Leading Off

Leading Off: Is Richmond still more Warrior than King?

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• Mitch Richmond enters the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today as a ... Warrior at heart? Though Richmond played his best basketball with the Kings in his seven seasons in Sacramento, he told The Oakland Tribune this week, “I still consider myself a Warrior. Being a Warrior was the most fun I ever had playing basketball.” Richmond played just three seasons with Golden State, two as part of the “Run TMC” trio that made the playoffs in the 1990-91 season. Richmond angrily resisted the trade to the Kings in 1991, then slowly warmed to the region as it embraced him. Richmond’s presenter will be former “Run TMC” running mate Chris Mullin. They also worked together in the Warriors’ front office and now work with the Kings, Mullin as an adviser and Richmond as a minority owner.

• The Kings are slowly reshaping their roster, albeit through moves that don’t exactly light up Twitter. The Kings brought in guard Darren Collison earlier this summer and this week traded spare parts Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw to the New York Knicks for spare parts only die-hard fans would recognize. Most important is that the infrastructure is in place – ownership, management, coaching and a star player in center DeMarcus Cousins – to turn things around.

• The 49ers Museum should be a model for other NFL teams. Every club has history and fans love nostalgia. Museums link the generations and can provide a steady revenue stream throughout the year. When I toured Lambeau Field for the Packers Hall of Fame last decade, fans of all ages were starstruck. The same would happen at any venue.

– Joe Davidson


What to watch

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductions, 4:30 p.m., NBA: Mitch Richmond joins eight others (and one team) on the stage in Springfield, Mass.

What to do

Baseball, Minnesota at A’s, O.co Coliseum, 7:05 p.m.: Scott Kazmir goes for win No. 13 for the A’s.

Today’s poll

Who should be the next Hall of Fame inductee with Kings ties?

• Rick Adelman

• Vlade Divac

• Shaquille O’Neal

• Chris Webber

• Other

Vote above, or go to sacbee.com/sports

Thursday’s results

Which major pro league will hire a woman as a head coach first?

• MLB: 0%

• MLS: 20%

• NBA: 36%

• NFL: 1%

• NHL: 0%

• None: 43%

Total votes: 155

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