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Warriors Game Day Links #43: Golden State Warriors 93 vs Minnesota Timberwolves 97 - Chris Mullin's #17 in the rafters adds to Warriors history

March 19, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors former player Chris Mullin speaks during the half time ceremony to retire his #17 jersey at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
March 19, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors former player Chris Mullin speaks during the half time ceremony to retire his #17 jersey at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Box score | Gameflow

SBNation Network

Warriors: Golden State of Mind
Recap: The Night Oracle Arena Turned into the Roman Colosseum
Game thread: Game Thread #43: Minnesota Timberwolves @ Golden State Warriors - Chris Mullin Jersey Retirement Ceremony (1080+ comments)

Timberwolves: Canis Hoopus
Recap: Scenes from an Oakland Restaurant; bsg007 from the front row at Oracle Arena
Postgame: Post Game Thread, Golden State
Game thread 2: Game thread 2, Golden State
Game thread 1: Game Thread 1, Golden State
Preview: Tim's Game Preview: Game 47, Golden State Warriors


Associated Press: Timberwolves beat Warriors to end 3-game slide | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Love takes control, leads T'Wolves over Warriors
Matt Steinmetz: Warriors' comeback falls short vs. Love's Wolves

Pregame News

- Warriors like Klay's jumper, size, defense, poise, and maturity.
Marcus Thompson II: Golden State Warriors believe in Klay Thompson

- Warriors want to look at JJ Hickson.
Marcus Thompson II: Warriors Planning to Go After PF J.J. Hickson if He Clears Waivers

- Did you know that Don Nelson finally got a degree?
Rusty Simmons: Hall of Fame? Don Nelson has another honor in mind

- Previews of the game.
Matt Steinmetz: Wolves-Warriors: What to watch for

- Taken from the Chris Mullin pregame press conference.
Marcus Thompson II: Warriors retire Chris Mullin's number

Pregame Videos

Past teammates and players congratulating Chris Mullin on the jersey retirement.

Shootaround interviews.

Chronicle Live: Greg Papa talks to Don Nelson.

Chronicle Live: Greg Papa talks to Sarunas Marciulionis.

Chronicle Live: Greg Papa talks to Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond.

Video Link: Mullin Thanks Golden State

Postgame News

- Accounts of the jersey retirement.
Marcus Thompson II: Warriors’ Co-Owner Joe Lacob on the Wrong Side of Sports History; Boo’d Relentlessly at Chris Mullin’s Jersey Retirement
Matt Steinmetz: Mullin's No. 17 jersey retired by Warriors in halftime ceremony
Rusty Simmons: Honor for Mullin turns ugly with boos for Lacob
Matt Steinmetz: Mullin ceremony overshadowed by boos
Rusty Simmos

- Tim Kawakami transcript with Joe Lacob.
TIm Kawakami: Joe Lacob after the booing: “I’m not going to let a few boos get me down”

Postgame Videos

Joe Lacob getting booed during the ceremony.

CSN's report on Joe Lacob getting booed.

CSN highlights, recap.

Gumbywithpokey: Chris Mullin's No. 17 retired - part 1 of 3.

Gumbywithpokey: Chris Mullin's No. 17 retired - part 2 of 3.

Gumbywithpokey: Chris Mullin's No. 17 retired - part 3 of 3.

Gumbywithpokey: Part of Don Nelson's commentary.

Recap and highlights from's game page:
Timberwolves vs. Warriors: First half
Rush to the Rim
Richmond, Hardaway Pay Tribute
Attles Pays Tribute
Chris Mullin Says Thanks
Number 17 Retired
Timberwolves vs. Warriors

Postgame Quotes and Stuff from recap

Photo Gallery

Chris Mullin
Opening Statement:
"It's my honor to join the greats of this franchise and to be surrounded by my teammates, my coach and so many people that have had a great influence on my life. Looking forward to enjoying this evening and keeping my emotions in check - to me just brings back old memories. Although we didn't achieve the ultimate in winning a championship, I wouldn't trade away the people in this room that I was blessed to be surrounded by. Once again I want to thank Joe Lacob, Peter Guber for making tonight possible and I look forward to sharing this with my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the great fans – the great Warrior fans."

