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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