A few tidbits on the Bears’ basketball team:
– Assistant coach Gregg Gottilieb and director of operations John Montgomery have swapped positions. Gottlieb will take over operations and Montgomery will be on the court assisting Mike Montgomery and assistants Jay John and Travis DeCuire for the first time.
Word is Mike Montgomery simply wanted to give his son the opportunity to get some experience as an assistant. Gottlieb is entering his fifth season at Cal, the fourth since Montgomery replaced Ben Braun.
– The Bears began limited official practices on Tuesday in preparation for their August 12-22 trip to Northern Europe. Neither Allen Crabbe nor Alex Rossi was available, but both should be on the floor soon. Crabbe is recovering from a broken nose suffered at the USA U19 tryouts and is expected to wear a protective mask for the short term. Rossi, who missed all of last season with a groin pull and hernia, is close to full recovery, Cal reports. Sophomore Emerson Murray, who had offseason foot surgery to remove a plate, isn’t ready to practice but likely will be OK’d for the Euro trip.
– Dick Vitale has Cal at No. 35 in his preseason Top-40 rankings on ESPN.com. Arizona checks in at No. 17, UCLA at No. 29. Vitale hasn’t unveiled his top-10 yet.