Since his request for a trade was answered last summer, Mullin has remained silent about the Warriors, prompting speculation that one of the conditions of his relocation was that he not disparage them. "Not true," Mullin says. "I never said anything for eight years. If I did say something, it would be the longest press conference in the world. So many things were overlooked on the floor. We had no discipline, no plan, no direction. Near the end it was more like a circus than a pro team. I had never thought I'd dread going to practice, but I did."
Mullin still thinks about the many nights he scored 25 or more, but a deep playoff run is his only goal now. "When I played at Golden State, Rod Higgins backed me up," he says. "He was so helpful, so at ease with his role, I always felt he was a big part of the team. I'd like to give these guys that same kind of feeling."
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Bo Outlaw's Triple Double
Magic forward Bo Outlaw, April 17 versus the Nets: 46 minutes, 10-11 field goals, 5-8 free throws, 25 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists, 5 blocks. Outlaw played the role of spoiler in a 121-109 win that postponed New Jersey's clinching of a playoff spot.