May 20, 2004
|Warriors radio broadcaster Tim
Roye sat down with Higgins following the announcement.
Higgins, who played seven years with the Warriors during his 13-year NBA career, spent three years as the Assistant General Manager of the Washington Wizards (2000-01 to 2002-03), working under Michael Jordan and Wes Unseld. Prior to joining the Wizards, he served a six-year stint as an Assistant Coach with the Warriors (1994-95 to 1999-00). Overall, the Fresno State alum has accrued 21 years of NBA experience as a player, coach and executive.
“We are pleased to add someone of Rod's caliber to our Basketball Operations staff,” said Rowell. “He provides all of the necessary qualities to be successful - experience in several capacities, dedication, class and, of course, he's familiar with the organization. Overall, we think we've assembled some very solid leadership with he and Chris Mullin, one that will help this organization get to the level that it needs to on the basketball court.”
“I'm excited to work with someone that I'm very comfortable with as both an executive and person,” said Mullin. “Rod and I have developed a tremendous relationship over the years - dating back to our days on the court - and I couldn't think of a better individual to have as a confidant as we move forward.”
Originally a second round choice of the Chicago Bulls in the 1982 NBA Draft (31st overall), Higgins concluded his 13-year NBA career boasting career averages of 9.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 779 games. In addition to the Warriors and Bulls, he also spent time with Cleveland, Sacramento, Seattle, San Antonio and New Jersey.
“I'm happy to be back with the organization that I've spent so much time with during my career,” said Higgins. “The Warriors have always had a very special place in my heart and I'm anxious to tackle the challenge of helping Chris Mullin assemble a team that Bay Area fans can be proud of each and every season.”