Chris Mullin, right, will join the Kings' front office, the team has announced.. The hall of fame player spent five years as a vice president for the Golden State Warriors, now owned by Joe Lacob, left.

Kings hire Chris Mullin as adviser

Published: Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013 - 12:08 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Sep. 23, 2013 - 8:09 am

Chris Mullin, who was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2011, has been hired by the Kings as an adviser to majority owner and chairman Vivek Ranadive.

Mullin, 50, a former front-office executive with the Golden State Warriors, will have a variety of basketball operations responsibilities, advising Ranadive and general manager Pete D'Alessandro on player transactions and scouting.

"I couldn't be more excited about joining the Kings and playing a part in making this team a winner again," Mullin said in a statement released by the Kings on Thursday. "I'm especially grateful for the unique opportunity to work in close proximity with a world-class ownership group led by Vivek Ranadive and the talented group of individuals assembled in our front office."

The Ranadive-led group purchased the Kings, keeping the franchise in Sacramento, after the NBA rejected a deal the former owners had made with a group that planned to move the team to Seattle.

"Chris Mullin is an incredible addition to our organization," Ranadive said in the release. "Chris brings experience, knowledge, and influence to help us achieve our ultimate goal: bringing a championship to the fans and city of Sacramento."

Mullin was a five-time NBA All-Star his 16 seasons with the Warriors and the Indiana Pacers, during which he averaged 18.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 986 career games.

He won two Olympics medals, the first as a member of the U.S. team at the Los Angeles Games in 1984, the second as member of the original "Dream Team" at the 1992 Barcelona Games. After winning the 1985 John Wooden Award as the nation's outstanding college player as a senior at St. John's, he was selected by the Warriors with the seventh pick in the NBA draft.

After he retired as a player, Mullin was a special assistant in the Warriors' front office before become executive vice president of basketball operations in 2004, a position he had for five seasons. D'Alessandro also worked for the Warriors from 2004 to 2008, the final two years as assistant general manager.

The Kings are expected to begin training camp later this month, and they open the preseason on Oct. 7 against the Warriors at Oracle Arena. They open the regular season on Oct. 30 against the Denver Nuggets at Sleep Train Arena.

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