Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 31st, 2014

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

NBA--- The latest and hopefully greatest Crawford's NBA power rankings. Really hard to do, but someone has to do it as we head to 2015.

1. Golden State
2. Portland
3. Chicago
4. Memphis
5. Toronto
6. Atlanta
7. Houston
8. Washington
9. Clippers

 Basketball Wishes---- Here are few wishes from Crawford for 2015 in regards to the great game of basketball.

1. Hoping Gonzaga for the first time ever will make the Final Four. One of the greatest fan bases in all of basketball and one of the biggest disappointments over and over in post season play.

2. Hoping Gregg Popovich, will play his regulars in regular season games. I know people think it is cute, but it also cheats the fans and it really makes you think hard about all those championships, were they really earned. San Antonio is a great city and franchise, but I never feel good about this Popovich style of resting players. The NBA is an entertainment league and always should be.

3. Hoping Danny Miles, the iconic coach of Oregon Tech will soon join the Basketball Hall of Fame. Not sure what else he needs to do, 1,000 wins should get you in automatically.

4. Change college basketball rules, they are diminishing the game at a rapid rate. 1) Less timeouts. 2) Allow pre-game dunking 3) Offense can't call timeout in the backcourt 4) Reduce the shot clock down to 29 seconds.

5. There are many, many more, but last for today. Hopefully more people will get out and attend all levels of college basketball, not just D-1, but all levels both men and women.


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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 28th, 2014

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

NWAC BASKETBALL--- Just before Christmas, I was asked a question by someone I know well, "why do I waste so much time covering the NWAC, it is not that important ?" While most people would take offense to that question,  personally it caused me to think a lot.

I have been fortunate enough to follow basketball closely for 54 years, thanks to great parents who bought me a transistor radio, which was way beyond their budget, so I could listen to San Francisco Warrior games and Laker games even all the way up in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. Obviously, basketball and helping animals, is my first love. It also means as a member of the media, I have been able to see so many key college and professional games live and in person. This year I will see close to 150 college games, live, start to finish.

Although I was late to the party in enjoying these games, my most enjoyment in watching games comes from NWAC basketball and than by no means is to slight other leagues I see, it thrilling every time I watch any basketball game.

I love both men and women's NWAC basketball for many reasons, here is just a few.

1. If I can give NWAC basketball just a slight amount of coverage I love doing it, since their coverage in the mainstream media is pretty much zero.

2. The coaches in the NWAC are awesome people, as well as basketball coaches. Many have been at their respective schools longer than 10 years, showing their dedication not only to basketball, but helping shape the lives of young men and women way beyond the basketball floor.

3. I also admire the players. Some are on their last stop of playing organized basketball, some are struggling in the classroom to make it, some are great students, but one thing always stands out, they give it their all each and every day, which means lots.

4. NWAC basketball truly is a pure form of the great game of basketball and if you have not watched a game, if you go to one game, you will return.

So NWAC Sports basketball players, coaches, administrators, keep doing what you are doing and I will try my best to keep doing what I do, support you in the media as much as I possibly can.

NWAC Power Rankings---- It is only fair since for the last year I have been doing the Crawford's power rankings for NWAC men's basketball, that I start for women's basketball doing the same thing. So here is the first ever women's edition. For those of you new to Crawford's power rankings, I always do things in 9s,  out of respect for another big love, the game of golf.

1. Umpqua
2. Centralia
3. Treasure Valley
4. Clackamas
5. Walla Walla
6. Blue Mountain
7. Spokane
8. Olympic
9. Clark

Clackamas CC---- Hope you can make it in your plans in the next 3 days to attend a great basketball tournament at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, Oregon. You will not only see great basketball, but you will also see plenty of 4-year college coaches looking at potential players for their teams. 8 teams, 11 games, men's college basketball at its finest and thanks Clif Wegner and staff for putting this all together.

Game times today 28th and on the 29th are 1,3.5 and 7. On the 30th, the games will start at 11, 1 and with the championship game at 3:00.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 27th, 2014

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

NBA Out West---- Many Portland Trail Blazer fans and trust me there are many around the entire world,  would love to see on January 10th, after the Blazers complete their longest home stand of the year, 7 games, have the best record in the NBA.

While at present the Blazers have the second best record in the NBA at 24-7 behind Golden State, it is going to tough for Portland to have the best record in the league. During the Blazers' home stand, the Golden State Warriors will also have a great home stand of six games, which will end on January 9th. At 23-5, it will be tough for the Blazers to catch the Warriors, especially since both teams, looking at their opponents could easily run the table on their next combined 12 home games.

By the way, the next Golden State/Portland game does not come until March.

WCC---As I documented yesterday, the West Coast Conference is always great each year and so underrated. It also gets off to a blockbuster start, with Gonzaga visiting BYU today. If the Zags can win that game, they just might run the table in the WCC. Always fun to do some score predictions, so here we go for tonight in the WCC.

Gonzaga 84 @ BYU 81 in overtime

Portland 65 @ San Diego 67 in overtime

Steve Kerr--- Who got the best Christmas present in all of basketball this year. Well it had to be Steve Kerr, when he spurned the Knicks to take the Warriors job. Not to forget the wonderful job he is doing with Golden State.

Clackamas CC--- Each year, actually it is a lot of years, as Clif Wegner is into his 39th year of coaching  high school and college basketball, Wegner puts together a great Christmas tournament at the school where he is the head coach.

This year is no different, as the action gets underway tomorrow, December 28th and runs through the 30th. The games on the 28th and 29th, have starting times of 1,3,5 and 7. On the final day the 30th, the games will take place at 11.1 and championship game at 3:00.

Three days, 11 games, 8 solid teams and if you have not watched NWAC Sports basketball, here is a golden opportunity in Oregon City, Oregon at Randall Hall on the Clackamas CC campus. Plenty of free parking as well.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 26th, 2014

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

WCC Hoops----The West Coast Conference is the most underrated basketball conference in the country. Gonzaga, BYU and St. Mary's get most of the attention, but there are some other really good programs and teams in the league. It is so tough to predict, but someone has to do the work. So here are my predictions for teams place of finish, once league play is done, which by the way starts tomorrow, with one really huge game, Gonzaga at BYU.

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

It is going to be a great race to the finish, especially with the middle of pack and a real chance if Gonzaga wins tomorrow in Provo, they could run the table.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 25th, 2014

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

NWAC Power Rankings--- Merry Christmas and how about a present, at least for a few teams, the 2014-15 debut of Crawford's NWAC Sports Power Rankings for men's basketball. The NWAC is a great league, with great dedicated coaches, so it is an honor to give them some coverage, they so deserve.

There certainly is a strong level of competitiveness when it comes to NWAC basketball, especially with all the great NWAC tournaments and the just completed crossover tournaments, so here we go with our initial power rankings.

1. Bellevue (11-2) The Bulldogs have won the Pierce tournament and then their home tournament.

2. Big Bend (9-3)

3. Wenatchee Valley (9-3)

4. Edmonds (7-3)

5. Skagit Valley (8-4)

6. Highline (7-3)

7. Green River (8-4)

8. Clackamas (6-5)

9. Treasure Valley (4-6) Yes, a losing record overall, but have won four in a row, including winning the crossover tournament at Clackamas, which was loaded with really good teams.

