Today, the Sacramento Kings organization held a press conference for Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, announcing that he will be added to their front office as an Advisor to the Chairman, per Vivek Ranadivé who is the Owner and the Chairman of the Kings.
Mullin had been advising Ranadivé and General Manager Pete D’Alessandro in an “unofficial” role, as he was seen in the Sacramento war room on draft night with the rest of the front office and new head coach Michael Malone. He has been seen numerous times within the Kings practice facility and with Kings brass in Las Vegas for the Summer League.
It had been rumored for months that Mullin would join the organization officially. It was just a matter of time.
Notable quote from the video below:
This is a privilege and an exciting time for me to get back in a team setting. The Kings organization, to me, is going to be the model organization moving forward – the future is so bright. I had a chance to spend some time with Vivek this summer (and met) his ownership group – (which is) very impressive (and) determined – and for me, it was an easy decision to join them.
The hiring of Mullin marks yet another sign of Ranadivé’s affinity for personnel with ties to the Golden State Warriors, of whom he had been a minority stakeholder under Joe Lacob’s ownership. Spending a lot of time with the Warriors, it’s no surprise he’s added Mullin to the list of alumni he’s surrounded himself with, including Mitch Richmond (former Warrior/King, now Kings minority owner), head coach Malone (former lead assistant coach under Mark Jackson), and GM D’Alessandro (former assistant GM).
This is only another small addition in overhauling the franchise, top to bottom, and ushering in the new era of Kings basketball in Sacramento.