One of the top names on the Write for California coaching board
Based on his "tears of joy", I would put him in the top 2 candidates. This man has passion and has built a program from the ground up!! With his brother calling donors for money, this is a great combination for Cal.
F' it, hire him now.
This is fantastic news. If you watch the presser after their loss in the tournament, and I watch a lot of pressers, you will be really impressed by how his players speak about each other and him. That's the sort of leadership you need in a coach. Those players speak of how they are truly brothers, and that they learned more about being good men than they did about basketball. That's who we want leading our Bears. The more I see, the more respect and appreciation I have.
Jaylen Brown said he spoke with Cal AD Jim Knowlton about the school's coaching opening and offered his thoughts, including an endorsement for Kennasaw State coach Amir Abdur-Rahim,who has drawn interest. Brown said he's happy to be included in the process. #Celtics #CalBears
May poor WFC family. Even in fleeting moments that we are allowed optimism, so many speak of despair and DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.
Lord Oski: please heal the souls of my brother bears, for they are abused and their souls injured. Forgive them.
Coaching/teaching requires an ability to connect with the students/players, and a disciplined system that gets them to work. Amir is a sincere dude who can get through to players. We would be lucky to have him.
Cal should be on a mission to hire the "best coach possible" rather than a crusade to bring a black coach into the conference. Today the fuggin administration would pass on Pete Newell because he is white and hire a Wyking level candidate because he is black. Think about the players, they deserve the best coach willing to lead this program back from the depths of the sinkhole it is in. Naivete still reigns supreme in Cal's athletic department. Abdur-Rahim needs more seasoning / experience.. School higher Cal, shoot higher.
I wouldn't expect a miracle from him, nor any coach we have a genuine shot at. I think he's a splashy enough hire to feel like we're actually doing something and enough coaching upside to maybe...do something.
At this stage it's about generating excitement to reinvigorate our dumpster fire of a program.
Anybody with a pulse will be a vast improvement over the past 2 coaches. I really like the Abdur-Rahim connection. It just seems to fit.
From a purely emotional standpoint, I kind of hope it's him. I don't know why, just gut instinct. My second choice is Pasternak. If it's Miles or someone like him, Cal basketball is dead IMHO.
Jeff Schultz, an Atlanta based writer for The Athletic (@JeffSchultzATL), is reporting that Kennesaw St and AAR are trying to work out an extension...a few hours ago, he also claimed :
"Abdur-Rahim is not believed to be a serious candidate for the Cal job. But it would still behoove KSU to get him locked up to a new deal."
FWIW. Believe, don't believe.
Oh you're gonna love this...an East Coast source claims Jim Knowlton has a top 4 of:
1. Joe Pasternack
2. Tim Miles
3. Amir Abdur-Rahim
4. Tom Crean
Tom Crean? Is this Knowlton's master plan to get the fanbase behind Tim Miles...float Tom Crean out there, a guy that has failed miserably and been fired from not one but TWO P5 gigs...yikes...just yikes.
Update on the Cal opening: They have their top choices now as Joe Pasternack, Tom Crean, Amir Abdur-Rahim, and Tim Miles. All 4 have interviewed. All in-person with exception of Abdur-Rahim who was over Zoom.
I know Amir's brother is Shareef's brother. What is Shareef going to do for Cal? Send us a recruit or two? What has he done for Amir in the past?
From the SI article and former Cal assistant Billy Kennedy...it sounds like Cal is not the only school interviewing him. I hope we can compete $$$!
A Zoom interview unfortunately speaks volumes...either this hire is going to take a long time, which tells us that Jim Knowlton was STILL somehow unprepared....or AAR is not a realistic candidate, which would suck.
Will be surprised if we hire AAR.