Keep in mind, power rankings are fluid, will change each week and are for entertainment purposes only.

Christmas----More and more coaches I talk with on both the high school and college level, feel that there should be a complete dead period for basketball from December 21st to 26th. They want players with their families, not practicing or playing.

Of course with so much tied up in TV money and beyond, probably is not going to happen, but what do you think?

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 21st, 2014

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

NBA Power Rankings----Here is the latest and now famous Crawford's NBA power rankings. We always do things in 9s, so top 9 below as of today's date.

1. Golden State
2. Portland
3. Memphis
4. Toronto
5. Clippers
6. Houston
7. Atlanta
8. Washington
9. Chicago

Very tough each Sunday to do these, but lots of fun as well. It is a good season for the NBA.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 18th, 2014

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

Today---- If you are in the Portland metro area, there will be some great basketball going on today at Clackamas Community College. The games start at 1:00 pm, last all day and the same schedule will take place tomorrow, with Saturday games being at 11,1 and the championship game at 3:00.

This one of the great NWAC Sports Crossover tournaments, 8 really good teams in this one and you can stay all day for the price of one game.

Beavers---- Big test for Oregon State Beavers tonight, as DePaul comes to Corvallis. Under Wayne Tinkle, Oregon State is on a great roll. I love predicting scores, so here go for tonight:

Oregon State 62 DePaul 59

Portland---- Anytime you can go into Sacramento State and come away with a win, it is great as the Portland Pilots did last Sunday. Then last night, a tough loss for the Pilots at UNLV in overtime. I would say it was a successful road trip and a confidence boost for the Pilots.

Portland is next at home on Saturday night, 7:00 against, Montana State.

Popovich---- I do not agree in the least how Gregg Popovich rests players during the year. It is bad for the NBA, as Dwight Jaynes wrote this week and it is bad for the game of basketball.

Are all those championships the Spurs won, really legit, compared to other multi championship teams in the NBA, who always played their stars. I love San Antonio and its people, great sports fans, but I do not agree with Popovich resting stars, it cheats the fans, it is bad for the game and last but not least Adam Silver should address it.

NBA tickets are expensive and the stars of the league, need to be on the floor each night when the Spurs come to town. End of story.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 14th, 2014

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

Coach of Year---- Hey, they never vote for coach of year in NCAA D-1 college basketball during December, but it is fun to think about if the voting took place today, the facts are that three west coast coaches would have to be in the top 10. Those three would be:

Cuonzo Martin at California, whose club is now 9-1.

Jim Hayford at Eastern Washington, who has his team at 8-1, with huge road wins at Indiana and San Francisco.

Wayne Tinkle at Oregon State, the Beavers are 7-2. So many so-called experts were saying the Beavers would not win five games all year long.

Yes, the college basketball season is not even half over, but it is always fun in sports to speculate and throw out ideas.

Power Rankings---- Coming soon to Greg Crawford Basketball will be the famous Crawford's power rankings for both the NWAC Sports and combo NWC/CCC.

It is interesting to note as of today, in the ever tough 10 team Cascade Collegiate Conference every team except Evergreen State has a winning record, led by College of Idaho at 13-1 and ranked number 2 nationally. Do not discount Evergreen as well, they are much improved over previous years.

It is a different story in the D-3 Northwest Conference where only four of the nine teams have a winning record, with all four of those teams being only one game over .500 at present. It will make for an interesting NWC/CCC power rankings this week, as I always pick nine teams, will all nine come from the CCC. That remains to be seen this week.

NBA Power Rankings---- Here is my updated to the minute, Crawford's NBA power rankings. Per usual, I always do things in 9s.

1. Golden State
2. Memphis
3. Toronto
4. Portland
5. Houston
6. Clippers
7. Washington
8. Atlanta
9. San Antonio

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 7th, 2014

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

Oregon State---- I was pretty excited when I heard the news this past spring that Oregon State hired Wayne Tinkle as their next men's basketball coach. I have watched Tinkle for many years guide Montana, winning many games that they probably should not have or would not have with a different coach.

After watching Tinkle pretty much will his team to an overtime victory last night on road against the Portland Pilots, I am even more excited about the future of Oregon State basketball. The victory by the Beavers last night, improved their pre-league record to 5-2. Some so called experts before the season started thought the Beavers would not even win four game all year long.

No, the Beavers will not win the Pac-12 title this year, nor will they go to the NCAA tourney, a place they have not been since 1990. But, the Beavers this year will win some games they are not suppose to in Pac-12 league play and watch out next year.

Oregon State has a top 25 recruiting class coming in next year as everybody knows, but for this year there are two players on the team to watch and could become big time, Victor Robbins and Gary Payton 11, of course the son of Oregon State and NBA great Gary Payton.

The fan base is slowly returning and great basketball is fastly returning to Corvallis, Oregon. Wayne Tinkle is the leader of the pack. or whatever you call a group of Beavers.

Renewed Faith--- My faith was a little bit renewed regarding college basketball fans in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. Nearly 3,500 people showed up last night at the Chiles Center to watch Portland/Oregon State. A small crowd by most standards, but good for Portland, Oregon and a recent history of not supporting college basketball. Plus a lively crowd, divided pretty equally between Pilot and Beaver fans, with the Pilot fans much more louder. Perhaps the Beavers are still in shock of seeing a really good ball club on the floor and thinking they will lose all the time.

Speaking of the Portland Pilots, despite their second loss last night, they still are a really good team, that should have an excellent season. They played last night without Kevin Bailey, their leading scorer.

Scores----My season record has reached 30-20, on predicting NBA scores. So here we go with Sunday's games and of course, for entertainment and fun purposes only.

Portland 111 @ New York 104
New Orleans 99 @ Lakers 101
OKC 120 @ Detroit 99

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 6th, 2014

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

Brian McDermott---- Yes, Brian McDermott is a really good basketball coach, as has been documented by his time as head men's coach at Southern Oregon University since the 1996-97.

McDermott's team plays in the always tough Cascade Collegiate Conference. On Friday night the CCC opened their 2014-15 league season. Southern Oregon traveled to Concordia of Portland to meet the Cavaliers in key game as both teams were ranked in the top 15 in NAIA polls.

It was a great game all the way, living up to its pre-game billing,  with Southern Oregon winning in overtime 78-75, a great win in a conference that is very balanced and always tough for any team to win on the road.

But as someone who has followed college basketball for 54 years and sees over 130 college basketball games live start to finish each year, I saw something else great from Brian McDermott last night, which needs to be noted and is one more reason that makes "small college" basketball really special.

If you have ever walked by a basketball bench on any level after a game, it is usually a mess, scattered with dirty towels, worn out stat sheets and many, many used cups of water. You get the picture.

After the post-game handshakes between opponents last night (of which I continue to say should be done away with), before McDermott left to celebrate with his team in the dressing room, he personally picked up every used cup, stat sheet and towel, leaving his bench looking like it never had been used. Sports fans, that is the definition of CLASS  and it is something I will never forget.

