Chris Mullin offered St. John’s job, expected to accept


Looks like Chris Mullin is returning to St. John's. (USATSI)
It looks like Chris Mullin is returning to St. John’s. (USATSI)

St. John’s has offered Chris Mullin the opportunity to be its next head basketball coach and he is expected to accept, multiple sources say.

The two sides were hammering out final details on a contract Sunday that would make Mullin the successor to Steve Lavin, who was fired Friday after five years at the school.

Barring a last-minute snag in the negotiations, the administration is hoping to have a press conference Tuesday or Wednesday.

Mullin has spent the past few seasons as an adviser in the Sacramento Kings’ front office and was also formerly the general manager of the Golden State Warriors.

He has no head-coaching experience, but sources said that St. John’s believes Mullin provides a blueprint similar to what Iowa State had when it hired Fred Hoiberg in 2010.

Hoiberg also had no head-coaching experience when he took the job at his alma mater.

Mullin, a Brooklyn native, was a first-team All-American at St. John’s and led the Red Storm to the 1985 Final Four.

Mullin was the seventh overall pick by Golden State in the 1985 NBA Draft and was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team.

St. John’s reached the NCAA Tournament this season, but graduated four seniors and returns few impact players for next year.

Sources say it’s highly unlikely that Rysheed Jordan and Chris Obekpa — two players who started this year for the Red Storm — will wind up returning next season.


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