As Chris Mullin sat in a Danville coffee shop Friday afternoon, he was just one week away from delivering his induction speech at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
He hadn't started writing it yet.
"I've only got three minutes, so I think I can handle that," Mullin said with a smile. "But I'll prepare a little, because I don't want to embarrass myself or my family."
Mullin, a five-time All-Star with the Warriors and later the team's top basketball executive, actually has given considerable thought to what he intends to say.
In essence, it's this: Thank you.
"I'm accepting this for a lot of people," said Mullin, 48. "So many people have guided me along the way, both professionally and personally. It doesn't even feel like an individual accomplishment."
The large group that will accompany him to Springfield, Mass., next week is proof. There will be friends from his old Brooklyn neighborhood and St. John's, including college coach Lou Carnesecca, who will introduce him. And the Bay Area will be well-represented by people such as Mark Jackson, his longtime friend and the new Warriors coach.
"It's really like different chapters in my life," he said. "Each stop along the way, it's always been about the people."
Mullin, part of an induction class that also features Stanford women's coach Tara VanDerveer and Dennis Rodman, went into the Hall of Fame last year when the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team was honored.
"I always considered the Hall something extra, something above and beyond what I ever expected or what I even deserved," Mullin said.
He played 16 NBA seasons -- 13 of them with the Warriors, who made him the No. 7 pick of the draft in 1985. A deadly outside shooter, the 6-foot-6 Mullin had a stretch of five consecutive seasons where he averaged 25 points or more.
But spending the bulk of his career with Golden State meant enjoying little playoff success. The closest he came to winning an NBA title was when his Indiana Pacers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2000 finals.
As an executive, he built Golden State's "We Believe" team that upset No. 1 seed Dallas in the 2007 playoffs' first round. It remains the only Warriors team to make the playoffs since 1994.
The organization cut ties with him in 2009, but Mullin insisted there are no hard feelings. He remains especially grateful the way Bay Area fans accepted him after a slow start to his career that included a rehab stint to treat alcoholism.
He also will be thanking them next Friday when he's enshrined.
"If this didn't happen, it wasn't something that was going to consume me," Mullin said. "But now that it's here, it's an incredible thing to be put into a place that's forever. That's really special."
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