It is always easy to leave a mess in basketball with team's bench and it might not seem like a big deal, but this is a BIG DEAL. We need more things to happen like this in sports, it does count and it does matter. So Coach McDermott, keep cleaning that bench and keep up the class act.

Bryce White--- You have all seen it, it has been all over the world, led by talk on ESPN. This past Wednesday night, White faked a handshake, the stole the ball out of Alec Wintering's hand at the end of the U of Portland/Portland State game and went in and dunked. It was a  rival game won easily by U of Portland. Should White have done this? Probably not, but in let's not get carried away with this and indict White as a bad person, as some have done.

Actually, I laughed about it. I am not taking sides, I love both U of Portland basketball and Portland State basketball. This inner-city rivalry is rather calm as most rivalries go and it needs a little spice. White obviously gave it a little spice on Wednesday night.

As sports fan, we often get carried away with small things, that is because we are all passionate. But White act is not the end of the world, we all have seen things in sports 100 times worse.

Oregon State--- Wayne Tinkle brings his Oregon State Beaver men's basketball team to Portland tonight to meet the Portland Pilots. Tinkle is one of the best things to happen to Oregon State basketball  in long time.

At the same time, this is one talented Portland Pilot team led by coach Eric Reveno. Tonight the Pilots will try to get off to their best start since 1978-79, hoping to run their record to 7-1. My score prediction.

Oregon State 73 @ U of Portland 79

Scores---- This past week I ran my record of predicting NBA scores to 28-19. Of course this is for entertainment and fun purposes only. So here will go with Saturday night.

Golden State 104 @ Chicago 105
Phoenix 121 @ Houston 125
Orlando 99 @ Sacramento 121

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 3rd, 2014

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

Portland State/Portland---- Here we go tonight in my hometown, where I have followed college basketball closely for 54 years.

The men's match up between Portland State and U of Portland is a good rivalry, it will be even better tonight as both teams are off to a fast start and have a combined record of 10-2.

With friends and long time relationships on both sides, it is tough call for me to pick a winner. But someone in the town of Portland, Oregon has to talk about this game, so here is my prediction.

PSU 71 @Portland 72 (in overtime)

Scores----For entertainment purposes only, here are my NBA score predictions for Wednesday night. Always fun.

Lakers 88 @ Washington 93
Chicago 86 @ Charlotte 82
Dallas 110 @ Milwaukee 111

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 30th, 2014

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

LeBron---- There is no question that LeBron James is the best player in the NBA right now and has been and will be for sometime.

Lately I have heard and read that more people saying LeBron is the greatest basketball player of all time. Obviously a lack of history prevails with these people. LeBron in the end might become the greatest of all time, but for my money always, the great basketball player of all time will be Magic Johnson, not Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain, who are closes seconds.

Scores---- Moved my season record yesterday to 21-15 on my NBA predictions. Of course these are for entertainment purposes only, but here we go for Sunday games.

Miami 88 @ New York 87
Minnesota 87 @ Portland 120
Memphis 105 @ Lakers 107 (upset special of the night)

Concordia---- The great streak of Brad Barbarick's Concordia Cavalier men's team had to end sometime and it did last night at 8 games, as a good St. Martins team beat the Cavs in Portland 73-72. The Saints were led by Tyler Copp and Brent Counts. In case you wondering, yes Brent Counts is the grandson of the great basketball player Mel Counts.

Portland State/Portland---- At the very worst as I write this, the combined records of the Portland Pilots and Portland State Vikings would be 11-2 as they come into Wednesday night's big showdown in Portland, Oregon at the Pilots home venue, the Chiles Center.

Today, the Pilots play in Nashville against a tough Valporiso team and the Vikings travel to Eugene to meet the Oregon Ducks.

No matter what the outcome of those games, if you are in the Portland Metro area, you need to be at U  of Portland on Wednesday night, 7:00 tip.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 29th, 2014

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

Northwest Hoops--- There are combined 9 D-1 men's basketball teams in Oregon and Washington and they are off to a fast start as we approach December. Going into games of November 29th, the teams's combine records are 36-11, with some surprises.

Four of the 9 teams are undefeated, U of Portland, Gonzaga, Portland State and Washington. Per usual, Seattle is bringing up the rear, with November record so far 1-3.

One big game to watch out of this group is Wednesday night, the 3rd of December, when Portland State travels to U of Portland.

Turkey Tournaments---- There just flat out are too many basketball tournaments during Thanksgiving week. Remember the good old days of the Great Alaska Shootout and Maui Invite. Now there is nothing short of 20 tournaments, with some games attended lightly to be complimentary.

As I have been saying for years, Thanksgiving is for football and Christmas is for basketball, end of story.

Concordia----Speaking of undefeated, it will be interesting to see if Concordia (Portland) can stay undefeated on their home court tonight, as they host St. Martins, a team they beat a week past. This is an interesting match-up, as Concordia is playing their final year in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, moving next year to the D-2 GNAC Conference. Cavs are looking to run their record to 9-0.

St. Martins is a member of the GNAC. but along with conference member Alaska-Anchorage, both have lost to NAIA member Concordia already this year, actually Alaska-Anchorage has lost twice to the Cavaliers.

Scores---- NBA games are tough to predict, but for entertainment purposes only, my record so far this season is 19-14 and it is going to get much better for sure. Here we go with Saturday night games.

Houston 99 @ Milwaukee 104
Charlotte 76 @ Atlanta 90
Dallas 110 @ Philadelphia 108

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 26th, 2014

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

NBA Power Rankings---- Here is my latest Crawford's Power Rankings for the NBA. Of course I always do things in 9s, cause of my love of golf.

1. Golden State
2. Memphis
3. Portland
4. Toronto
5. Houston
6. Washington
7. San Antonio
8. Dallas
9. Sacramento

Big Sky---- I have been telling anyone who will listen, the Big Sky men's basketball race will be terrific this year. Just small evidence of that, Portland State wins on the road at Pac-12 USC, even more impressive, Eastern Washington ends Indiana's 45 game homecourt non-conference winning streak, by defeating the Hoosiers 88-86 in dramatic fashion.

Of course I love the Big Sky Conference, doing radio shows with both Tyler Geving and Sherri Murrell from Portland State on  weekely basis, but it is with a tinge of sadness when I talk about the Big Sky Conference basketball race on the men's side. Not playing a balanced schedule always brings out a closet champion.

I was really hoping that the Big Sky would be a little innovative when they added a 12th team in basketball, Idaho and play 22 league games. It totally makes sense, as many of the Big Sky arenas are small, teams are not able to attract teams to come and play them at home, so why not more exciting league games.

I have never talked to one single fan in the Big Sky who would rather see a non-league game than a league game.

Scores--- For entertainment purposes only, but on the season I am 17-13. So here goes my choices for Wednesday night in the NBA, with a huge schedule, since the NBA does the right thing and takes Thanksgiving day off.

