Chris Mullin named an adviser for Kings
by Sam Amick, USA TODAY Sports
Chris Mullin was named as an adviser to Sacramento Kings chairman and owner, Vivek Ranadive, on Thursday, which is a fancy way of saying he’ll be his right hand man on basketball-related matters while working with new general manager Pete D’Alessandro.
The former Golden State Warriors executive and Hall of Fame member had been working with the Kings in an unofficial capacity since Ranadive bought the team in May, but had yet to formalize the arrangement.
It’s a familiar partnership on two fronts: Mullin, who had spent recent years in the radio and television realm for ESPN, headed the Warriors front office from 2004 to 2009 while working with D’Alessandro, who was assistant general manager in 2008 when he left for the Denver Nuggets; Mullin also had a previous relationship with Ranadive, the Silicon Valley software magnate who was previously a minority owner for the Warriors.
Mullin’s work with the Kings was hardly a state secret. He took part in the scouting process leading up to the June draft, and was there along with the rest of the Sacramento Kings folks pumping his fist when they landed the man they wanted, shooting guard Ben McLemore of Kansas.
More than two months later, they got the guy they wanted again.