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.

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

Draymond fully appreciates 'witnessing greatness' of Warriors-Cavs trilogy

OAKLAND -- The hoops historian Draymond Green has a message for those with short memories and cynical outlooks.

The NBA is never better than when The Finals have legendary potential, as is the case with the Warriors and Cavaliers, who next week become the first teams to meet three consecutive seasons to determine a champion.

“It’s a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief,” Green said Friday after Warriors practice.

Warriors-Cavs Part III is, in fact, a fantastic boon for the league. Interest will peak. Ratings will soar. Storylines will cascade down every mountain, knoll and molehill.

“Right now, you’re witnessing greatness -- two great teams, great players,” Green said. “That’s what it is. It probably won’t be appreciated until it’s over. Say we meet again next year? It still won’t be appreciated -- until we don’t meet again and you realize what you had.”

What fans have is history made, with more in the making.

The Warriors enter The Finals after an unprecedented 12-0 start to the playoffs, becoming the first team to complete three four-game sweeps in a single postseason.

Another sweep, and it’s not inconceivable, would make these Warriors the first team in NBA history with a perfect postseason -- give them the distinction of having the best postseason in American sports history.

The Cavaliers enter The Finals after a 12-1 start and, moreover, with the reheated debate over whether LeBron James has a body of work that equals or surpasses that of Michael Jordan. James is one game removed from surpassing Jordan to become No. 1 on the all-time list for playoff scoring and will make his seventh consecutive appearance in The Finals, something Jordan never did.

Though a Cleveland victory would bolster any argument in James’ favor, a Cleveland loss might be enough to close the case in Jordan’s favor insofar as his Bulls reached six NBA Finals and won them all.

Warriors-Cavaliers has the potential to go beyond what most believe to be the most epic of postseason rivals, that being the Magic Johnson and the Lakers versus Larry Bird and the Celtics. They met only three times (1984, ’85 and ’87) but the NBA went a full 10 seasons with one team or the other in The Finals.

Being a student of the game, Green quite likely knows that -- as well as having a complete understanding of the possibilities ahead.

Even if he suspects others may not.

“But you usually don’t appreciate something until you don’t have it any more,” he said. “Maybe there’s just a lack of appreciation for greatness. When you look at the situation, most people have never reached greatness. So, maybe there’s just not an understanding of what you’re watching.

“I appreciate it. I’m happy we’ve been able to steam-roll people, and I love the fact that they’ve been able to steam-roll people. I just love great things. And I think right now we’ve found two great teams.”

Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

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Ayesha Curry shows off rap skills with Steph and E-40 on stage

Steph Curry has earned the nickname "Chef Curry" but his wife Ayesha is the real cook of the family.

Ayesha has paved her own path as a successful cook and was brought to BottleRock in Napa for a demonstration. As Steph and rapper E-40 joined her on stage, Ayesha took one of out of E-40's book and did her own remix of Drake's "Energy." 

In this version, Ayesha rapped about what she knows best -- recipes. 

All hyped up, Ayesha dropped the mic to the delight of Steph and E-40 himself.