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CNNSI.com asked if Warriors fans had any opinions on the subject ... and guess what, they did.

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Sports fans love to reminisce over the days where it all went wrong: the wasted draft pick, the tragic trade or the defecting hero. These may not be, by definition, the worst roster moves ever made, but they were the ones that affected us on a personal level. These are the events that caused -- and still cause -- us to sit on our bar stools and lament the cruel twists of life.

What can you say when trading Wilt Chamberlain is only the second-worst deal in franchise history? Here's what CNNSI.com dredged up from the Bay Area: the 1980 trade with Boston that brought Joe Barry Carroll; the trade of Wilt; the Latrell Sprewell fiasco; the trade of Nate Thurmond; the Bernard King-for-Micheal Ray Richardson deal; and finally the trade of Chris Mullin that conceded Mullin would get his championship there.

 

June 9
1980 
Golden State trades C Robert Parish and No. 3 pick (Kevin McHale) to Boston for the Nos. 1 and 13 picks (Joe Barry Carroll and Rickey Brown)
 
  Joe Barry Carroll Carroll's best season in Golden State was 1982-83, when he averaged 24.1 points.
Stephen Dunn /Allsport
In one fell swoop, the
Golden State Warriors built the Boston Celtics' 1980s dynasty. Hall of Famers-to-be Parish and McHale teamed up with Larry Bird to win three titles in Boston, while Carroll and Brown flamed out with Golden State.

At the time of the trade, Golden State was lauded for its bravado. Parish was an unspectacular fifth-year player and the Warriors weren't the only team to think Carroll was a can't-miss. Indeed, the Warriors began the 1980-81 season 11-6.

A Nov. 18, 1980 headline in The Washington Post trumpeted: The Happy Warriors A Rebuilt Wonder; Warriors Can Give Stumbling Bullets Lesson on How to Rebuild; Bullet Opponent Improved by Taking Risks

Of course, hindsight offers us a much better view of the deal.

  Best of the Millennium
New York Daily News -- Dec. 26, 1999
By Filip Bondy

GENERAL MANAGER OF THE MILLENNIUM: Peter Minuit. The Dutch colonial governor edges out Red Auerbach and Napoleon. Auerbach may have traded Joe Barry Carroll for Robert Parish and the rights to draft Kevin McHale, but Minuit exchanged $24 worth of trinkets in 1626 for the island of Manhattan. 


 
Chuck Knox, Oakland, Calif.
The Joe Barry Carroll fiasco was by far the worst trade in Professional Sports History. We still have not recovered, in fact Red owes us at least one ring! 

 
January 15
1965 
San Francisco trades C Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for Connie Dierking, Paul Neumann, Lee Shaffer and cash
 
  Wilt Chamberlain Long before Wilt starred in SoCal, he played in the Bay Area.Hulton Picture Library/Allsport
Financial problems in San Francisco led to the stunning trade on the day of the All-Star Game that sent Wilt Chamberlain back to his native Philadelphia. It remains the only time in NBA history that the league's leading scorer has been traded during the season.

Wilt was in his prime -- 28 years old and having led the league in scoring in each of his first five seasons. He made it six in a row at 34.7 points per game. The Warriors, 48-32 the year before the trade, plummeted to 17-63.

In his first full season with Philadelphia, Wilt picked up his seventh straight scoring title. In his second full season there, the 76ers won a then-record 68 games and Wilt claimed his first NBA title ... beating the rebuilt Warriors in six games.

 
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  • Wilt: Center of Attention 
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    Shaffer never played a game for the Warriors, and Dierking was traded before the next season. Neumann, a Stanford product, put in 2 1/2 seasons with the Warriors.

     
    December 1
    1997 
    Golden State places G Latrell Sprewell on the suspended list indefinitely
     
      Sprewell, Carlesimo Can't we all just get along? The friction between Sprewell and Carlesimo tore the Warriors apart. Otto Greule Jr./Allsport
    In one moment of rage,
    Latrell Sprewell scarred coach P.J. Carlesimo's neck, irrevocably trampled his own reputation and gave the Warriors organization yet another black eye. Then, when it became apparent that the club would support Carlesimo, whom Sprewell claimed to be an unfair and abusive taskmaster, Golden State fans knew they would lose their All-Star player.

    Just over a year later, Sprewell was traded to the Knicks for John Starks (no teacher's pet, either), Chris Mills and Terry Cummings. Carlesimo was relieved of his duties in Golden State 11 months after that.

    Sprewell was back in the All-Star Game in 2001. No Warriors were.

     
    September 3
    1974 
    Golden State trades F Nate Thurmond to Chicago for F Clifford Ray, a draft choice and cash
     
    Ultimately, this trade worked out for the Warriors, who got 9.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game out of Ray that season en route to their only NBA championship since moving out West. That title run, by the way, included a seven-game victory over Thurmond and the Bulls in the Western Conference finals.

    But that wasn't until May. In September, when the trade happened, Golden State fans howled in protest at the thought of watching another future Hall of Famer being shipped out in favor of the flavor of the month. Thurmond had played his first 11 seasons with the Warriors, and he was the heart and soul of the team while averaging at least 16.3 points in every season except his first and last there.

    By the time he got to the Bulls, his knees were shot and he averaged only 7.9, 4.4 and 5.5 points in his three seasons in Chicago. Ray, meanwhile, put in seven productive seasons with Golden State.

     
    October 22
    1982 
    Golden State trades G Bernard King to New York for G Micheal Ray Richardson and a 5th-round pick
     
      Bernard King Bernard King was still scoring 28 ppg for Washington five years after Richardson was exiled. Ken Levine /Allsport
    At one point, Bernard King and Michael Ray Richardson were considered equal risks. Both battled substance abuse issues and were known for missing the occasional team bus.

    After the Knicks went from 50 wins in 1980-81 to 33 in '81-82, Richardson made his famous assessment of: "The ship be sinkin'." In October, the Knicks shipped Richardson to Golden State for the equally mercurial King.

    Richardson lasted only 33 games for the Warriors and ultimately was banned from the NBA for repeated drug offenses. King got himself together long enough to become one of the league's most dangerous scorers and earned two All-Star appearances. He lead the league with 32.9 points per game, the only Knick ever to top the charts.

     
    October 12
    1997 
    Golden State trades F Chris Mullin to Indiana for C Erick Dampier and F Duane Ferrell
     
    Nobody figured
    Chris Mullin would be with Golden State all that long. An All-American and Olympian out of St. John's in 1984, Mullin had "Knicks" written all over him.

      Chris Mullin Chris Mullin played 787 games in his first stint with Golden State ... but only 33 playoff games.Tim DeFrisco /Allsport
    Twelve seasons later, Mullin was in the Warriors' top 10 in 17 of the 20 major offensive categories, including first with 787 games played. More importantly, Mullin overcame an alcohol problem and became the team captain of a franchise famous for its instability.

    For all that, he played in 33 playoff games.

    In a last-ditch effort to get Mullin a ring, the Warriors sent him to Indiana for a couple of big bodies before the 1997-98 season. Mullin played mostly off the bench as the Pacers lost in the conference finals twice before losing to the Lakers in the finals last year.


     
    SI Then and Now
  • Chris Mullin 
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    When the Pacers started to retool this past offseason, Mullin once again was at a crossroads. But instead of a long-awaited homecoming to New York, he opted return to Golden State this season.

    Rare loyalty indeed.


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