The Portland Trailblazers' big man Greg Oden is out for the season with a fractured knee cap according to nba.com. He will need surgery while a specific time of his return has not been set.
Thoughts and Analysis:
Not too many surprises here. Oden, who was the #1 pick a couple seasons ago, has has injuries galore in his short NBA career thus far. Greg Oden who has shown potential after last season and this season, is now on the injured list.
2 words come to mind about Greg Oden's injury and those 2 words are Sam Bowie (anyone remember him who was drafted #2 in the '84 draft and was one pick higher than a guy named Michael Jordan). He was also drafted by Portland behind the Rockets and Hakeem Olajuwon.
I hate to see a young guy go down on a young Portland team that reached the 50 win plateau last season. If I was Portland, I would try to get another center in a draft, trade or whatever. Greg Oden is pretty good when he is healthy but it seems not a matter of "when" he is healthy compared to "if" he is healthy. Yao Ming who is another injury-plagued center even looks healthy compared to Oden who gives the Portland team defense and rebounds while the rest of the teams does more on offense.
Again, I hate to see Oden go down with Portland up and coming and rising.
If you are a center, never get drafted by Portland. If you are Portland, never draft a center. Greatest day in Celtics history very well might have been the night the ping-pong balls didn't come out right.
Both of you (RedSoxNation and BigDaddyLoco) bring up good points; if you are Portland, never draft a center and from what BigDaddyLoco said about him being a class act and trying to improve his body.
It seems that the center position is where we hear more about injuries now which isn't too surprising because there is more strain on larger bodies. When he does come back, I hope for his young and potentially rising NBA career that he is able to stay healthier.
Unless he doesn't get paid while injured, then those figures are way off.
My GF played HS basketball and tore/sprained her ACL and/or PCL, IIRC, in each knee and had multiple surgeries and then plates and screws installed when she shattered a knee cap in a game.
She said it was pretty tough to recover from it and even though she was only a center on a HS team, the game was hell on her knees. I can only imagine what stresses these bigger guys put on their knees.
I still can't over Portland not drafting Durant. I thought it was a dumb move at the time and it's looking dumber by the season. If you have two virtually equal players except one has a long injury history, then you draft the healthy guy --- the position doesn't matter. An injured center just as bad as no center at all, especially when you waste a #1 overall pick on him.
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
some observations (from flipping between all games with NBALP) - Dunks of the night go to Desmond Mason and Caron Butler - Amare Stoudimire and Drew Gooden are going to be big rookie contributors this year.