Golden State Warriors defeat New York Knicks, 128-117

OAKLAND - Chris Mullin remains Donnie Walsh's preferred choice to become his top lieutenant - and one day succeed him - although a potential hiring is not imminent and far from a sure thing.

According to a Knicks source, Walsh has identified Mullin, the New York basketball legend, as the person to eventually join the Knicks' front office, most likely as the general manager. The holdup is that the team doesn't have an opening and/or a budget to add another executive.