Sunday, April 20, 2014

Gregory Crawford On Basketball, April 20th, 2014

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

Pac-12 Upgrade---With the hiring of Cuonzo Martin as the new California Bears' head basketball coach and Ernie Kent getting the head coaching job at Washington State, the Pac-12 just got so much better in basketball and much stronger.

Kent will win in the Palouse and Martin was a great choice to replace the retiring Mike Montgomery. Now what will happen next year. You would have to think that Colorado just might be the league favorite in 2014-15 season. With a great coach in Tad Boyle and a great club returning, the Buffs will be a strong favorite to win the Pac-12. Of course Arizona will have to rebuild a little, as will UCLA, but the culture of both schools will prevent any dramatic downturn.

NBA Playoffs---These NBA playoffs have been terrific so far, with some great competitive games. The race to the championship is wide open and at the same time, this first round which is usually a sleeper, has been as competitive as it gets.

The team to really watch in this early round is Golden State. Everyone was down on Mark Jackson as the coach, but people forget that talent sometimes can cause a rising tide with any team.

A series to watch and perhaps the most competitive is going to be Houston/Portland. Two really good teams, with great coaching and super star players, Harden, Howard, Lillard and Aldridge.

Steve Kerr---If Steve Kerr goes on to coach the Knicks as many people think he will, he probably will be a great coach. His understanding of the game goes way beyond Xs and Os, it is all about treatment of players, how you handle them and how you inspire people to greatness.

Let's face it, the NBA needs a power team in New York and even greater than Phil Jackson, much greater, Steve Kerr is the answer.

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