Now that he’s in the news as a recent inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame, quite a few rumors have been floating around regarding Chris Mullin and his next professional move. Last week, Donnie Walsh reportedly said his great regret while serving as general manager of the Knicks was not grooming Mullin as his natural successor. When you think that Walsh wasn’t in office for the better half of three years, this statement might be seen as silly. Successor? How on earth could a successor be prepped in three short years? Walsh was busy excavating a devastated salary cap situation, courting the greatest player alive, and figuring out how in the hell New York Knicks basketball could be made relevant once again. Hardly enough time to teach, right?
Now Mullin has reportedly said Walsh is on his way back into the league. The comments here sound a bit forced and taken out of context. But where the situation stands, it would have been nice to have Mullin leading the way, succeeding Donnie Walsh but with no grooming taking place. While serving as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations in Golden State, he put together one of the most overlooked teams of the past 10 years—the Baron Davis led group which bested Dallas in an infamous first round upset. He knows basketball and how to put together pieces that fit. I suppose the point here is sure, it would’ve been great to have Chris Mullin serving as the successor to Donnie Walsh. But it didn’t turn out that way. So why are we still talking about it?