Jan. 20, 1959

University of Southern California grad Bill Sharman began lobbying for the NBA to expand. Specifically, the Celtics guard thought Los Angeles and San Francisco deserved a shot at establishing hoop franchises.

By the way, Sharman had also made it known that he’d be interested in coaching once his playing days were done. And wouldn’t it be great for him to help a new West Coast team set up shop.

There was zero chance that Red Auerbach would trade him anywhere. He finished his Hall of Fame playing career with the Celtics in 1961, winning four championships in 10 Boston seasons.

Sharman put in a year of on-the-job training with the Cleveland Pipers of the American Basketball League, which proved to be a blip on the pro hoop radar. It played one full season and vanished about one third into its second season.

Ultimately Sharman got his wish, though not through expansion. The Lakers left Minneapolis for Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Warriors moved to San Francisco. He did some college coaching before taking over the Warriors in 1966, coached the ABA Los Angeles (and Utah) Stars from 1968-71, then coached the Lakers for five seasons.

He was general manager of the Lakers until 1991.

No one suggested he look for a baseball gig when the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958. He was a Dodgers farmhand from 1950-55.