Warriors retire Mullin’s jersey, fans boo owner

I guess Warrior fans aren’t too pleased with the team’s recent trade sending Monta Ellis to the Bucks for an injured Andrew Bogut and Stephen Jackson (who they then shipped to the Spurs for Richard Jefferson).  Since the trade the team has lost 4 straight games, when prior to they were at least in contention for the last playoff spot in the West.  It’s a shame this all happened during Mullin’s jersey retirement.  Mullin and Rick Barry tried to settle down the crowd, but Warrior fans were persistent.

Well, congrats on a recent Hall of Fame induction and a well deserved jersey now hanging in the rafters, Chris!


Pickup of the Week: Chris Mullin Autograph

My first autograph of recent Hall of Fame Inductee, and one my all-time favorites, Chris Mullin!  This autograph from 2010-11 National Treasures is #’d 12/49.


NBA Finals Jerseys: Where Have They Gone?

What game-worn jersey set of current players would be better than one filled with game-worn finals jerseys?  Take this past season as an example- how cool would it be to pull a finals worn jersey card of Lebron James from his first trip to the Finals with Miami?  Or a jersey used in a breakthrough playoff performance from NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki?  Short answer, there aren’t many game-worn jersey cards of current players I’d rather pull.

While browsing on ebay over the past week I stumbled across several 2000-01 Topps Gold Label Finals Jerseys of key players from the 2000 Indiana Pacers’ only NBA Finals appearance in franchise history.  Look at the players from this set: Shaq, Kobe, Reggie, Mullin, Rice, Horry, Green, etc..  You better believe I snatched up ones I saw:


Most sought after cards in other years that finals-worn jersey sets were produced:

2001-02 – Kobe, Shaq, Iverson, Mutombo
2005-06 – Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, Horry, Billups, Wallace
2006-07 – Shaq, Wade, Mourning, Payton, Walker (just the Heat were included in this set, no Mavs)

They don’t show up on ebay with much frequency.   Tell me that this type of insert set wouldn’t be one of the most highly sought after memorabilia sets year after year, particularly if featured in a higher-end product!  That’s why I was baffled to see that the last Finals Jersey set that I could find was from 2006-07 Topps products.  Hoping this type of set comes back soon in some fashion!


2011 Hall of Fame Class

Headlining those being inducted tomorrow into the Basketball Hall of Fame:

Dennis Rodman, 2-time NBA All-Star, 2-time Defensive Player of the Year, 5-time NBA Champion (2 with Pistons, 3 with Bulls), 7-time NBA Rebounding Champion, 22nd on All-Time Rebounding list, entering HOF on a Helicopter.

Chris Mullin, 5-time NBA All-Star, 4 All-NBA Teams, Member of original Dream Team

Artis Gilmore, 5-time ABA All-Star, 6-time NBA All-Star, 1971-72 ABA MVP, 1975 ABA Champion

Arvydas Sabonis, 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist, 8-time European Player of the Year.  Excellent article from SI on the mystery man.

Tom ‘Satch’ Sanders, 8-time NBA Champion, only Bill Russell and Sam Jones have more championships as a player.  Great article on Satch and his contributions beyond his playing career.