Basketball: Hoops practice gets under way and Montgomery feeling good after 2011 scare

It was just about one year ago when Cal basketball coach Mike Montgomery shared that he’d been diagnosed with bladder cancer, underwent surgery and was declared healthy.

I talked with him about the ordeal and how he views life and coaching as he begins his fifth season in Berkeley.

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Here are links to stories of possible interest:

— Deer Valley-Antioch forward Marcus Lee is at Kentucky on Friday night for Big Blue Madness. Lee will visit Cal a week from now — and take in the Big Game — before deciding between the Wildcats and Bears. Here’s more on Lee’s trip to Lexington.

— Mitty-San Jose star Aaron Gordon, who took an unofficial visit to Cal last month, is at Kansas tonight for the Jayhawks’ Late Night in the Phog.

UCLA held media day with a campus official monitoring questions about an NCAA inquiry into the eligibility of key freshmen Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson.

— At Arizona, coach Sean Miller expects “great things.”

Jeff Faraudo