HE'S STILL around. "Under the radar," Garry St. Jean said. Also right now over the moon.

The Warriors have made it, and if some would believe that's despite St. Jean instead of because of him, the man said there's absolutely no bitterness.

On the contrary.

"I'm happy," St. Jean insisted. "Happy for the fans, the organization, the guys on the team."

Happy the playoffs his teams never could reach are now a reality.

St. Jean was general manager. The guy who drafted Vonteego Cummings. But also the guy who drafted Jason Richardson, and Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy.

The guy stepped in as coach when P.J. Carlesimo was run off, and now a guy, who at age 57, perennially upbeat, sees a team on the rise and says he's delighted for his old pal Don Nelson.

Who brought St. Jean west in the first place back in the late 1980s.

Assistant to Nellie in the Warriors "Run TMC" Years, head coach of the Sacramento Kings from 1992-1997, Warriors GM from'97-'04. Three years ago almost to the day, April 21, St. Jean was replaced by Chris Mullin.

The announcement indicated St. Jean would "be reassigned" with the Warriors, but he has yet to be notified.

Instead, he spends time with his family in Danville, helps coach some middle-school kids and watches as much NBA as possible.

"No ill feelings," said the man known as "Saint." "I had a great run. I could cry in my soft drink that when I was there, management wouldn't spend like they're spending now, $20 million more, and we couldn't get or keep the people we needed, but that's not in my philosophy.

"I'm happy for the whole organization."

St. Jean said he called Nelson to offer congratulations when last summer Nellie was persuaded to return as coach. "I wished him luck," St. Jean said. "I've gone to a couple of games. I sat there and enjoyed them."

Enjoyed them more so than his last seasons as GM when the Warriors continued their merry way in the wilderness, when coaches came and went; when Arenas, as a free agent unable to receive the compensation he believed he was due, simply went; when future and past merged in a numbing rerun of futility.

"I think we had some terrific pieces in Arenas and Richardson," St. Jean said. "A pretty good core, if we had stayed together."

Throw them in. Larry Hughes, Danny Fortson, Erick Dampier. Toss them out. Each remains in the NBA. What the Warriors never had was continuity. Or a point guard.

"They got Baron Davis now, the veteran they need. I think Nellie has done a terrific job. He's earned the confidence and trust of the players. The way they're playing is vintage Nellie, the unorthodox style. They put the other team back on its heels.

"It's just that Dallas, who they open against, knows Nellie inside and out."

St. Jean said he's had offers since leaving the Warriors, but stability became paramount. "My family sacrificed for me for a long time, so it was time for me to stay with them."

His daughter, Emily, is now a sophomore at Yale, His boy, Greg, is a junior at De La Salle, a basketball player, who might move on.

"He's a coach's son, a smart player," St. Jean analyzed. "He loves De La Salle so much we weren't going to move. And I didn't want to go some place and get an apartment by myself. So I stayed here. I'm enjoying my life.

"Would I like to do something again in the game, radio, TV, scouting? Yes, But I don't aspire to be a head coach."

St. Jean went through enough head coaches — Carlesimo, Dave Cowens, Brian Winters, Eric Musselman. Two days ago Musselman was fired by the Kings. "His problem," conceded St. Jean, "is an inability to relate to people."

That's never been Saint's problem. He's an extrovert, a storyteller. He's a basketball man.

"I was fortunate," he said. Twenty-five years in the league, eight years as GM, five years coaching at Sacramento. "I loved it. Now, I'll be watching every playoff game, sitting with my son. It will be beautiful.

"As my wife says, if you want to reach Garry between the hours of 4-10 p.m., from now on he'll be plonked out on the coach in front of the TV."

Would you expect otherwise?

Art Spander can be reached at

typoes@aol.com.