Steinmetz: Chris Mullin's all-time list


Steinmetz: Chris Mullin's all-time list

Aug. 10, 2011


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Matt Steinmetz

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 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."

David West is coming up big for the Warriors

David West is coming up big for the Warriors

OAKLAND -- David West is as much a cleanup man as he is a basketball player.

The veteran power forward, masquerading as a center for the Warriors, cleans up behind teammates, cleans the clocks of opponents and probably cleans his plate after every meal. And he’d hit fourth in any manager’s batting order.

The Warriors during their renaissance haven’t had such a personality. They’ve been a fun bunch, enjoying life, each other and their pillaging of the NBA.

West, 36, brings a more laconic dynamic, and it’s on full display as the Warriors lean into the final weeks of this regular season. He’s a leader who is producing and, more and more, winning over a fan base that was somewhat skeptical early this season.

“David West has been playing brilliantly,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Friday night, after West came off the bench for a highly efficient 14-minute stint in a 114-100 win over the Kings.

Showcasing sharp passing, splendid shooting, solid rim protection and his usual old-jerky toughness, West totaled 8 points, four assists, three rebounds, three blocks and one steal. The Warriors were plus-8 when he was on the floor.

Such production, it seems, is a bit of a bonus.

“He’s been very good for us as a veteran leader,” Draymond Green said. “He’s been playing well, but just his presence also has meant a lot to this team.

“D-West is just kind of a no-bull---- type of a guy. He doesn’t say much. But when he does, you know it means a lot. And everybody hears him.”

Said West: “It’s just about adjusting and learning personalities. Obviously, this group has been very successful. I just try to add my 2 cents where I feel like it fits. Try not to over-talk people. I speak to guys directly and just make sure that we’re all on the same page.”

West is in his 14th season. Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in 2003, he also has played for the Pacers and, last season, the Spurs, before joining the Warriors in July.

The question at the time was whether he still had a lot to give. West is a two-time All-Star and one of the most widely respected players in the league. But did he still have the legs to compete at a high level?

The answer is visible, particularly over the past month, since he returned from fractured left thumb on Feb. 23. West is shooting 53.0 percent from the field, he’s rebounding consistently and he has proven to be a spectacularly good passer -- easily one of the best in the league among big men.

Earlier this week, to quell any lingering concerns about how much athleticism he still has, West rose up and dunked over a crowd of three Dallas Mavericks. It was clock-cleaning at its finest.

“I’m just getting more comfortable,” West said, referring to his game and his locker-room influence. “We’ve developed good chemistry, communicating, harping on our defense more than anything else at this moment, because we feel that’s going to give us a chance if shots aren’t falling.”

West is on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, $1.55 million. He sacrificed bigger dollars for a chance at his first championship. He’s doing his part. And he neither takes nor leaves any mess.

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers

Warriors set franchise record, match 1985-86 Showtime Lakers


For the 44th time in the 2016-17 season, the Warriors dished out 30-plus assists in one game. Not only does that set a franchise record, Golden State is also the first to do so since one of the greatest teams in NBA history. 

On a Steph Curry heave down the court that resulted in an Andre Iguodala running reverse dunk with 38 seconds left in the third quarter, the Warriors made history with their 31st assist of the game. The nifty assist made the Warriors the first team since the 1985-86 Showtime Lakers to hand out more than 30 assists 44 times in one season.

Last season, when the Warriors set an NBA record record with 73 wins, the team finished 43 games with the feat.

The '85-86 Lakers were looking to repeat as NBA champions 31 years ago but came up short in five games to Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals. 

Golden State finsihed Friday night with 37 assists in a 114-100 win over the Kings. Curry led the way with 12 dimes.