Sunday, September 14, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For September 14th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford----TV, Radio and Print Basketball Analyst---COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management----on twtter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Endorsements----You can be sure in light of all the athletes who have been in trouble in the past few years, that it will continue to be strong vetting of any athlete that companies sign to major endorsement deals.

Of course, no one can be certain and mistakes are made when you try and judge how a person will be in one year, two years or ten years, but there is a reason why Nike was more than willing to match the offer Kevin Durant got from Under Armour to represent their company. Durant just appears at present and hopefully in the future that he gets it and understands what it is to be a much admired athlete.

The bottom line also is that just like in life, there are so many more good people than bad people in the business of sports, but we just never hear much about these people or the great things they do. As well, it for sure does not excuse any bad and horrible behavior.

Scheduling----It is great to hear that Gonzaga and Washington will resume their rivalry in men's basketball during the 2016-17 season. Surprisingly and sadly, the teams last played in 2006. In the all time series, Washington leads 29-14, but equally as important Gonzaga has won eight of the last nine games the teams have played.

Sticking with the Bulldogs, it is also good to note they will play UCLA at Pauley Pavilion this year on December 13th and the Bruins will return the favor in 2015, playing in Spokane on December 15th.

Speaking of schedules, the Pac-12 league schedule for 2014-15 is not out yet, but we do know that Oregon State will play in Portland on December 6th against the Portland Pilots. It seems to many that it is important for the both Oregon and Oregon State to make appearances in Portland, Oregon as often as they can.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For September 10th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---Print, Radio and TV Basketball Analyst---twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

More To Come---In light of what has happened in the NBA thus far this summer, i.e. Donald Sterling, Bruce Levenson and Danny Ferry, is there more to come? You had better believe that so many reporters, both in and out of sports are looking to get their hands on inflammatory emails of  videos from an executive/owner about race.

Hopefully it ended with Danny Ferry, but common sense says maybe not. And remember, it was Donald Sterling that first warned us, more is out there and he planned to uncover it all. Well, he does not have the clout or credibility to do so, but there sure are some top journalists who do have that clout and credibility.

Max Hoops---If you are in the Northwest and you would like to send an athlete to a great showcase event, of which plenty of scouting services and college coaches will be attending, take a look at "The Showcase" that Brant Minor is bringing to the Salem Hoop, this weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday. As of this writing players from 62 high schools will be present and that figure is sure to rise.

For more information on The Showcase, you can go to

4 referees---My prediction is that in the next five years, both the NBA and D-1 college basketball games will have 4 referees. It is inevitable, with players getting quicker and stronger, plus the prevention of injuries as a big issue, the push for 4 officials will become a huge issue.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Tanking in FIBA

Teams in FIBA play believe that Australia purposely lose there game against Angola so they wouldn't have to face the USA. Are the USA really that good or Australia really that bad, that tanking may become a problem in FIBA?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For September 7th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford----Print, TV and Radio Basketball Analyst, please follow on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz and @kcsportsmgmt

Ryan Nicholas---It is a going to be great fun to watch the professional basketball career of Ryan Nicholas. Ryan is presently in training camp with Mettelduetscher, a member of Germany's top professional basketball league.

It will just not be the same walking into the Chiles Center, home of the Portland Pilots and not seeing the smiling face of Ryan Nicholas greet everyone with a hardy handshake and friendly nature.

Nicholas, was not just a good player for the Pilots of the West Coast Conference, he was a great player, who gave it his all on every single play of the game both on offense and defense.

That play contributed to the fact that in his four year career with Portland, Nicholas led the team in rebounding three years in a row and twice in a row scoring.

But basketball at the University of Portland was not the only thing Ryan Nicholas excelled at, he also was stellar in the classroom, evidenced by the fact he captured three consecutive all conference academic honors.

In covering Nicholas while playing for the Pilots, I was often told by opposing coaches that they were always concerned with stopping and controlling Ryan Nicholas, if they were to beat the Pilots. It was so true and not just coaching hype. Nicholas more than likely never got the credit he deserved while playing for the U of Portland by the fans and certain media, but for sure anyone who knows the game knew what a special player he was while playing for the Pilots.

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Greg Crawford Basketball, For September 6th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford----COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management  @wchoops @kcsportsmgmt @crawssportsbiz

The Battle Of L.A.----In the past couple of years, there is no question that the Los Angeles Clippers have been a better team than the Los Angeles Lakers. Of course, the Clippers have gotten all the attention as of late, sometimes for the wrong reasons as well.

