Bill Walton wants Barack Obama to coach UCLA

Bill Walton, UCLA legend and ESPN broadcaster, is aiming high when it comes to selecting a new men’s basketball coach for his alma mater.

Walton and Dave Pasch had the call Thursday night when UCLA hosted Stanford in its Pac-12 opener and its first game since Steve Alford was fired Monday.

It seemed fitting then that Pasch asked Walton who he thought could succeed at UCLA and what characteristics the next coach should possess.

Walton’s answer was far from expected:

Barack Obama, the 44th president of U.S., is a huge basketball fan and famously made releasing his March Madness brackets into an annual tradition. His brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, played at Princeton before coaching at Brown University and Oregon State. He’s currently the vice president of player and organizational development for the New York Knicks.

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U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the crowd after chipping onto the 18th green as he finishes a round of golf at the Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii December 29, 2014. The President and his family are currently on their annual Christmas holiday season vacation. REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SPORT GOLF)
U.S. President Barack Obama plays basketball with Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (R) as he takes a tour of the exercise activities at the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 14: U.S. President Barack Obama throws out the first pitch before the 2009 All-Star Game at Busch Stadium July 14, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri. The American League beat the National League 4-3. (Photo by Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama plays tennis with tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, one of the activities at the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Barack Obama is photographed playing football on the South Lawn of the White House with the family dog Bo in this handout photo taken in Washington, on May 12, 2009 and later released by the White House.. REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
U.S. President Barack Obama walks to putt his ball on the 18th green at Kapolei Golf Club during his Christmas holiday vacation in Kapolei, Hawaii, December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
U.S. President Barack Obama takes a bike ride with his family on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts August 22, 2015. Obama is on a two-week vacation on the Vineyard. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
US Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) holds onto a rebound during a 3 on 3 basketball game during a campaign stop in Kokomo, Indiana April 25, 2008. REUTERS/Frank Polich (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) attempts to block a shot by personal aide Reggie Love during a basketball game at Fort McNair in Washington, in this White House handout photograph taken on May 16, 2010 and released on June 7, 2010. REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
U.S. President Barack Obama plays with a football in the Oval Office of the White House in this handout photo taken in Washington, April 23, 2009 and later released by the White House. REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout (UNITED STATES POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
U.S. President Barack Obama smiles on the 18th green at Kapolei Golf Club with friend Derrell Harrington during his Christmas holiday vacation in Kapolei, Hawaii, December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) is seen swinging a baseball bat as a child in an undated family snapshot released by his presidential campaign, February 4, 2008. Obama, now a 46-year-old first-term U.S. senator from Illinois who would be the first black US president, heads into Super Tuesday's slate of 22 Democratic state primaries and caucuses in a tight race with Hillary Clinton to become the party's presidential nominee. REUTERS/Obama For America/Handout (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA). EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.
U.S. President Barack Obama and NBA basketball player Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers play golf at Farm Neck Golf Club during Obama's annual summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard, in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, U.S. August 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) plays basketball during an impromptu stop at Riverview Elementary School in Elkhart, Indiana, May 4, 2008. The Indiana Presidential Primary will be held on May 6. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
U.S. President Barack Obama is photographed playing football on the South Lawn of the White House with the family dog Bo in this handout photo taken in Washington, on May 12, 2009 and later released by the White House.. REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
U.S. President Barack Obama plays golf with British Prime Minister David Cameron at The Grove golf course in Watford, England April 23, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) chases an errant ball as he plays basketball during an impromptu stop at Riverview Elementary School in Elkhart, Indiana, May 4, 2008. The Indiana Presidential Primary will be held on May 6. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
U.S. President Barack Obama celebrates after chipping in on the 18th green to end his round of golf with friends at the Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Barack Obama gets hit on the head by a rebound while playing basketball, an exercise activity during the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House in Washington April 6, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 12: U.S. Senator for Illinois, Barack Obama, throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of Game Two of the American League Championship Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on October 12, 2005 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) competes for a loose ball with Ja'Rob McCallum (L) and Kory McKay (R) as he plays in a 3 on 3 basketball game during a campaign stop in Kokomo, Indiana April 25, 2008. REUTERS/Frank Polich (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
U.S. President-elect Barack Obama greets people after playing basketball at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 30, 2008. Obama graduated from Punahou in 1979. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES)
President Barack Obama shoots a basketball on the White House South Lawn basketball court in this handout photo taken in Washington, March 6, 2009 and later released by the White House. REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout (UNITED STATES POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) plays basketball at Fort McNair in Washington in this handout photo taken in Washington, May 9, 2009 and later released by the White House. REUTERS/Pete Souza/The White House/Handout (UNITED STATES POLITICS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
U.S. President Barack Obama plays basketball during the annual 2010 Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, April 5, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
US President Barack Obama bikes with his daughter Malia at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on August 15, 2014 during their annual summer vacation on the island. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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Obama doesn’t have any strong ties to UCLA, or coaching for that matter, and Pasch pointed out Obama wouldn’t be in the discussion. It didn’t stop Walton from pursuing it.

“Well you keep saying that, but why? Why are you so negative?” Walton said. “… I’m sticking with Barack Obama until he says no.”

UCLA defeated Stanford, 92-70, under interim coach Murry Bartow. No word yet from Obama, who is likely busy enjoying his premiere on the Billboard charts.

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