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


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.

Warriors guard Livingston begins turnaround after shooting dry spell

Warriors guard Livingston begins turnaround after shooting dry spell

OAKLAND -- Amid the recovery mission that followed the absence of Kevin Durant, as every Warrior eventually pitched in, Shaun Livingston stood virtually alone as someone who wasn’t doing his part.

The Warriors, and Livingston, would like to believe that is about to change.

When Livingston made 3-of-4 shots in a 112-87 rout of the Mavericks on Tuesday night, it was the first time he shot higher than 50 percent on multiple shots since Feb. 28, the day Durant went down with a knee injury.

“You go through slumps,” Livingston said after practice Thursday. “Fortunately for me, I’ve played long enough to know. You keep shooting. Keep pushing forward, good things will happen.”

As the Warriors lost that game at Washington, and four of the next six, Livingston’s usually reliable midrange game disappeared. In the first 10 full games since Durant was sidelined, Livingston shot 18.8 percent (6-of-32).

So his teammates did the heavy lifting. Andre Iguodala excelled as the steady vet. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green dipped and then came hard. Stephen Curry climbed out of his rut and started dancing again. The big men -- Zaza Pachulia, JaVale McGee and David West -- were titanic. Pat McCaw, Ian Clark, Matt Barnes and James Michael McAdoo filled in the gaps.

They had to, because Livingston the most reliable shooter on the team was nowhere to be found.

“We all want to play the best that we can,” Livingston said. “But the reality is it doesn’t work that way all the time.”

On Tuesday, for the first time this month, Livingston looked like himself. He was the guy who shot 55.6 percent in October, 54.4 percent in November, 57.6 percent in December, 58.9 percent in January and 54.1 percent in February.

“It was good for Shaun to see the ball go in the rim,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s had such a great year shooting the ball, and then the last couple weeks he hit a dry spell. Which is going to happen to everybody.”

The “dry spell” was shocking, because it was Livingston. He’s in the final weeks of his third season with the Warriors, and throughout that time there was only one month in which he shot less that 49 percent (47.5 in March 2015). Signed in July 2014 to be the team’s No. 3 guard and primary backup to Curry, Livingston is shooting 51.9 percent in his Warriors career.

The Warriors would like to think he’s ready, once again, to do his part.

“Last game was good for him, just to make a few and see the ball go in,” Kerr said. “I’m confident he’ll get it going.”

Warriors forward Matt Barnes 'trying to kill' the Kings

Warriors forward Matt Barnes 'trying to kill' the Kings

The Kings waived Matt Barnes during the All-Star break.

Less than two weeks later, he signed with the Warriors.

On Friday, Barnes will square off against Sacramento at Oracle Arena.

"I'm trying to kill 'em," he told the San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau on Thursday. "Simple."

In 54 games (13 starts) with the Kings this season, Barnes averaged 7.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting just under 33 percent from deep.

His final game in a Sacramento uniform came against the Warriors on Feb. 15. He registered 15 points and 14 rebounds.

"Things didn't go well there," Barnes added. "They're the enemy now."