A new report indicates there are apparently two interesting California Golden Bears coaching candidates. Both of these candidates have those solid Bay Area ties, and both are currently on Luke Walton’s Lakers staff. This is via Ben Parker of Cal Rivals:
Brian Shaw & Theo Robertson have been added to the list of possibilities. https://t.co/IM5ddl0uPr— Ben Parker (@slamdunk406) March 16, 2017
Brian Shaw, Lakers associate coach: Shaw would be quite the candidate. He is the former coach of the Denver Nuggets for two years. Shaw has been an assistant coach with the Pacers (2011-13) and the Lakers (2003-11), winning two NBA titles as an assistant. He was also part of the Lakers three-peat as a player. Shaquille O’Neal considers Shaw his favorite teammate.
Shaw has East Bay roots, participating in the East Oakland Youth Development Center, then played at Bishop O’Dowd at high school and originally played at St. Mary’s in college (before transferring to UC Santa Barbara). So there is an appeal in getting a coach with real experience at the professional level as the head of your college program.
Theo Robertson, Lakers assistant/players development: As mentioned before, Robertson would be quite the exciting candidate if you want someone local and familiar with Cal. Robertson has yet to be a head coach, but he was the video coordinator for the 73-9 Golden State Warriors and their NBA championship team in 2014-15.
Robertson was the director of operations for Cal basketball during Mike Montgomery’s final season at Cal, and was the graduate manager the year before. Robertson also was a member of Cal’s Pac-10 championship team. It would be an intriguing hire to say the least.
Cal fans, your thoughts on these two names?