Mullin opens up on Chronicle Live -- tonight at 8:30 p.m.

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Mullin opens up on Chronicle Live -- tonight at 8:30 p.m.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: It's and all-Chris Mullin edition of Chronicle Live tonight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area with the Chris Mullin Town Hall Special airing at 8:30 p.m. Don't miss Mullin's hour-long interview with Greg Papa before the Warriors retire his number.

OAKLAND Warriors great Chris Mullin will have his No. 17retired by the Golden State Warriors on March 19 at Oracle Arena. That night,when the Warriors play the Timberwolves, Mullin will join five other playerswho have had their numbers retired by the franchise:Tom Meschery, Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Nate Thurmondand Alvin Attles.The ceremony will come eight months after Mullin wasenshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.
In a lead-up to the event, Mullin sat down with Greg Papafor a special hour-long Chronicle Live appearance, which will air Friday at 5p.m., on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.Mullin taped the interview at Oracle Arena at a Warriorsseason-ticketholders event, and he touched on a variety of subjects:On Warriors legend and ambassador Alvin Attles: "Al,to me is the face of this franchise forever. You talk about winning a championship, coaching, playing, GM, consultant, its Al Attles. He is theWarriors franchise. And the way he conducts himself behind the scenes withhumility and dignity, hes up there with the biggest influences of my life.On Larry Bird, whom he played with on the DreamTeam and then later for the Indiana Pacers: The Dream Team, itself,was an incredible experience Larry Bird was a guy I totally idolized growingup as well. In 79, I was in high school watching Magic (Johnson) and Larry. Tobe able to play with him, spend time with him away from the court. We had a coollittle game of HORSE on day in Barcelona. Memories of a lifetime.On former teammate Mitch Richmond: Mitchwalked into training camp, I remember distinctly, at the College of Alameda,and the first practice he was the best player on the court. He was physicallyready to play in the NBA, strong, could jump, had a jump shot, had a post game,made his free throws, played great defense. The first practice it looked likehed been with us for years.On Tim Hardaway: Again, much like Mitch,the first day he walked into the gym, he had total confidence, total control ofthe team. Tim Hardaway now we hear about Russell Westbrook, Derrick Rose,Chris Paul, all these great point guards we have. Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams,You can go on and on. That was Tim Hardaway. Thats who he was.On Don Nelson: We go back to 87-88. Overthe course of all those years weve got so many great memories Run TMC,Manute (Bol), Tom Tolbert, Sarunas (Marciulionis), all these different guys,Nellie had a big part in putting that team together. Im forever grateful forthat. As I sit here, that was the greatest time I had playing basketball and alot had to do with Don Nelson.

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.