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No Hall for Mully, Nellie

Neither Chris Mullin nor Don Nelson will not be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, according to multiple sources. The announcement comes Monday. No shocker. With the least this year — Michael Jordan, John Stockton, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, Cynthia Cooper, C. Vivian Stringer — it was going to be tough for them to get in.
They needed at least 18 of 24 votes to get in. This is Mullin’s third consecutive year as a finalist and not getting the necessary votes. This is also Nelson’s third year as a finalist (2006, 2008, 2009).
You know their resumes. Mullin was a big time high school and college player. He was an All-Star NBA player and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Nelson is 26 wins shy of being the winningest coach ever. He’s an innovator and is knowing for turning around bad teams.
Neither won a title or even reached the Finals. Mullin, in his next to last season, reached the NBA Finals with Indiana, losing to the Lakers.
So, did either of them get hosed? Or do you agree that they shouldn’t get in?

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Pregame Tidbits (vs. New Orleans)

* Monta Ellis is out tonight. He is a late scratch because of left ankle soreness. That leaves the Warriors with seven healthy bodies. Really, 6 1/2, as Jamal Crawford is dealing with flu-like symptoms. He looks under the weather and he said his whole body is sore.

* Anthony Morrow is starting in Ellis’ place.

* Stephen Jackson made an appearance in the Warriors’ locker room. He is on crutches and his left foot is bandaged. He’s in town for his long-awaited birthday party in San Francisco, which will feature a performance by Snoop Dogg (who is also at the game tonight). Jackson, who turns 31 on Sunday, is in obvious pain. Crawford had to help him take his seat at his locker.

* For the record, Anthony Randolph is not hurt. He sat out almost the entire the second half of Wednesday’s overtime win over Sacramento. The reason? Foul trouble. He picked up his fifth foul in the third and never returned. But he is healthy.