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Daily Madden: The Gym Rat In The Hall Of Fame

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Chris Mullin of the Golden State Warriors looks to shoot in a 1987 game at the Boston Garden. (Dick Raphael/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Warriors great Chris Mullin will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts Friday evening. “If there’s a poster guy for the words gym rat, it would be Chris Mullin,” John Madden told the KCBS morning crew.

“Sometimes when you’re the hardest working, that makes you the greatest too.” Even before college, Mullin tested himself against the best players, in his case on the streets of New York City. “Anyone that goes on to play at a top level in college, and then goes on to professional sports, they’ve done that,” Madden said.

John watched two pre-season NFL games Thursday night, including the Raiders-Cardinals match-up. He said it’s way too early to determine how good a team will be, especially considering the late start due to the labor dispute. “We always want to jump ahead… ‘How they gonna be, how they look, they gonna be in the playoffs?’ Well, we’re just getting started here to figure out how to defend the screen pass.” (8:35)

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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