Naismith Hall of Famer Chris Mullin introduced as Sacramento Kings adviser.
SACRAMENTO, CA - The Sacramento Kings formally introduced Naismith Hall of Famer Chris Mullin as the adviser to the chairman and majority owner Vivek Ranadive on Tuesday.
The 50-year-old Mullin was flanked by Ranadive and D'Alessandro inside the Kings practice facility during a press conference. His role will have hime assist in all areas of the team - including the business side and the new arena.
"This is a privlidge and an exciting time for me," said Mullin, who has been assisting the Kings since the very beginning without a defined role. "For me, it was an easy decision to join (the Kings).
"The Kings will be the model franchise moving forward in the NBA."
Mullin was present with the Kings during the NBA Draft, celebrating in the team's war-room when they selected Ben McLemore with the seventh selection. He also accompanied the team to Las Vegas to observe the Summer League team. He's also given input on members of the coaching and training staff.
The delay in giving Mullin an official position was due in large part to creating a position for him, and allow him the necessary time to take care of some personal matters before coming on board.
"Chris has been helping me throughout this process and I was finally able to twist his arm and convince him to become a full-fledged member of this organization," said Ranadive, who referred to Mullin as a legend.
Despite any prolonging of his hiring, Mullin, who resides in Danville, insists Sacramento is where he's wanted to be all along. He joked that his commute to Sacramento is about an hour and quicker than driving to Oakland because of the Bay Area traffic.
A member of the Golden State Warriors, where he was selected seventh by the team in 1985, Mullin is a five-time All-Star, made the All-NBA First Team in 1992 and won Olympic Gold with Team USA in 1984 and 1992. He also played for the Indiana Pacers for three seasons, before returning the Warriors for one final season in 2000-01.
Mullin was the general manager for Golden State from 2004-09, where D'Alessandro served as his assistant. He leaves behind an analyst position with ESPN where he's worked for the last three seasons.
By Sean Cunningham, SCunningham@News10.net