Tag:Chris Mullin
Posted on: September 3, 2011 5:45 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2011 5:49 pm

Report: Blazers begin GM interviews

Posted by Ben Golliverlarry-miller

It has been more than 100 days since the Portland Trail Blazers fired general manager Rich Cho in the weeks leading up to the 2011 NBA Draft. And, finally, it appears the Blazers are moving towards finding a full-time GM.

Yahoo Sports reports that Blazers president Larry Miller has begun assembling a list of candidates and interviewing them.
The Portland Trail Blazers have started the interview process for their vacant general manager’s job, meeting with Oklahoma City Thunder executive Troy Weaver in Portland on Thursday, NBA front-office sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Portland has also received permission to interview Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Lindsey has spoken to Blazers officials by phone, but no formal face-to-face has yet been scheduled, a source said.

Blazers president Larry Miller has expressed a strong interest in former Golden State Warriors GM Chris Mullin, sources said. Mullin’s expected to talk with the Blazers too, sources said.

Cho's firing came less than one year after he was hired to replace former GM Kevin Pritchard and saw Portland's director of college scouting, Chad Buchanan, installed as the team's Acting GM. In August, Portland made the decision that Buchanan would not be given the job permanently, but the organization has dragged its feet during the process because of the ongoing lockout.

Cho has been hired by the Charlotte Bobcats to serve as GM while Pritchard was picked up by the Indiana Pacers to serve as the team's director of player personnel.

The Blazers still have Cho's hand-picked assistant GMs under contract -- Bill Branch and Steve Rosenberry -- and also retain Buchanan and director of pro scouting Mike Born in their basketball operations department, who report to Miller who in turn reports to owner Paul Allen. The staff's glaring weakness is a lack of salary cap and collective bargaining agreement expertise, as Cho filled those roles and the team's previous cap expert, vice president of basketball operations Tom Penn, was abruptly fired in 2010 and now works as a television analyst.

Candidates will likely approach the Portland job warily given Allen's erratic behavior recently. The roster is a mixed bag, with a potential perennial All-Star in LaMarcus Aldridge but also a burdensome contract in Brandon Roy and a giant enigman named Greg Oden. The team has qualified for the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, though, and has a solid coach in Nate McMillan locked into a multi-year extension. Internal expectations are always sky-high thanks to the demanding Allen, but he has shown a financial commitment to winning in recent years, giving a contract extension to center Marcus Camby, trading for Gerald Wallace and the remaining dollars on his contract, extending a qualifying offer to Greg Oden and bestowing lucrative extensions on both Aldridge and Roy.

Pointing Allen's pocketbook in the right direction -- while staying on his good side -- will be the name of this game.
Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:36 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 4:08 pm

The NBA is in a lockout.. but coming to Bangkok

By Matt Moore

Update (3:02 p.m.): A representative for the NBA notified CBSSports.com today that the NBA will "not lose money on this." The rep further clarififed that the event is sponsored by various entities including Singha Drinking Water, so apparently everything's paid for. Good work if you can get it. The league isn't spending anything extra on the event, it's just a "grassroots" event, according to the NBA. 

Original report:  The NBA has let go of 114 employees in the past month. Teams are hemmoraghing employees. There's a lockout in place to try and choke the will out of the players to force them to agree to roll back salaries. All of this because the NBA insists its costs are too high, that its teams are losing money and the league itself needed to trim the fat. 

But that's not stopping it from teaming with other companies to promote itself overseas.  From the Bangkok Post:
The National Basketball Association will host its first-ever event in Thailand with the NBA 3-on-3 Thailand 2011 presented by Singha Drinking Water, the league announced yesterday.

Featuring Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, the NBA 3-on-3 Thailand 2011 will take place in Bangkok at CentralWorld on Sept 10 and 11.

The competition, which will provide youth with an opportunity to hone their basketball skills and compete amongst their peers, is open to 11-19-year-old boys and girls and also features a division for adult men.
via Bangkok Post : NBA to host first event in Thailand.

It's kind of weird that the NBA is hosting this event in a lockout. One would think that all the resources in the league are focused on resolving the conflict, or at least putting all events like this on hold. 

But hey, it's great for the kids in Bangkok. It'll bring a special moment for kids that don't often get to see people like Mullins or... the Grizzlies mascot. It's a feel-good project. The timing just seems a bit odd, what with the basketball league promoting a basketball event without its basketball players because it doesn't have a basketball league at the moment.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 5:11 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2010 5:12 pm

Chris Mullin would be Walsh's pick for GM

Posted by Royce Young

Knicks' president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh knows who he'd pick to run the front office. It's no secret. In fact, Walsh couldn't have been more clear.

He wants former Warriors general manager Chris Mullin.

"If I could hire anybody Chris would be the guy," Walsh told the New York Daily News. "That's who I want."

An interesting admission by Walsh mainly because there's been no indication the job is actually open. Allan Houston was rumored to be next in line for that position a few months ago, but Walsh made his pick pretty obvious. So maybe that means that Walsh won't have a major say in the next GM of the Knicks. But I'm aimlessly speculating on that.

One interesting thing to note is the connection Mullin already has with a couple Knicks players. By sheer coincidence, the Knicks have Anthony Randolph, Kalenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf all on the roster, all three former Warriors.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that Walsh has already tried to hire Mullin, but failed to get approval from Knicks' owner James Dolan. So instead, Walsh settled with hiring Isiah Thomas as a part-time consultant before the NBA said that was a no-go.

So of course, that makes you wonder what Dolan's issue is with Mullin. Is Dolan holding out for a second tenure with Isiah? Does Dolan have some problem with Mullin? What the heck is wrong with James Dolan? These are the questions you find yourself asking when you're a Knicks fan. Especially that last one.

Mullin is a native of Queens and played at St. John's in New York. He was a pretty successful GM in Golden State, constructing the last playoff roster the Warriors had in 2007 that famously upset No. 1 Dallas in the opening round of the postseason. He wasn't fired, but in 2009, the Warriors didn't renew his contract. Currently, he's doing stuff for the NBA Cares program.
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