Chris Mullin The former Golden State star player and executive says he is "excited about joining the Kings and playing a part in making this team a winner again."

Hall of Famer Chris Mullin joins Kings as an adviser

Published: Friday, Sep. 6, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C

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

Mullin, 50, a former front-office executive with the Golden State Warriors, will have a variety of basketball operations responsibilities, including 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 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 in his 16 seasons with the Warriors and Indiana Pacers, during which he averaged 18.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 986 career games.

He won two Olympic gold medals, the first as a member of the U.S. team at the Los Angeles Games in 1984, the second as a 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 draft.

After he retired as a player, Mullin was a special assistant in the Warriors' front office before becoming executive vice president of basketball operations in 2004, a position he held 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 this month, and they open the preseason Oct. 7 against the Warriors at Oracle Arena. They open the regular season Oct. 30 against the Denver Nuggets at Sleep Train Arena.

Bighorns hire new coach – The Reno Bighorns, the Kings' NBA D-League affiliate, have hired Joel Abelson as coach.

Abelson coached Sioux Falls last season, leading the Skyforce to a 25-25 record, a 10-game improvement from the previous season.

Abelson also was associate head coach of the Idaho Stampede (2008-2012) and director of basketball operations for the Tulsa 66ers (2007-08).

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