By Gregory Crawford---TV, Radio and Print basketball analyst @wchoops @crawssportsbiz
Rick Adelman---It would be a real shame if Rick Adelman retired from coaching, as there is growing speculation he might just do at the end of the season.
Of course Adelman has been a fixture as an NBA head coach since the early 90s and is an automatic as a future hall of famer. Adelman really gained his stature as NBA coach, leading Portland to the NBA Finals twice in the early 90s. To his credit for the most part he has been a winner everywhere he has been in the league, including Sacramento, Golden State, Houston and now Minnesota where he is slowly changing the culture and developing a winning team, with limited depth.
Adelman is also a high quality human being, who always has time for the "little people", no matter what the situation. Here is hoping he stays for awhile longer and develops Minnesota into a consistent playoff contender.
Scott Leykam---This should be one to watch for the next month or so. Will Scott Leykam leave his job as the athletic director at the U of Portland in north Portland, Oregon to take the West Coast Conference Commissioner job. Of course that position became open in March when present Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich announced he will leave the WCC on July 1st to become the new deputy commissioner of the Pac-12 under Larry Scott.
Leykam is talented and smart, he also happens to the a graduate of WCC member St. Mary's. It is well known he played a huge role in so many things during his four year tenure with the WCC prior to taking the Portland job in 2012.
As the AD at Portland he is known for his candid answers to tough questions and also being a person who reaches out to everyone. It would be a big loss for Portland and huge game for the WCC if this were to happen. It just might.
Danny Miles----One of my hot topics has come back again. Once again the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2014, does not include Danny Miles, the iconic coach at Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls, Oregon. What does a guy have to do to get in the hall of fame. If 1,000 plus coaching victories at the same school and three national championships, does not get you in, then I am not sure if Danny Miles will ever make it, shamefully on the Hall's part.
And to think, this year's class is bringing in coaches Nolan Richardson and Gary Williams, ahead of Miles. I am not sure either of those coaches deserves to be in the hall of fame period, let alone ahead of Danny Miles and all of his accomplishments.
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