April 4, 2011
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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.