9.13.2007

Put the Oden in the Deep Freeze



If you spend your days reading about the NBA on the internet (and, since you're reading this, I'll assume you do), then you probably already know that Greg Oden will be out for the entire season. Obviously, this is a tragedy for even the most casual of hoops observers, who have really only seen Oden play one full game at complete strength (his extremely impressive NCAA Championship Game performance). What's pissing me off is that people were already talking Sam Bowie even before the news today, so expect to hear that one a million more times. What all these assholes are missing is that Bowie has nothing in common with Oden other than being tall and having once been injured. Bowie was never the explosive interior presence that Oden is, he was more like a Ralph Sampson type: a monstrously talented center who thought he was a small forward. Oden is more comparable to Amare: explosive, young, and knows where his bread is buttered. Wait, is that an actual expression? Anyway, the point is that, like with Amare, I expect a healthy Oden, and a Portland team bolstered by another high draft pick in 2008, to come out guns blazing in the 08-09 season. Bank on it.

10 Comments:

At 9/13/2007 2:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the soup picture makes me happy.

 
At 9/13/2007 2:56 PM, Blogger stopmikelupica said...

Sigh. Poor Portland fans. Poor us, too.

I'm glad I put my money on Conley Jr. for rookie of the year.

 
At 9/13/2007 3:34 PM, Blogger Ty Keenan said...

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At 9/13/2007 3:36 PM, Blogger William said...

As a Portland fan, my heart skipped several beats when I saw the news. How will this affect the chemistry of the team? How will this affect Oden's mental state, which already seems a little fragile? How will this affect our opportunities to improve through trades (I thought for sure that Pryzbilla was gone at the deadline)? How bad will we be? Bad enough to get another high pick? Hell, will Oden even be back in time for the start of next season?

My head is spinning...

 
At 9/13/2007 3:45 PM, Blogger Ty Keenan said...

Ugh. I'm a little less optimistic than BR given the nature of the surgery, but I suppose Amare is the closest parallel as long as we're making predictions. This sucks.

At least we still have Durant and all the other rookies.

 
At 9/13/2007 5:36 PM, Anonymous badlydrawnboykins said...

Ty - the problem is, Amare is still only a couple of years removed from the surgery. My understanding is that that knee is going to have to be repaired every 5 years or so, though I can't dig up my source for this.

This makes me really, really sad, much sadder than I'd expect myself to be.

William - If we're looking at other microfracture patients (and the sample is too small to say anything definitive), but we probably won't see Oden at full speed until 2009-10.

Also, I'm generally not a violent person, but I want to put a bullet in every TrueHoop commenter who compares Oden to Sam Bowie.

 
At 9/13/2007 7:13 PM, Blogger Justin said...

I heard that Amare's playing style would mean that he would be back under the knife in a few years.

 
At 9/14/2007 9:05 AM, Blogger nerditry said...

Wreck : That o-den looks delicious. Fishcakes are the official winter soup addition for FD!

 
At 9/16/2007 1:54 PM, Anonymous Thomas 015 said...

Greg Oden is going to be the next Amare no doubt. If you read how he reacted to the news that he was going to miss the season, you can tell that he really cares about winning. He's going to deliver at least one title to portland before his career is over.

 
At 5/17/2013 4:36 PM, Blogger Jim Philips said...

It is pretty sad that he won't make the rest of the season. I had high hope on him and I hope that he can excel more in this year than before and Sportsbook Applications predicted that would do great.

 

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