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The 49ers’ positionless offense has a surprising influence — the Warriors [Kurtenbach]

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.

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“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.