Another Golden State Warriors associated individual has gone to the Sacramento Kings. This marks the fourth time this year that a player, coach or front office individual with Warriors time has joined the Kings. It all start when Vivek Ranadive, then co-owner and vice chairman of the Warriors, decided to join an ownership group in an effort to purchase the Sacramento franchise and as a consequence had to sell his stock in the Dubs.
The unfortunate loss of important individuals continued when the Warriors lost assistant coach Mike Malone to Sacto. Malone was an essential part to the Warriors revamping their image as a franchise and provided the invaluable “x’s and o’s” expertise that Coach Mark Jackson lacked in the locker room. Malone was selected as the Assistant Coach of the Year by the General Managers of the NBA and was also reportedly the highest paid assistant coach in the league. It seems as though a higher salary and a chance to for fame proved irresistible to Malone.
The unhappy parade continues as our next door neighbor outbid us on Carl Landry. Landry averaged 10.8 points and six rebounds per game on 54 percent shooting in just 23.32 minutes off the bench. His veteran leadership was invaluable during the playoffs and he elevated his game when it really mattered. Losing Landry and Jarrett Jack was a tough pill to swallow, though the acquisition of one Andre Iguodala has helped ease some of that sadness. Landry will play alongside young, raw players like DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore and will no doubt help refine them into mature players.
Taking those three people was not enough for the Kings. They still needed to plunge one more dagger into the Warriors’ nation’s heart. That last dagger would be the acquisition of Chris Mullin. The former Warriors has joined the Kings front office as “Advisor to the Chairman.” Mullin the Hall of Fame Warrior, the iconic member of Run TMC and a player whose jersey has been retired in the Oracle Arena. His contributions to the franchise don’t end there. Mullin served as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for five years from 2004-09, during the unforgettable “We Believe” playoff run. Even if you think some of his decisions as an executive were questionable, his dedication to the team was not and he was a fan’s executive through and through.
It will certainly hurt seeing these four individuals work against a franchise they were so recently associated with, though hopefully a series sweep of the Kings will ease that pain.