Portland 99 @ Charlotte 98
Denver 112 @ Phoenix 130
Memphis 101 @ Lakers 104 (upset of the night in the NBA)

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 24th, 2014

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

WCC--- It time for a great and underrated basketball league to have an updated power rankings. Keep in mind that power rankings are fluid, they could even change day to day.

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

In even two weeks these rankings will look completely different, but enjoy and have fun with them for now.

Scores---- For entertainment purposes only, my season record is 15-12, as the NBA is really tough to predict, as many people know. Monday games.

Portland 120 @ Philadelphia 100
Orlando 105 @ Cleveland 110
Indiana 78 @ Dallas 98

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 23rd, 2014

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

LeBron---No one loves basketball more than I do. Having followed the game for 54 years, I am passionate about all aspects of basketball. But, enough is enough. I do not need to know what LeBron eats for snacks, nor do I need to know what kind of toilet paper he likes.

Yes, he is the best player in the game. So my message to LeBron and Cleveland Cavaliers is win more games, as the more the Cavs lose, the more the more we will hear.

The Other Cavs----Speaking of winning and the Cavaliers, congrats to Brad Barbarick and his Concordia Cavaliers on their fast 8-0 start. This is the last year for the Cavaliers in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, as they are moving to the D-2 GNAC Conference next year.

The Cavaliers kept their unbeaten streaking alive on Saturday night, defeating D-3 Lewis and Clark, on the Pioneers home court. Per the L&C stat sheet the attendance for the game was 162. That is sad, when two undefeated teams play each other, no matter what level, 162 fans watching is pathetic.

"Small College" basketball needs to be better marketed and needs more attention. It is really good basketball as is proved every year.

Monday Night----The Portland State Vikings on Monday night will meet the SIU Edwardsville Cougars at the Stott Center in Portland, Oregon.

I was down to Portland State on Saturday and many people thought the game would be lightly attended. My question is WHY? Portland State is really good this year, it is the only game in town that night and if you can't sellout a 1,500 seat arena that is totally sad.

On Saturday another good team, the Portland Pilots took apart SIU on their home floor running their record to 3-0 on the young season.

Keep this date in mind, on December 3rd, Portland State travels to the Pilots, in a game that looks to be the most competitive in years between the two teams.

Scores---Yesterday, I went 1-1 in my NBA predictions, with a season record of 13-10. Of course my score predictions are for entertainment purposes only, but even though I do not bet on sports, I do agree with NBA Commissioner that legalized sports betting is a must in this country. So here we go with Sunday predictions.

Portland 110 @ Boston 105
Denver 112 @ Lakers 115
Clippers 88 @ Memphis 89

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 22nd, 2014

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

Philadelphia---- It is such a shame what is happening in Philadelphia, with the 76ers. The 76ers and previously the Warriors are truly a storied NBA franchise.

A series of missteps by many people have put that franchise into the worst shape in its history. There is a very good chance that Philadelphia will have a crowd this year in March and April that will be shy of 2,000 people. It makes it even a bigger shame in that Philadelphia is a big time basketball town, perhaps the best basketball fans in the country, when you combine professional and college. But who can blame them for not showing up, to watch that junk.

On Monday night the 24th, the Portland Trail Blazers will play in the city of brotherly love. The 76ers tonight play at New York and there is a very good chance they will lose to the Knicks. For sure, Portland does not want to be the first team on Monday night that the 76ers beat this year. That would be horrible for the Blazers, especially with the great year they are having so far.

To add more to the mix, the game will be a far cry from May and June of 1977. when Portland and Philadelphia battled to what was one of the best championship series ever in the NBA, with all the drama that was involved.

The 76ers will be back, but it might be 2025 before they are fully back.

Scores---- I am having so, so year predicting winning scores with NBA games, record stands at 12-9. So here we go for Saturday.

76ers 100 @ Knicks 110
Clippers 107 @ Charlotte 108
Chicago 88 @ Jazz 92

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 16th, 2014

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

Portland State--- It was a big win yesterday for Portland State and head coach Tyler Geving in many ways. Any time a Big Sky team defeats a Pac-12 team that is huge, even better winning the game on the home floor of USC by defeating the Trojans, 76-68.

This quite possibly could be the best team Tyler Geving has had at Portland State, with lots of scoring power and a deep bench.

It also should be said there are some other talented teams in the Big Sky this year, including the always tough Weber State, Eastern Washington and Northern Arizona.

Scores---- It was a big Saturday, going 3-0, moving the season record to 12-6. So here goes Sunday's games, with some upsets included.

Milwaukee 97 @ Miami 103
Houston 111 @ OKC 112
Golden State 99 @ Lakers 102

Kings/Grizzlies---You might not have known, as I did not, when you protest a game in the NBA, it will cost you $10,000. That is what the Kings will have to give up as per their protest last week of their last second loss to Memphis.

Sacramento is saying time should have run out, before Courtney Lee got off his last second shot which started with 0.3 seconds. For all the old time NBA fans like myself, it brings back the day when there were plenty of poor timers at the table, who often really, almost cheated in favor of the home team. Nowadays, with all the technology, it is harder to be wrong.

Like most protests in sports, this will probably go nowhere.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 15th, 2014

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

Pac-12--- A few years past, everyone was laughing at Pac-12 men's basketball. That laughing in many quarters, has now turned to smiles.

Now, certainly one day does not even come close to a season, but the opening day for the Pac-12 teams  was terrific, with all but one team being in action, it was almost a clean sweep of wins, with the only team to get beat, the Washington State Cougars.

It was really impressive to see wins by Oregon and Oregon State. At one time in the Oregon victory over Coppin State, the Ducks went on a 35-1 run, almost unheard of at any level of basketball. For the Beavers, they came back big from a horrendous defeat to D-2 Western Oregon one week past, by defeating Rice by 13 points.

As it has been the past couple of years, the Pac-12 will be a good league to watch this year.

Recruiting----With the signing period for 2015 in full swing for college basketball, the Pac-12 also has something else to smile about.

Of course usually paper is only good to write on, but on paper, the Pac-12 by most rankings had 5 teams in the top 25 of best recruiting classes for 2015. Ironically, the Oregon State Beavers who had possibly their best recruiting class ever, were ranked in the fifth position of Pac-12 teams, behind in order,  Arizona, Washington, UCLA and USC.

It is important as we all know to keep in mind, the games are not played by recruiting rankings, they still are played on the floor.

Portland Metro--- Good night of college basketball in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. Lewis Clark College is hosting their annual Bon Appetit Tipoff Classic, with games at 5:00 and 7:00. with Linfield/Evergreen playing at 5:00 and Lewis Clark/Centinary in the nightcap. The teams will play again on Sunday night, same times, but switch opponents.

Across town at Multnomah University, the always exciting offense of the Lions will host the NWAC Sports defending men's champion, Portland Community College at 7:00.

Scores--- With some squeakers, I moved my record of predicting NBA scores to 9-6 this past week. So here goes my typical 3 games for Saturday night play.

Brooklyn 105 @ Portland 109
San Antonio 98 @ Sacramento 105
Charlotte 110 @ Golden State 130

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 13th, 2014

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

Northwest Conference----One of the great basketball leagues in the country on any level is the Northwest Conference, which has nine teams that are located in the state of Oregon and Washington.

