BERKELEY -- Isiah Thomas roaming the halls at Cal, backpack in tow?
Yes, the NBA Hall of Famer is in Berkeley -- just don't expect the 51-year-old to be lacing up the high tops for Mike Montgomery and the Golden Bears this winter.
Thomas is enrolled in graduate school, about 10 units shy of completing his masters degree in Cal's school of education.
"He's been here for a while," said Mohamed Muqtar, who who works in the students services office for Cal athletics and had lunch Wednesday with Thomas and Counting Crows front man Adam Duritz, a long-time Cal booster. "He's very sharp. I really like him a lot. He's got a lot of good ideas."
Thomas played for coach Bob Knight at Indiana, then was a 12-time NBA all-star. He averaged 19.2 points and 9.3 assists as a pro, most of it with the Detroit Pistons.
Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Thomas later coached the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks, then served as president of the Knicks.
He spent three years as coach at Florida International, where he was fired last April after compiling a 26-65 record.