The Warriors will name Larry Riley as the new General Manager tomorrow at 12:30 PST, replacing Chris Mullin. Riley, with 22 years of NBA experience, will be promoted after spending two years on the bench as one of Don Nelson's assistant coaches.
This move came as a surprise to few, as we've touched on it here a few times in the last couple of weeks. Mullin and team president Robert Rowell had a falling out, dating back to the preseason. Mullen virtually disappeared from the media last season, as Rowell took control of personnel (or gave it to Don Nelson).
I don't doubt Riley's capability as a GM, he's been in the front office a few times before with the Grizzlies (Memphis Grizzlies Schedule) and Bucks (Milwaukee Bucks Schedule), yet I will miss Chris Mullin. He will be remembered for making one of the most famous trades in team history when he dealt Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy, Ike Diagu, and Keith McCloud to the Pacers (Indiana Pacers Schedule) for Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, Sarunas Jasikevicius, and Josh Powell. He also brought Baron Davis home to California and made the Warriors relevant again. This combination of players went on to make up one of the most exciting Warriors teams in 12 years, reaching the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs.
This change will mark a new era in the organization, the era of Robert Rowell, who has been criticized for his hefty fine on Monta Ellis for the moped accident, his three year contract extension of Stephen Jackson, and now running the beloved Chris Mullin out of town. The Warriors have the pieces to build upon, but if the W's fall back to mediocrity over the next few seasons, we will know who to hold accountable...Rowell.