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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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Gregory Crawford On Basketball, For July 5th, 2014

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

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

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

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Gregory Crawford On Basketball, For July 3rd, 2014

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

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

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

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