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Mullin taking over Warriors' basketball operations

| Friday, April 23, 2004

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Chris Mullin was promoted to executive VP of basketball operations by the Golden State Warriors, who are looking for leadership from one of the most popular players in team history.

Garry St. Jean was stripped of his title as general manager and will get another job with the Warriors. Mullin has been groomed as a special assistant to St. Jean for two seasons since retiring as a player.

Mullin was a five-time All-Star while averaging 25 points each season from 1988-93. He played 13 of his 16 NBA seasons with Golden State.

"I feel like this team is right on the cusp of doing some good things," Mullin said at a Thursday news conference. "I feel honored to be the person chosen to lead that."

The Warriors have missed the playoffs for an NBA-worst 10 straight seasons, and coach Eric Musselman is expected to be fired, despite the best two-season record for a Golden State coach in the last decade. The Warriors went 37-45 this season.

Warriors owner Chris Cohan now has consolidated his team's often fractious front office under two men -- Mullin and team president Robert Rowell.

"These two gentlemen have many challenges ahead of them," Cohan said. "But with Bob and Chris at the head of my business, I've never felt more comfortable about the future of the Golden State Warriors."

BASEBALL

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BASKETBALL

Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph has won the NBA's Most Improved Player award. Randolph became a starter this season and averaged double figures in points and rebounds.

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    FOOTBALL

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    SOFTBALL

    Indiana (Pa.) University has signed a trio of newcomers for next season. Pitcher/outfielder Kerri Hiles, from Connellsville Area High School, and outfielder Jenny Rodgers, from Kiski Area, are joined by outfielder Nicole Paiva, from Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy.

    TENNIS

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    OFF THE FIELD

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