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» Wed Sep 19, 2007 7:51 pm
Does anybody have an ESPN insider to get the article about Mullen low balling Nellie -- which is true. But was just curious to see what the article said. I don't know how to get the link of it, but it's on the rumor page or on the NBA frontpage of espn.

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» Wed Sep 19, 2007 7:58 pm
Mullin Low-Balled Nellie
Sep 19 - There is an interesting fact coming out: Chris Mullin low-balled Nellie (Don Nelson). Yes, Mullin low-balled Nellie.
While the rest of the NBA world was thinking Mullin was a pushover who had pretty much turned the franchise over to Nellie, Mullin had actually drew a line in the sand. Mullin, apparently schooled from his Foyle, Dunleavy, Murphy, Fisher and JR contract mistakes, learned how to use his leverage and play hardball. Look at his last several decisions, he's been pretty hardcore. He didn't throw a bunch of money at MP and Barnes.-- Contra Costa Times
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» Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:06 pm
His past has made him really look into how he's spending his money. He waited 'til Barnes grew impatient and just accepted an offer we all would be comfortable at which is smart because he hasn't shown any consistency in his career to earn 5 mil. Same for MP. He has yet to be signed, but Mullin only offered 3.5 mil to match any offer which is smart as well because he's done really nothing to earn the full MLE. Nelson is a HOF coach, but he is old and isn't the same coach back in the late 80s-90s. You can't just give him the whole enchilada. He's earned 5 mil after the grueling season he went through at the age of 66-67.

Overall, Mullin's learned to use his money wisely. He's not just going to give it out just like that.
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» Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:27 am
xbaywarrior wrote:Overall, Mullin's learned to use his money wisely. He's not just going to give it out just like that.

Yep, he made lots of mistakes as a rookie GM, but he's been solid with his decisions the last couple of years (well, except the POB pick).

Sometimes risky (the J-Rich trade), tho... but always with the aim to improve the team. We may like him more or less, but we can't blame him for not trying.

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