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Cavs hire Cal women's head coach Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant coach

Cavs hire Cal women's head coach Lindsay Gottlieb as assistant coach

The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired Cal women's basketball head coach Lindsay Gottlieb as an assistant coach, the Cavs announced on Wednesday.

“Lindsay Gottlieb will be a great addition to Coach Beilein’s and Coach Bickerstaff’s group," Cavs general manager Koby Altman said. "She has an extensive track record of success and growth with her teams and players and has also been a strong culture-driver as a core part of that,” said Altman. “The more we researched and got to know Lindsay, the more we came to understand that she would be an impactful part of where we want to go as a team. Coach Gottlieb brings a depth of basketball knowledge, leadership, perspective and approach to her craft that will fit very well with our team and staff alike. We’re fortunate that she was willing to leave her role as Head Coach at such a solid and successful program at Cal.”

Gottlieb's impressive résumé includes eight years as the University of California, Berkeley women's basketball head coach where she led the Golden Bears to an overall 179-89 record. Those 179 wins are the second-most by any head coach in Cal women's basketball history. She also led Cal to seven overall NCAA tournament appearances, which included the program's first-ever Elite Eight and Final Four appearances in 2013.

She was just the seventh NCAA women's coach to reach the Final Four within the first two seasons leading a program. 

She also holds over ten years of Division I head coaching experience with Cal and UC Santa Barbara, where she led the Gauchos to two Big West Championships. Gottlieb was also named Big West Coach of the Year in 2009.

“I am very thankful, proud and excited to be joining the Cavaliers as an Assistant Coach. After meeting with Koby Altman, Coach Beilein and Coach Bickerstaff, I knew this was an organization I wanted to be a part of and a team I wanted to dedicate myself to,” Gottlieb said. “While this move provided a unique and special chance to move directly from Cal Berkeley and women’s college basketball to the NBA, it was really about being part of building and growing something special and adding value to a team and organization that is focused on doing things in a way that I believe strongly in.”

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According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Gottlieb has also been a frequent visitor to Warriors practices as a guest of general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr.

She joins San Antonio Spurs' assistant coach Becky Hammon as the second woman to actively hold coaching duties in the NBA. Wojnarowski reports that Gottlieb is believed to be the eighth woman to hold either an assistant coaching or player development role for an NBA team.

What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

What shocked Mariners' Sam Tuivailala about Kevin Durant's Achilles injury

It's a sight Warriors fans will never forget. It's the last image they have of Kevin Durant in a Warriors uniform.

Durant being helped off the court in Toronto after tearing his right Achilles in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

On one side was Warriors director of sports medicine and performance Rick Celebrini. On the other side was former Warriors forward Andre Iguodala.

Somehow, Durant was able to put weight on his injured right leg. He didn't need to be carried off the court.

That part blows the mind of Seattle Mariners pitcher Sam Tuivailala, who just returned from an Achilles rupture of his own.

“I saw the play and I was just shocked he was able to walk on it after,” Tuivailala told Jeff Faraudo for The Seattle Times. “When I saw that I didn’t think it was an Achilles because I couldn’t put any type of weight on it. I hope he has a safe and smooth recovery, like I did.”

Durant underwent surgery to repair his Achilles shortly after suffering the injury. Now a member of the Brooklyn Nets, he has a long rehab ahead of him before he can get back on a basketball court.

“I quickly found out it was not a fun rehab,” Tuivailala told Faraudo.

[RELATED: Why Durant picked the Nets]

Tuivailala, a San Mateo native, missed 11 months after rupturing his Achilles last August 8 in Texas. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old made his return to a big league mound against the A's. He pitched one inning and allowed three hits and two earned runs.

Why Doug Gottlieb is very wrong about Draymond Green's place in NBA

Why Doug Gottlieb is very wrong about Draymond Green's place in NBA

There are bad takes, and there are unbelievably horrendous takes.

The one you are about to read is even worse.

Here is what Fox Sports' Doug Gottlieb said on his radio show Tuesday:

"Dak Prescott is Draymond Green. I don't think Dak Prescott to this point is going into the Hall of Fame. And I would say there's a better than decent chance that Draymond Green goes to the Hall of Fame -- and that's mostly because the teams that he's been on have won NBA championships.

"I think if you lined up every NBA player, Draymond Green is probably not a Top 40 guy. He's just not. In terms of his skillset, you can't put Draymond Green as one of your two best players and think to yourself, 'All right, we're gonna go to the playoffs.'

"On the other hand, with the Golden State Warriors he's been unbelievable. He brings value to them, they bring value to him. They're way better off with him than they are without him. He can guard all five positions, he can be almost like their point guard and play center defensively."

We're not gonna include what he said about the Cowboys quarterback because that would be a waste of time.

Let's just focus on the Draymond stuff, as there actually are multiple bad takes here.

First, this might sound crazy, but do you think there's a chance that part of the reason the Warriors won those championships is because, you know, Draymond was incredible?

Second, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year is not a Top 40 player? There's no way Gottlieb actually believes this. He's clearly joking around (I apologize for taking the bait).

Third, if Draymond was the second best player on a team that featured LeBron James or Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard or Giannis Antetokounmpo or James Harden or Anthony Davis, etc. -- that franchise absolutely is thinking, 'All right, we're gonna go to the playoffs.' Duh.

Lastly, Draymond was the Warriors' second best/most important player in 2015-16 (if you argue it was Klay Thompson, I would respectfully disagree), and that squad won an NBA-record 73 games. The three-time All-Star averaged 14.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks, while shooting 49 percent overall and 38.8 percent from deep.

Draymond was named All-NBA Second-Team, was runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year and finished seventh in MVP voting.

In Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Draymond racked up 32 points, 15 rebounds, nine assists and two steals, and might have been named NBA Finals MVP if the Dubs held on to win.

Soooooooooooooooooo, yeah.

Looking ahead to next season, there will be plenty of people who pick Golden State to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2012. Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, DeMarcus Cousins and Shaun Livingston are gone, and Klay is sidelined because of a torn left ACL.

[REWIND: Why you shouldn't panic about Draymond, bet big on him instead]

Draymond will be under the microscope, and assuredly will receive a fair share of the blame if the Dubs falter. Although he doesn't have anything left to prove, it's safe to assume that Draymond will use stuff like Gottlieb's take as motivation.

Mid-October can't get here soon enough.

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