An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett
Warriors retire Mullin's No. 17; owner Joe Lacob booed
St. John's alum and Brooklyn native Chris Mullin had his No. 17 retired by the Golden State Warriors Monday night.
Mullin spent 13 years of his 16-year NBA career with the Warriors. With Golden State, he averaged more than 20 points per game six consecutive years, from 1987-88 to 1992-93, including a career-high 26.5 points per game during the 1988-89 season. He was also a five-time NBA All-Star, and four-time All-NBA, named to the first team once, second team twice and third team once.
The man that made the flat top famous was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last year. He is now an NBA analyst on ESPN.
Here are some highlights from Mullin's career with the Warriors, including a nifty floater from the baseline that one of the announcers calls a "dipsy doo:"
During the ceremony -- later likened to a WWE event -- Warriors owner Joe Lacob took the mic and was showered with boos by Golden State fans. Lacob, who bought the Warriors in 2010, was clearly shaken by the boos, which included chants of "We want Monta," the guard that was dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks prior to the trade deadline.
Mullin eventually came to the microphone to ask the crowd to lend Lacob patience and trust. Once Mullin returned to his seat, though, the boos continued. Eventually, Rick Barry took the mic and asked fans to give Lacob "the respect he deserves." The fans cheered Barry, as they had Mullin earlier, and eventually afforded Lacob the opportunity to speak.