Mullin elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

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Mullin elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

April 4, 2011

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Matt Steinmetz
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Chris Mullin, one of the greatest players in Warriors franchise history, was elected into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame on Monday.

Mullin was a five-time NBA All-Star, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and one of the most revered players to come out of the New York metropolitan area. Mullin was one of 12 finalists in the 2011 class.

This is the culmination of everything for me, Mullin said by telephone from Houston, site of this years Final Four. From Coach (Lou) Carnesecca at St. Johns, to the Warriors and Al Attles and Nate Thurmond. I looked up to those guys and I saw the way they conducted themselves and I tried to emulate that.

Also entering with Mullin are Tex Winter, Artis Gilmore, Dennis Rodman, Stanford womens coach Tara VanDerveer, Herb Magee, Arvydas Sabonis, Teresa Edwards, Reece Goose Tatum and Tom Satch Sanders.

They will be inducted in Springfield, Mass., in August. Alvin Attles, who has spent more than 50 seasons in the Warriors organization, was not one of the 12 voted in.

Mullin said no question that Carnesecca will be the one presenting Mullin with the Hall of Fame honor in August.

Mitch Richmond, Rod (Higgins) Timmy (Hardaway) those guys made me look good, Mullin said. And the fans they embraced me. I got off to a rough start at the beginning of my career and whether it was on or off the court they still embraced me.

The biggest statement is I still live in the Bay Area. Im a New York guy, but I love the Bay Area. I raised my family there, still live there, still love it there and that says it all.

Mullin ranks atop many of the Warriors career-leaders list, including scoring (fifth), steals (first), games played (first), assists (fourth), blocked shots (seventh), minutes played (second) and free throw percentage (second).

After retiring as a player, Mullin became the general manager of the Warriors and guided them to their only playoff appearance in the past 17 seasons in 2006-07, the year Golden State upset the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

Mullin is also one of the greatest players in the history of St. Johns University, helping lead the Redmen at the time to the 1985 Final Four. Mullin was a three-time Big East Player of the Year and won the prestigious Wooden Award his senior season.

Report: Warriors could pursue PG Calderon if bought out by Lakers

Report: Warriors could pursue PG Calderon if bought out by Lakers

While the Warriors appear to like D-League call-up Briante Weber, they could have a chance to add a veteran point guard to that final roster spot.

Weber's second 10-day contract expires after Saturday night's game against the Nets. If the Warriors chose not to sign him for the remainder of the season, they could pursue veteran point guard Jose Calderon.

Calderon, currently under contract with the Lakers, will reportedly be bought out of his deal in the next few days, according to ESPN.

If Calderon hits the open market next week, the Warriors and Rockets could be among the suitors for his services, according to the report.

The 35-year-old veteran is averaging 3.3 points and 2.1 assists in 12.2 minutes over 24 games this season for Luke Walton and the Lakers.

 

McGee expresses appreciation for support from teammates in Shaq feud

McGee expresses appreciation for support from teammates in Shaq feud

OAKLAND -- Though JaVale McGee avoided direct discussion of his feud with retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, the Warriors center expressed his appreciation for coaches and teammates coming to his defense.

“My teammates are my brothers, and (coach) Steve Kerr is also,” McGee said after shootaround Saturday morning. “It’s a great organization and I appreciate everything they do for me. That’s why I go out there and work as hard as I can when I’m on the floor. And I know everyone sees that. They see me running up and down the floor, working as hard as I can, and in the gym every day. I’m just doing my thing and trying to be a positive person.”

O’Neal’s constant ridicule of McGee reached a low point Thursday night, when the TNT analyst unveiled a video that showed various gaffes and slights to McGee’s intellect. McGee, who has held his tongue for years despite being targeted, fired back on Twitter.

Both men exchanged several insults and it reached a point Friday where by Kevin Durant and Kerr felt compelled to defend McGee.

Kerr even acknowledged that he harbored a few preconceived notions about McGee, based on O’Neal’s yearslong derision of the 7-footer. Those notions, Kerr said, turned out to be false.

McGee said he enjoys it when people take the time to engage him in conversation and come away realizing he is not a dolt, despite O’Neal frequently implying otherwise.

“I love it when people meet me,” McGee said, “and then they’re like, ‘Oh, you’re actually smart.’ It’s kind of rude, but I’ll take it.”

One of McGee’s teammates knows a thing or two about false impressions. Even after a strong collegiate career, Draymond Green had to overcome doubts that he was worthy of being in the NBA.

So it is no surprise that, to some degree, he understands how McGee feels.

“He’s standing up for himself,” Green said. “A lot has transpired over the course of the past four years with it. And he was just at a boiling point.”