Sunday, July 20, 2014

Gregory Crawford On Basketball, For July 20th, 2014

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

Jon Spoelstra's Thoughts On LeBron--- We have already heard the classy comments of Erik Spoelstra, coach of the Miami Heat about LeBron leaving his team for Cleveland.

But how about the thoughts of Erik's talented father Jon Spoelstra, who has been a top flight executive in the NBA with several teams, considered by many to be the greatest sports marketer of all time and now a highly successful author with many best selling books, including "Marketing Outrageously, Redux" and his latest "The Ultimate Tool Kit."

Obviously Jon knows a thing or two about the NBA for many reasons and Gregory Crawford On Basketball was able tonight to get Jon Spoelstra's first public comments on LeBron going to Cleveland.

"I sit back and think about this and only one thing comes to my mind. For four years I was able to see my son coach the best basketball player in the world and see them go to the NBA Finals four years in a row and win the championship two of those four years," said Jon Spoelstra.

"As a father of a coach, that is as special as it gets. Many people never even make it to the NBA Finals or win a title, so I for sure have no regrets. It was a special time, a special NBA run and to have your son coaching that run is just fabulous."

Now you all know, as I have known for sometime, the entire Spoelstra family is nothing but class always, in addition to being highly successful.

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Gregory Crawford On Basketball, July 19th, 2014

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

Big Sky Basketball--- Yes, it is still July, but never too early to start thinking about the 2014-15 basketball season. An early look at the Big Sky promises per usual lots of great basketball. It probably will change in October, but how about some July power rankings for this underrated league. Tell me where I went right and where I went wrong in my very early power rankings.

1. Weber State
2. Eastern Washington
3. Portland State
4. Montana
5. Idaho
6. North Dakota
7.  Sacramento State
8. Idaho State
9. Northern Colorado
10. Northern Arizona
11. Montana State
12. Southern Utah

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Can Kobe, LeBron and Carmelo Work? by Jourdyn Thompson

To many people want to say that these three superstars can not play together, before it's even said that they will join Kobe in a Lakers uniform this upcoming season. If Carmelo and LeBron both agree to play for about 16-17 million per year for 4 years this will happen. Both players want the max and it will feel like they got the max with the Lakers seeing how much money the Lakers earn each year, plus on top of the endorsements each player already has they will be set.  Think about this, Melo and LBJ play with Kobe for two years and then Kobe passes the torch. Now with Kobe off the books they have money to bring in another big player and then that three peat LBJ was looking for will finally happen. If Melo and LBJ takes their talents to L.A. watch out because Kobe will tie Micheal Jordan and then the following season what other way to send Kobe out then by helping him pass MJ with his 7th NBA title? How does that sound?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Gregory Crawford On Basketball, For July 6th, 2014

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

West Coast Conference---Hey, it is July, so how about a little early men's power rankings for the so underrated West Coast Conference. Surely this will change, but it is a good start.

1. Gonzaga
2. St. Mary's
3. San Francisco
4. Santa Clara
5. BYU
6. San Diego
7. Pacific
8. Portland
9. Pepperdine
10. Loyola

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Gregory Crawford On Basketball, For July 5th, 2014

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

Pac-12 Men's BB---Sometimes it fun to beat the Christmas rush, so here is my July power rankings for the 2014-15 Pac-12 men's basketball season. Of course subject to change, but sometimes early thoughts are better than most.

1. Arizona
2. Colorado
4. Utah
5. Arizona State
6. Washington
7. Stanford
8. California
9. Oregon State
10. Oregon
11. Washington State
12. USC

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gregory Crawford On Basketball, For July 3rd, 2014

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

LeBron James----Sometimes it is just great to throw out a reader question and see the wonderful answers in the comment section only please below.

Will LeBron James take a big image hit if he signs with any other team besides the Miami Heat?

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gregory Crawford On Basketball, For June 29th, 2014

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

Lakers---Who would have thought that on June 29th, one of the top 10 iconic sports franchises in history does not have a head coach. Yes the Los Angeles Lakers do not have a head coach, they might not even be searching, but the fact is no head coach.

Lots of talk about Byron Scott being the front runner, but I have learned that some people in the organization would like to see Mike Dunleavy return as the head coach. With the strong ties of Byron Scott to the organization, he still most likely is the front runner, but at the same time you would have to think why has be not been named the coach by now?

It also should be considered that in this day and age of pulling a quick hook on any coach that is not succeeding in the NBA, perhaps no one wants to coach the Lakers at present, who appear at present do not have bright future.

The Big Three---As I have said from day one, the big three are going to return to the Miami Heat and all with long term deals, despite all three opting out. Wade, LeBron and Bosh, all love playing in Miami, they love the organization and they love playing basketball for Erik Spoelstra.

Of course it would not hurt as well if the Heat were to get Chris Lowery, one of the most underrated players in the entire NBA and who now is a free agent.

Marshall Cho----Cho has left his position at the director of operations for the U of Portland under Eric Reveno. Cho is as nice and kind of a person as you will ever meet in sports and for sure whatever he does in his life, he will be a huge success.

Portland State----With the pick up this past week of former Benson Tech star Bryce While by the Vikings, it should bolt them on paper into the top three in the Big Sky for preseason predictions.

The Vikings have had a wonderful recruiting year, they will be a really exciting team to watch in 2014-15 and of course you can always go to a game and "Get Stuffed", as any Viking basketball ticket will allow you to eat as much as you want at any game once again this coming season.

IBL---The International Basketball League will decide its championship on Sunday at 5:00 in Vancouver, Washington on the campus of Clark College, when the two time defending champion Bellingham Slam take on the home court Vancouver Volcanoes.

There will be so many talented players on the floor tonight, but perhaps none more impressive than Vancouver's Andre Murray, just named yesterday the league's MVP for second time, as he won  the award in 2012 as well.

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