Long before he won gold at the Olympic Games - twice - or made a name for himself in the NBA or put St. John's back on the college basketball map, Chris Mullin was the poster boy for gym rats everywhere. The Brooklyn native and Catholic school phenom was a fixture on the playgrounds of New York City where he spent countless hours working on his game. The lefty swingman's textbook jumper underscored his sweet stroke. There was no flaw, no variation, no change in the trajectory of the ball as it sailed through the air before singeing the net for another bucket. Mullin's smooth style silenced his critics and landed him a scholarship at St. John's University where Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca tutored the only player in history to be named Big East Player of the Year three times. The 1985 Wooden Award winner led St. John's to the Final Four that year and was then drafted by the Golden State Warriors where he became one of the storied franchise's greatest players. Mullin played 16 seasons in the NBA scoring more than 17,000 points and earning All-NBA honors four times.
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