NBA Legend Chris Mullin Visits The Brooklyn Nets At Training Camp
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With the exception of Jeremy Lin, the average sports span probably couldn’t recognize one player on the Nets roster. The average NBA fan will probably point out Brook Lopez and Luis Scola. As for new coach Kenny Atkinson, despite playing on 17 pro teams and coaching 4 around the world, I’m pretty sure most NBA fanatics couldn’t recognize him.
But the Nets did have a surprise guest during Tuesday’s training camp in Brooklyn that every sports fan should recognize: Brooklyn-born, NBA legend, St John’s head coach and 1/3 of Run TMC Chris Mullin.
“I wanted him to say hello to our players.” Atkins said to the NYPost. “He was born in Brooklyn and was a great player, coach at St. John’s. It’s just good for our players to be aware of the history of Brooklyn basketball, and he’s obviously one of the pillars, best players ever.”
The basketball hall of famer and former New York State’s Mr Basketball also spent some time with a few players, such as Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who showed flashes of brilliance during his rookie season, especially in the steals department.
“You’re only as good as your players. You can have nice plays, diagram and have all the great systems, if you can’t make a shot, don’t make free throws and turn the ball over, you’re going to lose,” Mullin said. “The foundation is skill development and having players that can execute.”
Another not so popular but good player on the Nets roster I’m expecting to see make a lot of shots is Bojan Bogdanovic. He ended the season with back-to-back 20 point game and had a few Chris Mullin-like performances, including a 7 for 9 from 3 game against the Kings and a career-high 44 against the 76ers.
Speaking of hitting 3s against the Kings, here’s Mullin beating a few Kings players in a 3-point shootout a couple of years ago.
Source: New York Post