Wide praise for Mullin as H.O.F. comes calling


Wide praise for Mullin as H.O.F. comes calling

Aug. 11, 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. During the course of his brilliant high school, college and 16-year NBA career, Mullin impressed a lot of people along the way.Here's some of what was said about Mullin over the years:"He plays the game the way I like to see it played. He has good statistics, but they could be much better if he didn't play such an all-around team game. That's what it's all about on the basketball court or in the home." --the late John Wooden, UCLA coach and Hall of Fame inductee as a player (1960) and coach (1970).

"You can't describe him. He scores 30 points a night and you wonder how. I know I'm playing good defense and he's still scoring. People don't want to give him credit because he doesn't have great speed, but he has enough ability to get open." --Dennis Rodman, 10-time member of NBA All-Defensive Team and also a member of the 2011 Hall of Fame class."When God made basketball and said 'OK, I'm going to make a basketball player,' he just carved Chris Mullin out and said 'This is a player.' And he is. I really respect Chris so much. He's in that class. The class of guys who get my respect is hard to get into. I'm talking about guys -- well, I hate playing against them. He's just a great basketball player." --Magic Johnson, 2002 Hall of Fame inductee."He has such great hands in all phases of the game -- shooting, dribbling, passing. I don't know if savvy is the right word. It's just his presence. I really don't think anybody else is as comfortable on the basketball court." --John Stockton, 2009."If we didn't give him the key, he would have snuck in (to the gym)." -- Lou Carnesecca, Mullin's coach at St. John's and 1992 Hall of Fame inductee."It was hilarious. Chris was the only white guy on the team, and we'd be going out against the best competition in the United States, and Chris would be going out there getting his 35 points, winning all the MVP trophies. Ten brothers and Chris, going all over the place and it worked out great. He's a special player --Mario Elie, teammate at Power Memorial High School and the Warriors."People talk about hard work and dedication, but they don't really understand. Chris works like nobody works. He is dedicated like no one is dedicated. And now he's become a once-in-a-lifetime player. I think he's a lefty Larry Bird. You know, people have their Oscar's (Robertson) and Bill Bradley's and now St. John's has Chris Mullin. I don't expect we'll ever have another one like him." --Brian Mahoney, former St. John's assistant coach."Chris has a reason to throw his chest out but he doesn't. I really respect him for that. We talk and laugh. Sometimes he can't understand me, but he never shows that he's above me. I like that --former teammate Sarunas Marciulionis."The rap against Mullin is that he's too slow. If that's true, isn't it funny how nobody can guard him, that he can get off a shot -- whether from the outside or the post area, against any defender. When he misses an open shot, it's cause for surprise. If I had to pick one guy to attempt the last shot with the game on the line, Mullin would be my choice." -- Doug Collins, former player and current coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and 2009 Hall of Fame inductee.

Jazz hold off Clippers in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead

Jazz hold off Clippers in Game 5, take 3-2 series lead


LOS ANGELES -- Gordon Hayward scored 27 points, Utah controlled the paint, and the Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 96-92 on Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.

Hayward returned after missing most of Utah's win in Game 4 because of food poisoning that caused him to lose weight and energy.

Chris Paul's 3-pointer drew the Clippers within two with 5 seconds left. After George Hill hit two free throws, Paul struggled getting the ball under control near the sideline and couldn't do anything as time expired.

The Jazz made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, including three by Rodney Hood, who finished with 16 points.

Paul led the Clippers with 28 points and J.J. Redick added 26 with injured star Blake Griffin watching from the bench, his right foot encased in a black walking boot.

The Jazz can clinch the series with a victory in Game 6 on Friday night in Salt Lake City.

The Clippers rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth to tie the game. They made 12 of 15 free throws in the final period, but never managed to take the lead.

Paul and Hayward were called for double technical fouls with 40 seconds to go. Paul had already pushed Hayward in the back after they got tied up scrambling for a rebound in front of Utah's bench. Hayward made both shots for a 90-85 lead.

Joe Johnson's step back jumper extended Utah's lead to 92-87.

Neither team shot well, but the Jazz were better at most everything else. They owned a 34-28 edge in the paint, and the team that has done so has won each of the first five games in the best-of-7 series.

Utah outscored the Clippers on second-chance and fast-break baskets.

Utah took the game's first double-digit lead early in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Hood that made it 69-58.

The Clippers clawed back with an 11-0 run featuring five straight free throws by Redick and two consecutive 3-pointers from Paul that tied the game at 69-all.

Suddenly, the quiet crowd was on its feet cheering and Utah called time out.

The Jazz regrouped to take a 77-69 lead. They ran off eight straight, capped by Haywood's 3-pointer after the Clippers' defense shut down Hill inside and forced him to pass out to the perimeter with the shot clock winding down.

Jazz: Neither team has won by more than eight points so far in the series.

Clippers: Griffin's injured big right toe needs further evaluation before it's decided whether he'll require surgery. ... G Austin Rivers played 17 minutes in his return from a strained left hamstring. He was 0 of 4 and had two points. ... They fell to 1-11 all-time in Game 5 of a playoff series that was tied 2-2.


Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Blazers GM: Former Warriors big man will not play for Portland next year

Festus Ezeli will not be back with the Blazers next season, Portland GM Neil Olshey said on Tuesday.

Last summer -- after the Warriors let Ezeli walk in free agency following the addition of Kevin Durant -- he signed a 2-year contract worth just over $15 million.

But Year 2 was essentially a club option with a $1 million buyout.

A knee injury prevented Ezeli from ever suiting up for the Blazers this season.

He underwent cadaver ligament replacement surgery in early March.

The Warriors drafted Ezeli 30th overall in 2012.

Over 46 games (13 starts) with Golden State in 2015-16, he averaged 7.0 points and 5.6 rebounds over 16.7 minutes per contest.