As of late, the Whitworth Pirates have dominated the league, in a fashion that has not been seen since the days of the Ted Wilson coached Linfield Wildcats in the late 60s and 70s.

This 2014-15 season, Whitworth will be looking for its 6th consecutive regular season championship and 9th straight NWC tournament championship. Now coaching the Eastern Washington Eagles, Jim Hayford got this all started and his replacement, Matt Logie has not missed a beat as he starts his 5th year at the helm of the Pirates.

But wait, sometimes all great things come to an end. This is my pre-season power rankings for the NWC, of course which will updated throughout the year as we bring back the now world famous NWC/Cascade Collegiate Conference power rankings. For today, here is my,  without playing a regular season game power rankings for the NWC.

1. Lewis and Clark
2. Whitworth
3. Whitman
4. Pacific
5. Puget Sound
6. George Fox
7. Linfield
8. Pacific Lutheran
9. Willamette

Enjoy and per usual there will be the Crawford adjustments during the season. Tomorrow, I give you my Cascade Collegiate Conference pre-season power rankings.

Scores----I got off to a fast start with my NBA score predictions, but lately that has slowed and I stand at the season, 7-5. So here we go with Thursday night, which is a light schedule.

Sacramento 106 @ Memphis 107
Brooklyn 110 @ Golden State 129
Chicago 88 @ Toronto 90

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 9th, 2014

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

Oregon State--- If Oregon State fans are going ugly wild over losing to the Washington State Cougars in football on Saturday, I have a little news for them.

It was even worse for the Beavers, losing in men's basketball on Friday night to D-2 Western Oregon. Now I love basketball, I love the "little guys" in basketball, as my history dictates, but never should a D-1 Pac-12 team, lose to a D-2 team, that is predicted to finish fourth in their conference, the GNAC.

Yes, I was one of the first people to jump onto the bandwagon over the hiring of Wayne Tinkle as the Beavers' new basketball coach and in no way am I jumping off the bandwagon. As a matter of fact, Tinkle is a much bigger winner as a college coach, than the beloved Beaver football coach Mike Riley. Tinkle will get it done at Oregon State and will get them into the NCAA tournament very soon, something Beaver fans have not seen since 1990.

In the meantime, no matter how much you have to rebuild, if you are Oregon State, you just can't lose to Western Oregon, under any circumstances. Even though it is billed as an exhibition game, it is one of the worst losses in the storied history of Oregon State basketball.

It will get better Beaver basketball fans, but if you are upset with the football, you need to be equally upset with this loss in basketball and not even equally, you have to downright distraught.

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Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For November 9th, 2014

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

For first time ever, Wal-Mart will dedicate several feet of floor space for college-themed merchandise and apparel starting November 17th.

Over 270 colleges/universities will have their apparel and merchandise in 2,700 Wal-Mart stores during the holiday season. Annually, the business of college apparel and merchandise tops $3 billion. Can we help you find the school you root for?

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 8th, 2014

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

Sacramento Kings--- It it time, perhaps it is overtime. Sometimes things are slow to change and of course there is still plenty of resistance from people all over, that the fact the Sacramento Kings might just have turned the corner in the NBA and have become a solid team.

Going into Saturday, the Kings have lost once in 6 games, with some impressive road wins, including last night's double overtime win at Phoenix. Of course you must also look at the home win against Portland, a team that is playing some of the best basketball in the NBA.

It would be fun and nice to see a good team in Sacramento, a team that has some of the most loyal basketball fans in the entire NBA.

Scores---- Once again it is time to pick some scores for tonight in the NBA. Being a non-bettor, this is always fun and I look forward to your picks in the comment section.

I am 5-4 on the season, need a big day today hopefully. So in saying that, I am going with some upsets.

Portland 101 @ Clippers 98
Golden State 113 @ Rockets 109
Memphis 88 @ Bucks 89

There you go, never afraid to go out on limb, with 3 upsets.

College BB---- It is a huge day of college basketball in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. In keeping with tradition, here are few score predictions of games locally.

New Hope 113 @ Multnomah 120   Tipoff 2:00 PST free food with all paid admissions

Linfield 71 @ Portland State 119     7:30 tip free food with all paid admissions

Concordia-Irivine 89 @ Portland 101 7:00 tip and free admission for everyone attending

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 2nd, 2014

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

Scores---- It is always fun to predict scores, I have always enjoyed doing it and even better, I do not bet on anything, just a fun thing to do and so far this year, I am 5-1 on my NBA scores. So here goes 3 games for Sunday.

Charlotte 97 @ New York 94
Sacramento 103 @ Clippers 117
Golden State 132 @ Portland 134

Concordia----Congrats to Brad Barbarick and his Concordia Cavaliers on winning their season opener over British Columbia, 62-61. Next up for Concordia, will be a Wednesday night game against Curt Bickley's Multnomah Lions, at home, 7:30 tip time. Coach Bickley and Barbarick will be on the Portland Metro Small College Hoops Show tonight, 9:30 PST. To listen,

Clackamas CC----Congrats to all the people at Clackamas CC who work so hard to put on a great show for their annual jamboree. Yesterday was the 21st year for this event, well done with 10 teams and we will discuss it tonight with head men's coach Clif Wegner on the Portland Metro Small College Hoops Show, at 9:30 PST.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For October 31st, 2014

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

NBA---- Always important to look at early "statement" games in the NBA. Tonight will be one of those games, as the Spurs travel to Phoenix. Phoenix has been for many years, out of the NBA limelight, but a resurgence is taking place in the Valley of the Sun ever since Jeff Hornacek took over as the Suns' head coach last season.

While this game tonight is not going to make or break any season, it will be well worth taking note of the final score.

Scores----I started the year out 3-0 in my NBA score predictions, so let's keep it going tonight with 3 late games.

Spurs 82 @ Suns 95
Blazers 112 @ Kings 102
Clippers 135 @ Lakers 109

Nov. 1st---- If you are in the Portland, Oregon metro area, there will be some great small college basketball on Saturday.

For the 21st straight year, Clackamas Community College will host their annual jamboree. This year 10 outstanding teams will visit Randall Hall. The games will begin on two different courts at 9:30 a.m. and the day will end around 4:30 p.m. This is a basketball lover's dream day.

It keeps going with fine basketball, at 7:00 p.m. across town Concordia University will host University of British Columbia.   in what should be a great game, between two really good teams.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For October 29th, 2014

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

2nd Opening----- Night number 2 of the NBA season has a full slate of games, no real blockbusters, but here are a few things I will be watching and all fans should be watching tonight.

1. What kind of game will the Lakers put up in Phoenix, after a hard loss to Houston on opening night and another big loss, with the leg injury to top draft choice rookie Julius Randle, which will put him out of action at least several weeks.

2. Derrick Rose is back with the Bulls and just how good will he be this year. One game does not make a season, but a great showing by Rose tonight could be a wonderful confidence boost for him and his Bulls' teammates.

