What was supposed to be a festive occasion for Basketball Hall Of Fame Member and former Golden State Warriors star Chris Mullin, his family as well as the team itself; was disrupted by boos and catcalls directed at Golden State co-owner Joe Lacob, as the Warriors attempted to honor Mullin by retiring his jersey during half-time of the team’s 97-93 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night at the Oracle Center. Although Mullin and other former Warriors players were greeted warmly by the Bay Area fans; each time Lacob touched the microphone the crowd attempted to shout him down according to a report from the “San Jose Mercury News” early Tuesday morning.
Mullin was showered with applause before speaking to the fans, as he reminisced about the beginning of his career in the Association. The former All-Star said “This is where it all started for me as a pro. came in as a young man. I made mistakes. I worked hard to redeem myself. And by the grace of God I am here today. I grew up right here in front of you. You, the Warrior fans, were a huge part of my success It’s my honor to join the greats of this franchise and to be surrounded by my teammates, my coach. Although we never achieved the ultimate in a championship, I wouldn’t trade it for the people in this room.”
The former Warriors star made the NBA All-Star game five times during his career and was named to the All-NBA Team four times. He played 13 seasons for the Warriors and with Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond formed “Run TMC” one of the most exciting eras in the history of the club.
When Lacob took the microphone from Mullin the crowd exploded, as some chanted “We want Monta” while others tried to keep the Warriors co-owner from speaking by booing as loud as they could. Fans of the team have been distraught since last Thursday when the Warriors sent Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for a package that eventually became Bucks center Andrew Bogut and former San Antonio Spurs forward Richard Jefferson.
Rick Barry who led the Warriors to their last Championship in the Association admonished the fans for their behavior and said that their actions were “classless.” Mullin put his arm around the clearly flustered Lacob and told the crowd “Everything will work out just fine. Take that passion and point it in the right direction.”
Golden State has had yet another disappointing season as the squad is 18-25 and has almost no shot of making the Post Season. Warriors fans frustrations are totally understandable; however they should have picked another night to voice all of their displeasure with management.