The Warriors honored former star Chris Mullin at halftime of Monday’s game by retiring the Hall of Famer’s No. 17 jersey during a halftime ceremony filled with cheers for the former players present and boos for current team owner Joe Lacob.
Mullin was central in the “Run TMC” days in Oakland while playing alongside Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway in the late 1980s and early ’90s, when coach Don Nelson let the three run wild, scoring at a frantic pace.
Mullin said before Monday’s game that his fondest memories of his playing days are of the people around him.
“To me, it just brings back all wonderful memories,” said Mullin, who joined Alvin Attles, Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Tom Meschery and Nate Thurmond as Warriors players with their
number retired. “Although we never achieved the ultimate, winning a championship, I wouldn’t trade in the people in this room that I was blessed to be surrounded by.”
He credited his success to arriving in the league at the right time in a situation where his talents could shine brightest.
“This was the most fun playing basketball in my whole life,” he said. “And Nellie was an instrumental part of that. He let run TMC run and gun. That’s what he let us do. ... Chemistry is important to figure out. What Tim had, I didn’t have. What Mitch could do, I couldn’t do. Together, Nellie figured out how to mix and match that thing.”
Mullin scored 18.2 points per game during his career, and later served as general manager for the Warriors.
The crowd booed Lacob loudly when he stood up to speak about Mullin during the halftime ceremony. Both Mullin and former Warrior Rick Barry stood up to defend him as some in the crowd chanted “We want Monta!” in reference to Monta Ellis being traded from Golden State last week.