On His Emotions For Tonight's Honor:
"After playing for so many years – you say while you are playing it's all about the people and when it's all said and done it truly is. Whatever happened on the court - I remember some very good nights, I remember some tough nights but ultimately the people that have influenced me along the way is what lasts forever...and the memory of those people. A lot of those people are here tonight. I have my teammates, Nellie [Coach Don Nelson], Rick Barry who I've heard about since I've been ten years old, just so many people that I've been lucky enough to associated with because of basketball. I wouldn't say it's that emotional it's just happy memories are what I have."

On Memories Playing For Golden State:
"So many. Once again playing with Mitch [Mitch Richmond], Timmy [Tim Hardaway] and Rod [Rod Higgins], Tom Tolbert and Jim Petersen – it was the most fun I had playing basketball in my whole life. Nellie [Coach Don Nelson] was instrumental part of that – he let Run TMC run-and-gun, that's what he let us do. He got Tom Tolbert and Jim Petersen to play different roles. We were entertaining, but with that we could also spend time 30 years later. We helped each other, we relied on each other, and it was a great time in our lives and I think we cherish it till this day."

On If He Still Has The Competitive Spirit:
"You get weaned off it by old age and by creaky knees and things like that. You just come back to the memories. If you ask Tim [Tim Hardaway] he would give you a different answer, he would say that he could go out there tonight and he would kill J.J. Barea...I'm a little bit more realistic. Just all fun and great memories. I was talking to Saint [Garry St. Jean] yesterday, on any given night Nellie [Coach Don Nelson] would come in would just put up 40 or 50 and that's what we would put up for the quarter. But there was a method to that; we just didn't roll the ball out there. The way we played took just as much discipline and hard work as if it would if we were going to play in the 80s or 90s – it was just different. We relied on each other, everyone had their roles - some more prominent than others. Pete [Jim Petersen] and Tommy [Tom Tolbert] maybe got two shots a weekend...when the shot clock was way down. But hold on a second Sarunas Marciulionis – I didn't even see you there. One of the all time great guys, loyal friends and to me, the first international player with great influence – that's my guy there."

On Memories With Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway:
"It wasn't just the games, back then we were all much younger, weren't married with kids and we were all living in Harbor Bay it was kind of like a dormitory over there. We would practice at the College of Alameda and we would hang around afterwards for hours and play one-on-one, two-on-two we would play with weight vests, heavy ropes whatever we could find. On the way we had the unique relationship where we were competitive, but we were competitive to help each other. It wasn't just out talents, but our blends of talents and our different personalities that seemed to work. Sometimes you get that lucky space where the talents – the chemistry is important to figure out. What Tim [Tim Hardaway] had I didn't have, what Mitch [Richmond] could do I couldn't do and together Nellie [Coach Don Nelson] figured out how to mix and match that thing by combination. I loved that style of play and I really do think it works, I know it's up for debate, but if you get the right bug guy with that combination – it was a great time. I've never met a guy that has ever had any association with Mitch Richmond that doesn't think he's one of the best guys they've ever come across. All along the way, there are just so many great people, and you know that while you are going through it, but 30 years later – I was truly blessed."

On The Greatest Achievement During His Career:
"Probably the greatest – making the Dream Team was probably the number one memory that would stick out. That again was – it was perfect timing I was just fortunate to be playing at a high level at that time. I think that the fact they were playing international rules and they needed a shooter all those things fell into place – much like my life and my career. It's something I never take for granted and I'm always grateful for that. Sometimes I'm shocked it happened looking back. I'm shocked at a lot of things that happened, I'm shocked I'm here tonight putting this jersey up there you don't think those things will happen to you - especially the road I took. Like I said, when all is said and done, some good games some bad games, great teams but to be surrounded by people to share it with is probably the most important."

Interesting Tweets

(before the game)
gswscribe: Warriors will definitely make a run at J.J. Hickson when he clears waivers. I asked one GSW exec why has Hickson falling off so fast. He said "I don't know, but we want to find out." The Warriors won't claim him off waivers, though, and pay a fraction of the $2.35M he has remaining this year. But they are very interested in bringing on the guy for whom the Kings gave up Omri Casspi and a first-rounder to get. Yahoo! Sports first reported the Warriors' interest in JJ


- No interesting notes to add tonight.

What's next?

- Back to the road we go, as we start ANOTHER 6 games in 8 nights. Let the tank roll on.

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