3. The deadline of Friday is looming for the Golden State Warriors to give Klay Thompson a max NBA contract. Just how big of numbers will he put up tonight.

It is always fun to predict scores in any sport and since I do not bet, for sure these scores each day will be for entertainment purposes only.

Tonight's games of which I picked 3 contests.

Chicago 93 @ New York Knicks 79

Golden State 134 @Sacramento 121

OKC 94 @Portland 101

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For October 27th, 2014

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

UCLA--- The Bruins are finally back on their home court at Pauley Pavilion after months of not being able to use the floor, because of extensive water damage from a broken pipe.

The floor is expected to be in full use come October 31st, when the Bruins play an exhibition game against Azusa Pacific. Two years, past, Pauley Pavilion went through a major $136 million renovation.

Adam Silver--- NBA commissioner Adam Silver, will lead off a relay team of 24 men and women, who are former basketball stars in this Sunday's New York City Marathon. The relay is to bring attention the importance of exercise for kids, as each team member will have a young person racing alongside of them in their leg of the relay.

Silver is not in marathon condition, but he does run four to five times per week.

Rule Change--- This is the start of the next few days of rules changes which could immensely help the game of college basketball, which in the past few years is losing both popularity and fans.

(Bring back pre-game dunking. People love to see dunks and it is stupid not to allow it in the pre-game, when it is perfectly fine to do it during the game.)

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For October 26th, 2014

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

D-League---- While everyone is excited for the start of the NBA season this week, many people are also excited for the start of the NBA Development League on November 14th.

The Development League has turned into a tremendous business property for the NBA and as of recent years,  a huge success. With the season starting on the 14th, the regular season will end on April 4th.

18 teams make up the D-League, with all but one having a dedicated affiliation with one NBA team. Ironically the defending champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants is the only team in the league who works with multiple NBA teams.

Starting the 2013-14 NBA season, 103 players with D-League experience were on NBA rosters. That number could rise this year, as final NBA starting rosters for 2014-15 will be out this week.

One of the real highlights of the D-League season is its Showcase event, which is attended by almost every prominent front office person in the NBA. This year, the Showcase moves from Reno to Santa Cruz on January 15th-19th. The Santa Cruz Warriors are the D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors.

Obviously the D-League is great for basketball and another golden opportunity for many players to reach their dream of playing in the NBA.

Small College Hoops----Do not forget the Portland Metro Small College Hoops Show tonight in its usual time of 9:30 PDT on blog talk radio. To listen to this exciting and informative show, the link is

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For October 25th, 2104

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

Klay Thompson----If you were the Golden State Warriors, would you give Klay Thompson a max deal, which would pay him $15 million per year?

The deadline for the Warriors to do as such is this Friday? So far Golden State has been reluctant to even think of it happening, which apparently is causing some concern in the Thompson camp.

Time Off--- After taking some forced time off from writing Greg Crawford On Basketball, cause of some previous commitments, this blog will be back 7 days per week starting today, so please come back often and your readership is greatly appreciated always.

We cover in this blog, the NBA, D-League, NBA Draft, all of four year college basketball and community college basketball. Enjoy please.

Clackamas Community College----If you are in the Portland, Oregon metro area, next Saturday, November 1st will be a good chance to see some great basketball at Clackamas Community College, with their annual jamboree. The action starts at 9:00 am and ends about 4:30.

125 in 120----Last year I saw 137 college basketball games live, start to finish. This year I am going for at least 125 in 120 days. Last week I saw 3 games, 2 at Multnomah University and 1 at Clackamas Community College. I will keep everyone updated as the year goes on.

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For October 12th, 2014

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

Craig Robinson--- Good for ESPNU for picking up former Oregon State coach Craig Robinson as a studio analyst and color analyst on college basketball games this coming year.

I always wonder about the thought process of schools giving contract extensions to coaches and then firing them as Oregon State did with Robinson in the span of a less than two years. Robinson did as well as anyone has at Oregon State since 1990, the last time the Beavers were in the NCAA tournament.

One good thing, by ESPNU hiring Robinson, it will reduce the amount the Beavers will have to payout to Robinson in future years after letting him go.

Shame---- Sports is sports and injuries will always happen. But it was disappointing in my hometown of Portland, Oregon to hear some people almost in joy over the broken foot injury to Kevin Durant. Durant's Thunder play the Blazers in the season home opener in Portland on October 29th.

As I say all the time, if you can't beat a team with their best players playing, then you really are not that good of a team to begin with. Of course this year, Portland will challenge Oklahoma City for the upper tier in the Western Division of the NBA.

Never earn sports show glee over injuries, cause they are coming your way very soon, it always happens.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For October 11th, 2014

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

iPads----You will not see any iPads in the hands of Los Angeles Clipper players this season. Pretty simple reason, Steve Ballmer, the new owner of the team earned enough money to buy the Clippers by having a great career at Microsoft.

You also really have to doubt if any players will have iPhones as well, almost certainly not. It makes sense, although the debate will rage forever, Apple vs. Microsoft in the world of technology.

Heat vs. Cavs----There is obviously not the best of feelings between LeBron James and his former teammates on the Miami Heat. You have to think that Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade have to think they kind of got jilted by LeBron, even though they have not come public with it, but the tension is there. Not one-all to way to seven championships materialized from that famous media conference in the summer of 2010.

Of course two championships is pretty good, as most players do not even win  one championship in their entire career.

Coaches---- We moved closer to my power rankings of coaches. In all of basketball, who do you think are the top five coaches of all time? You can mix and match professional and amateur basketball, as well as both genders.

I will get your started right here:

1. John Wooden

2. Phil Jackson

3. Coach K.

4. Red Auerbach

5. Pat Summitt

Ok, now is it your turn for sure.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For October 5th, 2014

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

AN NBA Finals Team----In the short version, here is why I think the Portland Trail Blazers will be in the NBA Finals this year and eventually lose to the Chicago Bulls in 7 games.

If you really look at the entire NBA, the Blazers' have a winning big time formula, that has won many teams,  many regular season victories and playoff wins.

There is no question they have an experienced and very good coach in Terry Stotts, who seems to have a great perspective on not only the NBA, but life.

There is also no question that the Portland Trail Blazers have one of the top 5 starting line-ups in the NBA with players like Damian Lilliard, Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews, Nicholas Batum and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Of course everyone knows that Lillard and Aldridge are in the top 3 of their respective positions in the NBA depth charts.

It is totally fair to say that no one wins in the NBA without a good bench. The addition of Chris Kaman could turn out to be huge. We have never really been able to see how good Kaman is, because of his constant injury problems. If the Blazers can even get 10 good minutes out of Kaman this year, they will have a tremendously elevated bench.

Another player who has shown signs at times, especially in playoff performances off that bench is Will Barton. He very easily could have a breakout season in 2014-15.

These players also can be very good at times and will help with bench depth, giving NBA quality minutes: Thomas Robinson, C. J. McCollum, Joel Freeland and Allen Crabbe.

Of that group, Crabbe could really become a future star in the NBA, with his ability to big time shots under pressure as he did at California during his college career.

