Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  6 responses

Chris Mullin’s Replacement: I’m no Puppet

The new GM in Oakland would like to make one thing clear: “Larry Riley is not a puppet. That was the overriding message in the news conference to introduce Riley as the Warriors’ new general manager Tuesday. Sure, he is a close confidant of Coach Don Nelson, who is presumed to be the real string-puller in the basketball operations. No doubt he was picked to replace Chris Mullin by team president Robert Rowell, whom many believe to be the organization’s puppet master. Yet Riley stared down the local media gathered at Oracle Arena to proclaim his independence. ‘That’s already out there. We were joined at the hip when we came out here,’ Riley said of his relationship with Nelson. “Does Nellie dictate my life? No. Is he a good friend? Yes. Do I listen to him? Yes. If I have to make a counter-decision, I’ll make it.’”

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Ok, he says that he isn’t a puppet and then completely counters that in his second sentence.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Mullin > Rowell. Davis > Cohan. Don Nelson = Grumpy B@stard, whom actually got along great with Baron so its triply ridiculous Warriors mis-management wouldn’t keep him around.

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    fire don. its time that he goes.
    the warriors are ridiculas. they have all the pieces they need.
    this is the new knicks team.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    Warriors…way to f#$ up even further. You get rid of the one person the players would actually talk to. Another great move.

  • Seven Duece

    If he’s really not a puppet, he’ll trade at least half the team and get some players with a modicum of basketball IQ. They’ve stockpiled young dumb talent at every position. When Stephen Jackson is your best player AND/OR team leader, you are driving to the lottery selection site in February. No. Just, no.

  • http://images.google.com.au/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cinepatas.com/forum/album_mod/upload/album_2_1046639711.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cinepatas.com/forum/album_page.php%3Fpic_id%3D292%26mode%3Dnex Dacre

    hard but true….so as the new non-puppet face of the GSW who goes and who stays Mr Gate Keeper?