But a look at the business side, what professional team really does own the city?

The Lakers have the largest local TV deal in not only the NBA, but all of sports in the United States. In the 2012-13 season, the Lakers started a 20 year contract with Time Warner Sports, which brings them in annually $200 million per year. That figure helps the Lakers attain an estimated valuation of its franchise at just over $1.4 billion per the Crawford Sports Biz Index.

When Steve Ballmer recently bought the Clippers for close to $2 billion, the Crawford Sports Biz Index had the team valued at $610 million. The Clipper's sale is the perfect snapshot of why many times the sale of sports team are often "personal attraction" buys, rather than solid business decisions, but with that said, sometimes they can be great investments, but it takes years. For the record the Clippers do not even rank in the top 20 of the NBA at present for local TV deals.

Some other NBA TV deals of note:

New York Knicks------Annual deal with MSG Sports, $39 million per year.

Cleveland Cavaliers----Annual deal with Fox Sports Ohio, $25 million per year, set to expire in 2015-16 and now with LeBron in the fold, let the bidding begin.

Miami Heat----The Heat TV deal expires in 2018 with Sun Sports, at present it is $20 million.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For September 3rd, 2014

By Gregory Crawford----TV, Print and Radio Basketball Analyst @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Chris Haynes----A big hearty congrats to Chris Haynes on his leaving Portland, Oregon to become a the new NBA beat writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. What an assignment, covering the best player in the game today, LeBron James.

This move is no fluke. I personally know the work ethic of Chris Haynes and it is off the charts. No journalist in Portland, Oregon has broken more stories than Chris Haynes and no one should be shocked he beat out over 1,000 candidates to get this premium job.

My prediction, this will not be the final stop for Chris Haynes,  he is destined for future stardom, big time  assignments covering the NBA.

Here is something you might not know about Chris Haynes, or never get to see. Me being north of 60 in age, Chris was always concerned about how people would treat me both personally and professionally. Chris Haynes was raised properly, respect the dignity of people who were older than himself and always care for them. Many young people could learn lots of lessons about life and respect from Chris Haynes, that is why he is a star person, both professionally and personally.

Oregon State----Later this week, I will have some thoughts of just how great Wayne Tinkle can be as the head coach of the Oregon State Beavers. On paper he is off to a good start, of course paper is only good too write on.

Gonzaga---Is this the year the Bulldogs finally make the Final Four? I say, YES, they have a great team and great guards. You must have great guards in today's game of basketball to get to the Big Dance.

Arizona State---It was nice to see Arizona State extend the contract of Herb Sendek. He deserves the extension and has done an under appreciated job with the Sun Devils. Even I did not think he would do what he has done in the Valley of the Sun. Sendek's presence in the Pac-12 has made the league better, better is something the Pac-12 always needs.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For August 24th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management  @wchoops and @kcsportsmgmt

The Trade---With one of the biggest trades in the NBA for recent years, now it is important to ask who won? After all, the NBA and all of professional and now amateur sports is about winning.

I would say, that in the trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves, the real winners were both teams. By going out and getting a great player like Kevin Love, a consistent all-pro, it proved the Cavaliers after signing LeBron James in July are willing to go out and get even better, despite acquiring James. The reason for the win by the Timberwolves, was they got young players, who have so much potential led by Andrew Wiggins.

As a reader, what do you think?

Oregon State---The Beavers are not going to win the Pac-12 this year in basketball. But, everything I am hearing about new coach Wayne Tinkle is positive. The Beavers will make some noise in the Pac-12 and this should be a team to watch in future years, as Tinkle builds a program that can be sustainable.

An NCAA appearance is sorely needed in Corvallis, hard to believe the last time the Beavers appeared in the "Big Dance" was 1990.

Greg Crawford On Basketball---It is always fair to say, what do with do with this blog. Well, the answer is pretty simple. We want to give concise, important and entertaining information to our readers. We will always cover in Greg Crawford On Basketball:

1. The NBA

2. The NBA Developmental League

3. NCAA Basketball

4. The Northwest Conference and Cascade Collegiate Conference, including weekly power rankings and the CCC digest.

5. The NWAACC, which is one of the top community college and JC Leagues in the country.

6. In-Depth coverage of the Portland Pilots and Portland State Vikings.

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