The best might be last. Portland has a great NBA owner in Paul Allen and he has now tasted a championship with his ownership of the Seattle Seahawks, but for sure basketball is his first love and he knows this team has the capability of winning it all and will be supportive when needed.

Yes, they called me crazy 3 years back when I said Damian Lillard would be a super-star in the NBA, enough said. Blazers in the NBA Finals in 2015.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For October 4th, 2014

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

Atlanta to Seattle---- Why not, why not. The Atlanta Hawks last played a regular season NBA game in Seattle, during January of 2008.

Perhaps it is time for the Atlanta Hawks to make Seattle their permanent home. NBA basketball has never been great in Atlanta and that is nothing against the city, it is just plain a fact.

So it is time for Seattle, potential owners to make a strong run to bring the Hawks to Seattle. The team is for sale as we all know, Seattle's potential NBA owners need to make their move. And you know what, I bet the league under Adam Silver would not get in the way.

What do you think?

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Greg Crawford Basketball, For September 28th, 2014

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

D-1 Basketball--- Here are 9 things I will be watching in relationship to west coast basketball this year. Teams on the west coast are getting better and getting much more attention, much better to follow for all basketball fans.

1. Will this be the year that Gonzaga goes deep into the postseason? I think so. I will go far as to say they will be a Final Four team for the first time. Great guards and such a good shooting team should propel the Bulldogs.

2. Although everyone seems to be giving the regular season title in the Pac-12 to Arizona, do not sleep on UCLA or Colorado this year. The Bruins and Buffs are so well coached by Steve Alford and Tad Boyle, respectively, not to forget both UCLA and Colorado have deep benches.

3. Maybe I might be the only one watching this, but anxious to see how Idaho will do in the Big Sky, in there first year back in the Conference since the 60s.

4. Can Ernie Kent bring some respectability back to the Washington State Cougar program? Kent seems to be a perfect fit in Pullman, we know he won big at times during his tenure at the University of Oregon.

5. Oregon State has not been to the NCAA basketball tournament since 1990. That is correct 1990 and it has been so long, Gary Payton was a member of that team. Wayne Tinkle was a great hire for Oregon State and he should bring Beaver basketball back. Already Tinkle has a top 10 recruiting class coming in for 2015-16.

6. Will this finally be the year Cameron Dollar has some success at Seattle University. Dollar was brought in to lead the program back to D-1 prominence and so far his teams have been major disappointments. Seattle U. has an iconic history in basketball, their court is named after Elgin Baylor and you can only hope Seattle U. will have a great year in the WAC Conference.

7. It will be fun to watch the Portland State Vikings and its coach Tyler Geving. Geving is an underrated coach and on paper he has his best roster in his six years at Portland State. They should contend for the Big Sky title, no doubt.

8. Can Lorenzo Romar regain the flash in Seattle with his Huskies? The last two years have not been good for Washington basketball, fans are starting to get a little impatient. Romar is a good coach, good person and almost certainly will bring Husky basketball back.

9. Who will win the NWAACC South. Yes, the NWAACC is a great community college league in Oregon and Washington, with outstanding longtime coaches and great players, many who go onto four year schools. The Southern Division of the NWAACC is always tough, really tough and a fun league to watch for sure.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For September 27th, 2014

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

NBA----As the NBA heads out on its 2014-15 season, here are some issues for all to watch and some things I will be watching for sure.

1. How will the Cleveland Cavaliers do, with the addition of the best basketball player in the game and super star Kevin Love? Will Dave Blatt be able to coach these guys, the way he is expected to do so and also it will be interesting to see how LeBron plays with his weight loss.

2. Is Doc Rivers really worth $10 million per year as a coach. I will tell you this, if you pay someone that kind of money in the NBA as a coach, they better be in the Finals each and every year, end of story.

3. Will these 3 coaches be around in 2015-16. Monty Williams of New Orleans, Mike Malone of Sacramento and yes, Kevin McHale of Houston. It is safe to say, all 3 are on the hot seat.

4. What will the new NBA TV deal be like? Almost certain to be announced soon and will be in effect starting with the 2016-17 season, it will have a major impact on the NBA player's association and if they consider to opt out of the collective bargaining agreement in 2017, as the contract would allow them to do.

5. It will be an interesting season for the Miami Heat. Erik Spoelstra will have his work cut out for him, losing the best player in the world, but the Heat also have a really good club and have lots to prove. Miami will never be bad with Spoelstra as the coach, he is that good.

6. My surprise and somewhat shocking thing to look for in 2015-16 will be if the Portland Trail Blazers can make the NBA Finals. Yes, I am predicting them to play Chicago in the Finals. As well, there is some pressure on Terry Stotts, to move this team further down the line in the playoffs, way beyond the first round, as they are that good.

7. Will NBA players stay out of any kind of trouble? Hopefully they can learn some lessons, as they should from the NFL and beyond.

8. How much of an impact will Phil Jackson have as the leader of the Knicks? It is time for basketball to return to New York City and not Brooklyn, but Brooklyn has the edge.

9. Finally, as I like to keep things in 9s, will we see some movement in 2014-15 to see an NBA franchise back in Seattle before the end of this decade.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball For September 22nd, 2014

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

Scheduling--- Sometimes your schedule can make you the best team, in a highly competitive league such as the Pac-12.

On paper at this point it would certainly appear that Colorado, UCLA and Arizona will be battling for the regular season Pac-12 men's basketball title in 2014-15.

Since the Pac-12 plays an unbalanced schedule, meaning for the novice basketball fan, each team does not play certain teams each year on the road or at home.

Examples of 2014-15 league schedule and how it might just favor Arizona. The Wildcats do not have to travel to UCLA/USC this year and at home do not get Washington/Washington State.

Obviously UCLA does not get Arizona/Arizona State at home, the Bruins do not have to travel to Washington/Washington State.

Colorado will not play Oregon/Oregon State at home, but will not have to travel to California/Stanford.

With the unbalanced schedule in the Pac-12, things are out of balance and you really do not get a "real" regular season champion.

I have covered the Pac-12 for years and have never heard one logical reason why there should not be a balanced schedule with each team meeting every other team both at home and on the road. It just makes sense. It also makes sense to me always that the Pac-12 Network would much rather want to show a league game as compared to Yale at California. (Sorry Yale, you have great academics by the way).

You would think the Pac-12 would want to put their best product on the floor, but with an unbalanced schedule they do not when it comes to league play. It really is important to win the regular season title as well because if you are an NCAA bubble team and do not win the postseason tournament, you are going to get some special consideration for your league play.

It really is time for the Pac-12 in men's basketball to get out of the dark ages and play a balanced schedule of 22 league games.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For September 20th, 2014

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

Note: Due to many requests from readers and thank you, Greg Crawford On Basketball will be published starting today 7 days per week. Coverage in Greg Crawford On Basketball will include the following:

1. NBA

2. NBA Development League

3. NBA Draft

4. Extensive Coverage of the Portland Pilots Men's Basketball Team

5. Extensive Coverage of the Portland State Men's Basketball Team

6. The 6 D-1 Leagues out west in NCAA basketball--- Pac-12, Big Sky, WCC, Big West, Mt. West and WAC.

7. Every Tuesday Coverage of Multnomah University

8. Complete Coverage of the NWAC Sports, including every Wednesday the league's top 9 power rankings.

9. Complete Coverage of the Northwest Conference and Cascade Collegiate Conference, including every Thursday the famous combo power rankings of the top 9.

