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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