Brad Greenberg

Ex-DI coach wins a title in Israel

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Remember when the Greenberg coaching family seemed to be the kings of southwest Virginia?

Younger brother Seth was the head coach of Virginia Tech, managed to beat a couple of top-25 opponents every season, and was living a pretty charmed life as a result. His older brother Brad, a former NBA GM with the Philadelphia 76ers, had joined him as an assistant coach for a while before heading just down the road to take over at Radford in 2007.

Then it all started to unravel.

In 2010, the NCAA sanctioned Radford – which had won the Big South autobid just one year prior – and the school quickly cut ties with the elder Greenberg. Virginia Tech got tired of almost being an NCAA tournament team a couple years later and let Seth go to the TV ranks.

Nobody paid much attention to the news that Brad Greenberg had been hired as head coach of Maccabi Haifa in 2011. He was hired to turn around a team that had finished last in the Israeli pro league. Mission, as they say, accomplished: one season later, Haifa is a champion, having upset league power Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday night.

“This is the greatest achievement I’ve had as a head coach, without a doubt,” said Greenberg by phone early Friday.

Former St. Joseph’s (Pa.) standout Pat Calathes led Haifa with 22 points and 10 rebounds. League MVP Gal Mekel had 21 points and seven assists.

Cool to see a familiar Calathes involved, as well.

Greenberg’s epic, if somewhat obscure, victory has sparked speculation that he may be headed back to the big time of the NBA, where they don’t give a flying fig about a silly little thing like a five year show-cause order.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

Mountain West admits official error, won’t change result of Boise State-Colorado State

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After reviewing video for a second straight day, the Mountain West has determined that Boise State should have beaten Colorado State on Wednesday night, but that due to an NCAA rule the outcome of the game cannot be changed.

Boise State’s James Webb III hit a one-handed, banked-in three at the end of overtime in Colorado State’s Moby Arena, breaking an 84-all tie, but after officials reviewed the play on the video monitor, they waived off the basket. Webb got the shot off in time, but the clock operator did not start the clock on time. After using stopwatch technology embedded in the video monitor, the referees determined that it took 1.3 seconds from the time that Webb caught the pass until the time that he got the shot off.

There were 0.8 seconds left when Boise State took the ball out of bounds.

On Thursday, the league announced that the referees followed the correct protocol to make the call.

They released a video that the referees used to make the decision, but upon further analysis — and amid a push on social media — it was determined that there was a difference between the “rate at which the embedded digital stopwatch advanced and the rate at which the game clock regressed during the instant replay review.”

In other words, the referees made the correct call with the evidence they had available, but the conference provided them with flawed evidence.

Boise State lost 97-93 in double-overtime.

The loss came four days after officials botched a call at the end of San Diego State’s win over New Mexico.

Akron reveals special bobble heads for LeBron, high school teammates

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When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.

LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.

Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).

All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.