Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For January 20th, 2015

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

NBA--- Perhaps many would disagree with me, but it always seems sad when the NBA has pathetic teams that have been iconic in many years. I hate the word cyclical, to me that is just simply an excuse.

You probably get where this is going. It is not fun, to have the Lakers, Celtics, 76ers and Knicks, being sad and pathetic teams, especially from this long, long time observer of the NBA.

Yes, I live in Portland, Oregon, but I want the whole league each year to be successful and exciting. The excitement goes away, especially when the Knicks, Celtics, 76ers and Lakers virtually have no chance of being in the playoffs come April.

Please don't call me a traditionalist, instead I am a realist. Good teams are always needed in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and New York. It also makes it much more fun when those teams are really good and get beat, it actually is a special occasion.

Atlanta Hawks---- This has much more to do with the Hawks success than one would think. Recently Mike Budenholzer stated he allows all his players "to play through mistakes." A profound statement indeed.

With so much pressure to win these days, all the way down to the high school level, I see way too many coaches pull players out, the minute they make one mistake. It is especially prevalent on the high school level, where at times coaches let their egos get in the way of good coaching.

Basketball is full of mistakes, every game. Yes, you do not want players making mistakes over and over again, but not allowing for a mistake, jerking the players out immediately can have nothing but bad outcomes down the road.

NWAC Sports Basketball---- Each Tuesday, until March, Greg Crawford On Basketball will bring you an NWAC Sports coach of the week and player of the week. The choices can come from either the women's or men's basketball side and to only pick one of each means the award is pretty special.

Coach of the week, which runs from last Wednesday to today is, Shane Schutz, the head women's coach at Centralia CC, in Centralia, Washington. Schutz's team is currently leading the West region of the NWAC  Sports, they have won eight games in a row and five games in a row in the league season.

Player of the week, comes from Clackamas CC, located in Oregon City, Oregon, as they are getting terrific play out of their freshmen center Vince Boumann, who presently is 9th in NWAC field goal percentage at just over 58 percent. Boumann in his most recent game against SWOCC scored 22 points, while grabbing 16 rebounds. The game prior he had a double/double in scoring and rebounding and is one of the major reasons the Cougars are off to a 3-0 start in NWAC South play.

more of Gregory's blogs--- http://crawfordsgolfdaily.blogspot.com (golf and sports biz, 360 days per year).

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