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A month after stepping down as the head coach at St. John's, Chris Mullin doesn't seem to have any regrets about the decision.
"I feel great. I felt pretty good straight through. Just decisions had to be made in my life. I feel good about the four years I coached at St. John's," Mullin said Thursday after participating in the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research's Second Annual New York Classic Fishing Tournament. "It's a special place to me. My kids go there. I met my wife there. So way beyond my four years playing there, my four years coaching, relationships - first and foremost with coach (Lou) Carnesecca, that's how I became part of St. John's. Met him when I was 10. He was my college coach, but way more than that. Things are well, life is good. Healthy, happy, and just kind of moving forward."
Mullin said at an event held after the fishing tournament that he isn't sure what he'll do next. But he certainly didn't rule out a potential return to the NBA when he was asked about it.
"I spent my whole adult life with the NBA so that's more natural for me," said Mullin, a Hall of Fame player who worked in the Warriors and Kings front offices. "Over time, the game maybe became a little closer because of the age of the players. There's an overlap there. I've always found myself watching the NBA game more, even when I was coaching college. So I'll probably gravitate toward doing something in the NBA."
Mullin left St. John's after four seasons. He made the NCAA Tournament this season - his only Tournament berth - and stepped down after the end of the year, citing the death of his brother, Roddy, due to cancer.
That's part of the reason Mullin participated in the fundraiser for the foundation, which is a cancer research organization.
"Obviously cancer has affected my life, mostly everyone in the world in some level," he said. "So anytime I can help out it's a small token of appreciation and support really. One thing that we can do for each other is support each other. At one point or another we all go through trials and tribulations, so giving your time is one way to help."