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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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.

Report: Derrick Rose 'has committed to sign' with Cavs


Report: Derrick Rose 'has committed to sign' with Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be adding a former MVP to the roster.

Free agent point guard Derrick Rose has "committed to sign" with the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, according to The Vertical.

The pact is expected to be a one-year, $2.1 million deal, according to ESPN.

In one season with the Knicks, Rose appeared in 64 games. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes.

News of Rose joining the Cavs comes as trade winds swirl around starting point guard Kyrie Irving.

Drafted No. 1 overall in 2008, Rose spent the first eight years of his career with the Bulls and won the 2010-11 NBA MVP.

Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'


Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'

When Adam Silver speaks, you listen (or in this case, you read what he said).

The NBA Commissioner joined The Rich Eisen Show on Monday morning and was asked the following question:

"Are you ecstatic of all this news, all the drama that's being played out in all these rosters in free agency?"

Silver's answer was kind of surprising.

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"I love the interest. I'm not ecstatic about the drama," Silver began. "I feel bad for whatever is going on in Cleveland, and I have no first-hand information.

"But I assume where there's smoke, there's fire. Brian Windhorst has sort of been cataloguing LeBron's career for a long time, and he usually has very accurate insights from that team."

Last Friday, Windhorst broke the news that Kyrie Irving requested a trade.

LeBron James was reportedly "blindsided and disappointed."

"It's upsetting to hear that, when you see superstar players who have co-existed -- who had so much success together, obviously three Finals in a row, one championship -- to hear that for whatever reason, there's a sense that they can't continue to co-exist," Silver added. "Yeah, that's drama, but it's not necessarily the kind of drama that the league wants."

The Cavs selected LeBron with the No.1 overall pick in 2003.

The Cavs selected Kyrie with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.

LeBron can become a free agent next summer, while Kyrie can hit the open market in July 2019.

Will the Cavs give in to Kyrie's request? Stay tuned...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller