gonna watch over this guy and he still watching -- me. Yeah our -- to me. He's -- this franchise for a you know you mentioned wilt and Rick and eight -- three greatest players in Warriors history. Which you talk about. Winning a championship coaching plain. GM. Consultant. It's our -- -- -- he is the Warriors franchise. And -- the way he conducts himself. Behind the scenes. With humility. And dignity. He's he's up there with the biggest influences -- -- what. And how I was when I was drafted he was the GM. And -- remember him watching but he was out a lot of my games especially out dividends. And I remember when when I was drafted on draft night I spoke to our on the phone. And he just he said just that we're gonna execute carrier. Not. And he promises -- fanfare that's all he said. And that's -- he's ever done. If you were 3000 miles away from home another Bay Area as your home so coming up but marks the nineteenth you'll join -- -- fourteen -- sixteen Thurmond's 42. -- -- -- -- Your number seventy eagle Hank from the rafters here forever so why why seventeen. Because of John have to check that the guys you grew up when you work twenty insane shots that you chose seventy because on them. I did my high school coach Jack believes it was a huge Boston Celtic fair and I was probably the time over the but we used to watch vote. And he would always tell me to watch -- average. Watched the way he moved around the basket wrong constant. Motion. Unselfish. The style of play he -- the way the Celtics played we played a fast paced game. But it was more with a pass that put the ball movement body movement. So when I came again when it came to the Warriors to every single 120. I had contract holdouts I got here late anyway I wasn't in the mood to be asking people to me favors. That was in that position so I just you know it was someone I always. Looked up so I got to -- John have a check in 1984. We're pleased with the US Olympic team and it in Los Angeles Bobby Knight was a coach they were teammates. And John was hanging around. Hang around the team. And one night he took me to dinner. You just wired to be out how to stay around the arena for something and it's and he gave you right back to the hotel -- stuff at dinner. And again when you meet some that you idolize. And sit down have a meal. And he Miami of mountain. So humbled. Would only -- we talked about basketball. And even after that and I. I became. A big John how -- -- fair for for different reasons. Yes that's that's seventeen was it was all about on average and you -- broadly for those of you too young to remember the. -- Condo he was like -- were not stop perpetual motion without the ball is where he was the most dangerous. What you were in your career if any of these young. People in the stands have not seen him play they should dig up some innings. Do you -- Are gonna have to check I don't I don't know Rondo. Hot dogs Jericho on how to play the game time you'll you'll mention the greatness of the warrior fans and I wanna go to a day January the 29 to nineteen. -- remember that day you came out of alcohol rehab and LA. Think Chris I don't know how many were there that -- -- Chris did not start that game became an off the bench in the crowd gave you the most genuine. Warm ovation as you -- The game that night did that make you feel that you had to be thinking you know those weeks you -- in rehab. How they can accept it back -- got to go back and play to be received back like that right away had to be something special. It was very special. But the one thing I wasn't doing. You know I was probably. Away from the team for 3540 days. And I really hadn't been thinking about that are really had been -- -- should it but I remember distinctly. Was our bench has to be down that meant. And just as I got called to go in the game then I started -- -- about how this I was going to be received. And there was a lot of different thoughts racing through my head. And when I received an ovation kind of gave me. It does give me great feeling but when I was trying to do I was figure in my life -- Even a different lifestyle. Deal with a lot of different emotions. Away from the court you know away from the NBA I was -- and -- my -- up to step into this arena. And get that ovation really really. Just give me -- -- -- -- I was trying to do it reinforcing positive reinforcement of what I was trying to do that was excessive yeah. And then the people here. And that that's where I have such a unique bond I feel with the fans here because. My my story in my in my career. Didn't get off to a great start. And we kind of went through some things together. And it turned out really good and not to appreciate it together we ship both sides together. And when you came out of rehab you were completely. Different looking guy first of all the boys from Flatbush avenue and flat out. You shake up your career and your game Chris I had our staff -- -- sports that they are you look up some numbers. The first 98 games that year NBA career you -- a good player the averaged fifteen and a half points a game. But the next 98 games after he came out of -- have you became a gleeful. Weapon in this league average 24 points a game he learned to shoot the three -- -- assist totals went up your rebound totals. Went up you became the player were all saluting you now the great Chris Mullen talked about the transformation it. Your mind your body your spirit everything -- to go from the first 98 games to those next ninety. Well I think. You know looking back through there was something holding me back. You know basketball's always a game I love I would do it anytime anyplace. And we all anybody no matter who you -- out no matter what profession -- probably -- it was -- to deal with some type it's using your life. The first you have to do. Is -- -- what it is with you know and and I was going through and at that time in my life. I was looking everywhere but myself. You know it's the hardest thing to do loses. To claim your own problem. And deal with it gets a little tougher when it's in the public. But. You know we -- with the right support. Around me I was able to really just kind of slowed down. And kind of fuel my -- to myself down -- the phone you know -- look. Make some changes that I didn't have. Huge aspirations really about where my career ago I knew I was unhappy. I was -- myself. So this was really to be when when I decide to go to to rehab. It was something once investigate. It which is this going to be the solution. And lo and behold I found a hole -- -- album from my home of level of energy. And I got my passion and was really. -- -- deal with myself with my own emotions. And let him out. And the biggest thing it is to be honest. You know. And that was at the time it's something you go through but as you mentioned. That and I walked on this court. You know just give you sense you know I'm back. I've got a chance you know whole goal and chance or two biggest things you -- And you make the most of it to be sure somewhat coincidentally the first day he was -- read that Don Nelson traded Joseph Barry Carroll. And sleepy Floyd of the Houston Rockets to get Ralph Sampson Steve Harris and the whole thing changed because the next year they drafted Mitch Richmond the year after that. They drafted Tim Hardaway and then they were run TMC. When we continue our conversation with this -- -- get into the but glory years not just in -- match but. Knew me. And Rooney. The good old days when Chris Paul and our conversation evolving from ORACLE Arena continues. -- chronicle live presented by farmers that your.