- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 12, 2009

From combined dispatches

The Golden State Warriors let go executive vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin nearly a year after the former star player apparently lost his authority to run the troubled franchise.

Mullin will be replaced by Larry Riley, the longtime assistant to coach Don Nelson.

Riley was announced as the Warriors’ general manager Monday in a statement by team president Robert Rowell, whose rise in the Warriors’ power structure mirrored Mullin’s fall in recent years.

Mullin’s contract won’t be renewed after it ends June 30, but the former U.S. Olympian and St. John’s star has been on the outs with Rowell for much longer. They publicly disagreed on two important decisions last year, with Rowell getting his way both times.



76ERS: Philadelphia interim coach Tony DiLeo has withdrawn his name from consideration for the permanent coaching job.

Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski said DiLeo decided to return to his old job as senior vice president and assistant general manager. He said the search for a replacement will begin immediately.

DiLeo replaced Maurice Cheeks after the Sixers stumbled to a 9-14 start. They went 32-27 under DiLeo to earn a playoff spot.

Despite the improvement, the 76ers looked lethargic late in the season before getting bounced from the playoffs by Orlando in the first round. After the playoffs, some players offered only lukewarm endorsements of DiLeo.

LAKERS: Forward Lamar Odom is listed as questionable for Tuesday night’s Western Conference semifinal Game 5 against the Houston Rockets after an MRI and CT scan showed he has a bruised lower back.

Odom left Sunday’s 99-87 loss with back spasms in the third quarter. He was hurt when he drove into the lane and collided with Shane Battier, landing hard on the court.

He remained face down, writhing in pain, for about a minute before slowly rising to his knees, then got up and made his way down the court. He was called for a charging foul and then was given a technical after jawing with an official over the call.

He had two points and six rebounds in about 25 minutes.

RAPTORS: Jay Triano signed a three-year contract to coach Toronto, dropping the interim tag after taking over the team during the season.

Triano was promoted Dec. 3 after Sam Mitchell’s dismissal.

The Raptors went 25-40 under Triano but finished strong, going 9-4 in their final 13 games.

“We have gone through an extensive evaluation process and have done a lot of soul-searching internally and came to the conclusion that Jay Triano was the right leader for this team as we move forward,” general manager Bryan Colangelo said.

KINGS: Sacramento plans to interview Paul Westphal this week for its coaching vacancy.

Westphal is the Dallas Mavericks’ executive vice president of basketball operations. His lengthy coaching resume includes a trip to the 1993 NBA Finals during 3 1/2 seasons in charge of the Phoenix Suns, followed by stints with the Seattle SuperSonics and Pepperdine.

The Kings also plan to interview former Wizards coach Eddie Jordan this week.

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