When it come to the UH basketball situation, I get my info maybe third or fourth hand. But first hand, I’ve had nice conversations with Gib Arnold and Brandyn Akana. They’ve always been nice and friendly to me. Disclosures: 1) I covered Arnold when he was a Punahou student as part of my ILH basketball beat a long, long time ago; 2) I got to know the Akana family while covering Jarinn Akana as part of my UH basketball beat a long, long time ago.
If I only gave an opinion when asked, I’d never be able to give an opinion at all. And since nobody is asking me, these are my choices to take over the team on a one-season-only basis:
> Riley Wallace, of course, because he knows the system, knows local politics and the politicians, has good ideas and, most of all, we all miss G game and an occasional coat throwing.
> Artie Wilson has not only a high basketball IQ,but a high overall IQ, as well. He knows basketball, he knows how to coach, and he has connections in the business world. He also has a successful aura, and I think that’s needed in what’s become a gloomy athletic department.
> Chris McLachlin is Mr. Fix It. He was that way when he coached basketball and volleyball at Punahou. And he’s been that way as a consultant, providing motivational speeches and visualization sessions to UH teams. These are fragile times, and McLachlin, who embodies the slogan “relentlessly positive,” can bring back the positive energy. Plus, he’s a heck of a coach.