10. The business of basketball, following the money trail.

Thanks for reading and let's kick this off today with Crawford's famous top 9 power rankings of the NBA for the 2014-15 season. Of course this will change dramatically as the season evolves, but for now here is how the league will shape up.

9. Washington Wizards

8. Los Angeles Clippers

7. Miami Heat

6. Golden State Warriors

5. San Antonio Spurs

4. Houston Rockets

3. Cleveland Cavaliers

2. Portland Trail Blazers

1. Chicago Bulls

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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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Monday, August 18, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For August 18th, 2014

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

Changing Basketball----Yesterday on the Sunday night radio show we do, "Portland Metro Small College Hoops", the great coach at Lewis and Clark College, Dinari Foreman, asked me what I would change in college basketball to make it better.

So here is the answer I gave in print.

1. I would bring back pre-game dunking. Make the penalties the same as in the game, if a player hangs on the rim, he gets a technical. The game of college basketball needs fans, it needs to make a comeback believe it or not and this would be a step in the right direction.

2. In the second overtime, do no play for 5 minutes. Instead make it a free throw shoot out contest, with each team picking five players before the game who would represent their teams. And to be fair, make sure the visiting team does not shoot into the student crowd ever. The tension would be amazing in the building, for sure. Plus, we would see free throw shooting improve dramatically, which at present overall is below the 70 percent mark.

3. Centralize officiating. Make assignments all come out of the same office. No more conference supervisors, it would improve the officiating product greatly and improve the game of college basketball.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For August 16th, 2014

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

NBA All-Star Game---- So the Portland Trail Blazers are bidding to host either the 2017 or 2018 NBA All-Star game. Good for them, it is so deserved, considering the fact Seattle, Washington hosted an NBA all-star in 1987 and that city does not even have a team in the NBA at present.

Chris McGowan has done a great job as president of the Blazers and he will be the driving force behind bringing this prestigious affair to the Rose City. Just a word of caution, many people are touting this as the greatest sporting event ever to come to the city if it happens. That is laughable. The two greatest sporting events ever to come to the city of Portland were the 1977 NBA championship series, of which Portland won the title and golf's Fred Meyer Challenge, which will never be duplicated.

But on a positive note, to help get this event here, since Portland is always so different and also people are claiming this will be a different atmosphere, I want to help promote this event, by making it even more different.

Instead of letting kids in free, how about giving a free ticket to any Portlander who fits into the following categories.

1. Anyone who has a garden and does not have rose bush in it.

2. Anyone who has never eaten salmon

3. Anyone who has never had a Voodoo donut.

4. Anyone who has never protested a United States President coming to Portland.

5. Anyone without a tattoo.

6. Anyone who has never watched Portlandia.

7. Anyone who in the last three years who has ATTENDED a Portland State football game.

8. Anyone who does not own a bike.

9. And last, but not least, anyone who is a Republican.

And yes, if you gave a free ticket to anyone above, still plenty of tickets left for the dignitaries.

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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Greg Crawford Basketball, For August 2nd, 2014

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

Top Nine---- The world famous Crawford power rankings brings you the initial top nine NBA teams for the 2014-15 season. Subject to change, but always interesting.

9. Phoenix Suns
8. Portland Trail Blazers
7. Cleveland Cavaliers
6. Miami Heat
5. Los Angeles Clippers
4. Golden State Warriors
3. Oklahoma City Thunder
2. Chicago Bulls
1. San Antonio Spurs

Now your turn, give me your rankings and tell me where I went wrong.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For July 27th, 2014

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

NBA 2017-18--- At anytime now the NBA is expected to announce a new TV deal with either its present partners or future TV partners. The deal is expected to be somewhere in the range of $1.5 to $1.8 billion yearly, double the present TV. The new deal will take affect in the 2016-17 season.

Everyone in the game and in sports business is watching this situation. Both the NBA player's association and the NBA, want labor peace. But that may not be possible, when, in the current collective bargaining agreement, either side can opt out of the agreement in 2017. Right now, it would appear that we will almost for sure have another labor stoppage in the 2017-18 season. Every sign points to the economics as being as such.

Kevin Johnson----Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento, who was extremely instrumental in getting the Kings to stay in his town, has just found out how fragile things can be in the NBA, or better yet, "what have you done for me lately."

Mayor Johnson was helping the NBA player's association select a new executive director, a position that has not been filled since the departure of Billy Hunter in 2013. Johnson broke off all ties with the players this past week, when word got out that some players did not like his involvement because he might be too close to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who was a key player in the Kings remaining in Sacramento and not moving to Seattle.

Kevin Johnson did yeoman work in keeping the Kings in his town. But it always seemed kind of odd that a full time mayor of a big American city would be dedicating time to helping the NBA players' association, unless of course he had visions of being their next leader, or ever bigger replacing Adam Silver someday.

Mayors of big cities need to stick to the business of running their own cities and the welfare of their citizens, no matter how talented they are in other areas.

Concordia University---Congrats to Concordia University on passing the last hurdle in joining the NCAA. In the 2015-16 season, the Cavaliers will become a full time member of the Division-2 GNAC Conference, after playing this year,  their final season as member of the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference.

This is quite a jump for any school, to go up virtually two levels and especially a private school. Concordia is a great university, with many great alumni, but personally I am hoping they did not bite off more than they can chew.

One thing that needs to happen almost immediately is for the North Portland School to remodel or expand their basketball gymnasium. The GNAC is a powerful conference, especially a conference where basketball drives the bus and the present facility at Concordia University is just too small to compete on a consistent level at D-2.

Wonderful people at Concordia, here is wishing them to get it done in this major athletic move.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

2010 vs 2014 by Jourdyn Thompson

As we all know LeBron is going back home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. So its gets me to think about the last time LeBron played for the Cavs and will this team be better than the 2010 team. In 2010 the starting five consist of Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, LeBron James, Anderson Varejao, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. This team lost to Boston in six games, which led James to take his talents to south beach. If the roster stays how it is right now, the projected starting five would be Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins, LeBron James, Tristan Thompson, and Anderson Varejao. I would have to say that the 2010 team is a lot better than the 2014 team. I know that this 2014 is a lot younger and may have nice potential, but I haven't seen anything from Thompson and Wiggins to put them over the top. I know Wiggins is a rookie, but I didn't see too much in college either. The 2014 team may look better, but what happens when the starters come out? If you look at 2010 they had a way better bench team then they will in 2014. You still had Shaq that could play a little bit, Daniel Gibson that could shoot the ball and Delonte West who could attack the rim anytime. Now I understand that they have gone out and got Mike Miller a natural born shooter and James Jones who best days are behind him, but that's only two people that play the same position.

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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