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Old School

Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

Al Attles’ perfect game

Today is the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. And although Chamberlain’s accomplishment is impressive, to say the least, Wilt was far from perfect when the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the New York Knicks 169-147 on March 2, 1962, at Hershey, Pa. Chamberlain shot 36 of 63 from the field and 28 of 32 from the free-throw line. Chamberlain teammate Al Attles, though, who would go on to coach the Golden State Warriors to their only NBA championship in 1975,… Read More »

Occupy Christmas: Don’t watch sports on TV

Don’t watch any of it on Christmas. Don’t watch the Bears-Packers NFL game at 5:15 p.m. on NBC. Or the Celtics-Knicks NBA game at 9 a.m. on TNT, or any of the other NBA games: Heat-Mavericks at 11:30 a.m. on ABC, Bulls-Lakers at 2 p.m. on ABC, Magic-Thunder at 5 p.m. on ESPN and Clippers-Warriors at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. Spend Christmas with family. If you don’t have family, spend it with friends. If you don’t have friends, spend it… Read More »

When Warriors were truly in golden state

Warriors fans can give themselves a treat today. NBA TV is broadcasting key games from the 1975 postseason — which, of course, ended with the team’s only Bay Area NBA championship. At 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., Game 7 of the Warriors-Bulls Western Conference finals will be shown. At 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., Game 3 of the Warriors-Bullets NBA Finals will be shown. And at 1 p.m. 7 p.m. and then 1 a.m. (Tuesday morning),… Read More »

Next Warriors coach: Why not Tara VanDerveer?

Let’s have some tongue-in-cheek fun and imagine some truly old-school candidates for the Warriors coaching job: Tara VanDeveer. She has coached Stanford women’s teams to 19 Pac-10 titles, 23 NCAA Tournament appearances, including nine Final Fours, and two national championships. VanDeveer, 58 next month, gives the Warriors an excellent reason to make history and break the last socially significant barrier in professional sports — the gender barrier.

Next Warriors coach: Why not Pini Gershon?

Let’s have some tongue-in-cheek fun and imagine some truly old-school candidates for the Warriors coaching job: Pini Gershon, 59, the longtime and wildly successful Israeli coach, was described by euroleague.net as “charismatic, smart and ambitious .<TH>.<TH>. not only one of the best European coaches of his time but he is also a one-of-a-kind character who is always fun to have around.” Sounds like Don Nelson with an accent.

Next Warriors coach: Why not Chris Mullin?

Let’s have some tongue-in-cheek fun and imagine some truly old-school candidates for the Warriors coaching job: Chris Mullin. He was a Hall of Fame player with the Warriors, including 33 playoff games, and a two-time Olympic gold-medal winner. In 2007, when the Warriors last made the playoffs, Mullin was the team’s general manager. Mullin as coach would give him a unique franchise triple crown.

Next Warriors coach? Why not Al Attles?

Let’s have some tongue-in-cheek fun and imagine some truly old-school candidates for the Warriors coaching job: Al Attles. Have you seen Attles lately? At 74, the Warriors community relations director looks fit. And he’s right there in the building. Warriors ownership wouldn’t even have to pay moving costs. Attles has the experience of having coached the only Warriors’ team to win the NBA title. Granted, that was 36 years ago. Still.

Role models for NFC West, part 6

Maybe you think the 49ers and the rest of the NFC West are pitiful. Maybe you’re outraged at the thought that the NFC West “champion” can make the playoffs, even with a non-winning record. OK, but there have been underachieving teams in pro sports that suddenly overachieved in the postseason and gave fans quite a show. For example: 2007 Golden State Warriors. Don Nelson returned as coach, and the team returned to the postseason for the first time in 13… Read More »

When Mieuli spoke at SF State

Former Warriors owner Franklin Mieuli died on Sunday, at 89. I remember the one time I got to see, and hear, Mieuli up-close and personal. I was taking a sportswriting class at San Francisco State University in 1976, a class taught by Murray Olderman, a distinguished sportswriter and sports cartoonist. Besides being a wonderfully supportive teacher, Olderman brought in an impressive array of speakers. One day he brought in Al Davis. Another time he brought in Bay Area broadcasting legend… Read More »

Advice to new Warriors owner

It seems many fans want the new owner of the Warriors — whoever that turns out to be — to make all kinds of grand, sweeping changes: new coach, new GM, lots of new players, maybe even new beer vendors. The first change I want to see is the team’s name. I don’t mean “Warriors.” That’s a fine name for a sports team. Virile. I’m talking about the “Golden State” part of the name. It’s gotta go. Owner Franklin Mieuli… Read More »