SANTA CLARA — There’s an alternate universe where 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan followed a different dream in a different sport.
“Basketball was my favorite,” Shanahan said of his childhood. “I always loved basketball. I think those are the best athletes, they’re the most fun to watch.
“That’s the one I wish I could have played.”
Alas, Shanahan — in no small part because of his lineage (his father, Mike, is a two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach) — was better suited for football.
But you can see the influences of those lost hoop dreams in the way his football teams play.