Mully checks his ego at the door 

It takes a massive ego to run a professional sports team. And those with massive egos typically aren’t fond of admitting to mistakes.

Fortunately for Warriors fans, Chris Mullin is one of the rare executives who knows when he’s committed a forehead-slapping sin and, more important, is willing to cop to it by trying to make amends.

Mullin, since taking over the reins, has made four colossal mistakes. Three were the outrageous contracts given to Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy and Adonal Foyle, and one was the hiring of coach Mike Montgomery.

He erased one of them in August by dumping Montgomery and bringing back Don Nelson. And with Wednesday’s fleecing of the Indiana Pacers, who took on the contracts of Dunleavy and Murphy while surrendering two far superior players, Mullin erased two more.

It’s probably asking too much of Mullin to make the Foyle blunder go away. But hey, if he sold Pacers prez Larry Bird on the chronically underachieving Dunleavy and Murphy, maybe he can sell another former original Dream Team pal — Michael Jordan must have SOME pull with the Charlotte Bobcats, right? — on a never-achiever.

This isn’t to say Dunleavy and Murphy can’t play. But it’s been made painfully clear that they can’t play consistently in Nelson’s unorthodox system. Truth is, they’ll probably fit in nicely in Indiana. Bird is no dummy, and both players should benefit from a change of scenery and the more traditional style of play they favor in the Hoosier State.

Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson, though, are flat-out better than Dunleavy and Murphy right now. And they both have skill sets that mesh with what Nelson does and the Warriors need.

You think Baron Davis isn’t licking his chops at the thought of having someone like Harrington to feed? Of course he is. And when Harrington is occupied at the end of one of Davis’ bull-rushes into the paint, Jackson will be literally waiting in the wings to take the kick-out and make something happen.

Jackson has some baggage, to be sure, but he’ll also benefit from a change of scenery, and he’s the kind of tenacious, intense defender that the pre-trade Warriors had precious few of.

Granted, giving up Ike Diogu might end up hurting one day, but that’s certainly no lock. And getting a solid backup point guard who hits 92 percent of his free throws, Sarunas Jasikevicius, will certainly pay off for the Dubs sooner than they’ll feel any Diogu pain.

Nice work, Mully. Thanks to your ego-check, the Warriors are a far better team today than they were yesterday, with a much better coach than they had five months ago. The playoff drought ends this year.

Mychael Urban is the author of "Aces: The Last Season On The Mound With The Oakland A’s Big Three — Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito" and a writer for

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