Former great on the court is a great person off the court!
I happened across an interview of him at halftime of a G League game here in DC earlier this week. Seems like a very thoughtful guy. Actually tried to answer the question instead of just spouting some generality. At some point the talk turned to weather and the interviewer made some reference to him and California. Shareef said he was from Atlanta and referred to his time "at Berkeley." I'm not reading anything into it but found it interesting he referred to Berkeley and not Cal.
Can he coach?
I have zero complaints about Shareef. He came back in 2012 to get his degree, after his NBA career, just like he said he would. Also, what's with the "early entry" comment, none of these guys were early entries, not in hoops. Are you saying that they were perhaps academically inferior to typical students admitted to Cal? Quite possibly, but that's the nature of college sports.
Let's give it up for a guy who had the single greatest freshman season ever in Cal hoops, fulfilled his academic requirements to get a degree, and still supports the university. Go Bears!
Always a bit of grousing and grumbling when it relates to the idea of having early entry types of players at Cal, BUT our early entries have more often proven to be incredible ambassadors to the University. Kidd threw a bag to us and Jaylen is one of more thoughtful and interesting players in the league.
Amazing generosity, especially since Shareef was a one-and-done.