Steinmetz: Chris Mullin's all-time list

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Steinmetz: Chris Mullin's all-time list

Aug. 10, 2011

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Former Warrior Chris Mullin will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday in Springfield, Mass. Mullin, who played 13 of 16 NBA seasons with the Golden State Warriors, sat down recently with writers to discuss his career.CSNBayarea.com asked him about some of the people and players he most remembers from his playing days:
BEST TEAMMATE: Mitch Richmond. "No doubt," said Mullin. "I still remember the day he came to my hotel room -- it was before a game -- and told me he'd been traded (by the Warriors to Sacramento). We were both -- like -- in shock."TOUGHEST DEFENDER: Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. "They could smother you," Mullin said. "Those two I didn't really play against them a lot playing here (in Golden State). In Indiana -- I wish I would have been a little younger, but those two were the toughest."BEST BIG MAN HE PLAYED WITH: Chris Webber. "(Indiana teammate Rik) Smits, I think, right? Well, Webber. But that was for one year, though. Bill Wennington was good but he got better as a pro. In college, he was more of a role player. I'd say Smits. But it was Webber, obviously, talent-wise. But that was just for one year."MOST UNDERRATED: Sarunas Marciulionis. "He wasn't underrated if you played against him. No disrespect to (Drazen) Petrovic and (Arvydas) Sabonis, but he was the first guy that I remember that not only came over and did well, but did very well. One year off the bench he played at all-star level, 18 or 19 points off the bench. "To me, when he came over it was like 'You don't have to come here and be a role player. You can have a huge influence on a team.' At that time we were good. We had me, Mitch and Tim (Hardaway) and he was right there. You talk about being hard on a guy. Nellie (Former Warriors coach Don Nelson) was hard on him. Thank god at the time he didn't understand any English.COACH: Lou Carnesecca. "People think I just knew him from St. John's and playing for him there. But I knew him when I was 12-years-old, going to his camps. He's way more than a coach to me."

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.