LOS ANGELES (APCSN) -- California men's basketball coach Mike Montgomery says he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and had surgery last week that has left him cancer-free.
Montgomery made the announcement Friday at Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles.
The school announced Montgomery's surgery last week, but didn't disclose any details about it.
The 64-year-old coach says he had "high-grade" bladder cancer, a diagnosis he called scary.
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Since the surgery, Montgomery says he is fine and will return full-time to running the Golden Bears' program on Monday. His assistants had been overseeing things since his surgery on Oct. 19.
Montgomery enters his fourth season at Cal. The four-time Pac-10 coach of the year led Cal to its first conference championship in 50 years in 2010. He has led the Bears to the postseason for three consecutive seasons.
Montgomery enters the 2011-12 season, the 30th overall in his collegiate coaching career, with a 611-281 (.684) record.
Warriors rookie Jordan Bell made an instant impact for the team this season. But as of late, his playing time has dwindled. In four of the Warriors' last five games, Bell has been inactive.
“It's just the life of a rookie,” Bell said to The Athletic. “That's what Steve Kerr always tells me. It's not because I'm playing bad. Just gotta be professional about it and stay ready. It's like being a freshman all over again.”
While Bell wants to be on the court with his teammates, what he appreciates most from Steve Kerr is his communication. Kerr is always honest about when he won't play Bell and he keeps the former Oregon Duck encouraged.
“He talks to me about it every time he sees me,” Bell said. “Lets me know I'm not going to be active. Keep doing what you're doing, you're doing good. But it still f------ sucks. You're playing well and it doesn't mean anything because you're younger. It sucks, but you got to be professional about it.”
Bell has played in 12 of the Warriors' 18 games this season. The 22-year-old is averaging 3.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game over 8.3 minutes per game.
The Warriors bought the 38th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft from the Chicago Bulls and selected Bell. On Friday night, the Warriors, and perhaps Bell, play the Bulls for the first time this season.
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