Thursday, January 15, 2015

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For January 15th, 2015

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

NBA History---- Today, January 15th is the 50th anniversary of one of the biggest trades in NBA history. In the midst of a 17 game losing streak, the San Francisco Warriors traded disgruntled Wilt Chamberlain to the Philadelphia 76ers for 3 players and cash.

Of course Chamberlain had a great career in Philadelphia, eventually leading the 76ers to the NBA championship in 1967. His overall career in the league was awesome, it is shame many young people today did not get to see him play either on TV or live. It brings up the always great question, who is the greatest player ever in the NBA?

It is an easy choice for me, so here are top 3 of all time. 1) Magic Johnson 2) Wilt Chamberlain 3) Michael Jordan.

Portland, Oregon--- In my hometown of Portland, Oregon, it is a huge weekend for the Portland State men's basketball team. With the team finally reaching some good health, after a run of devastating injuries, the Vikings will host  tonight Eastern Washington and on Saturday Idaho. Led by their outstanding coach Jim Hayford, EWU has sole possession of first place in the Big Sky Conference at 3-0, so the Viks will have their hands full.

Even though the Vikings have played Idaho before at Portland State, on Saturday night it will be the Vandals first visit to Portland, with both teams being members of the Big Sky. It is great to have Idaho back in the Big Sky this year, after a long absence.

NWC/CCC Power Rankings---- Every Thursday, we bring you Crawford's NWC/CCC combo power rankings. Both the Northwest Conference and Cascade Collegiate Conference have so many talented teams, so it is great to combine the leagues for my power rankings. Per usual, we do things in 9s out of the great respect for the game of golf.

9. Northwest Christian
8. Puget Sound
7. Oregon Tech
6. Whitman
5. Concordia
4. Southern Oregon
3. Warner Pacific
2. College of Idaho
1. Whitworth

Bob Boyd---- Since I have followed Pac-8, Pac-10 and Pac-12 basketball closely since the early 60s, I was saddened to hear yesterday the passing of Bob Boyd, at the age of 84.

Bob Boyd was one of the best coaches ever in the Pac-8, Pac-10 and Pac-12, coaching the USC Trojans from 1967-79 and compiling a 236-131 win loss record.

One of the most important accomplishments for Bob Boyd at USC is that his Trojans were the first ever team to win a game in Pauley Pavilion, which happened during the 1968-69 season.

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