I laughed when I heard this - when the knee surgery was mentioned yesterday, before anyone knew how bad it'd be, I was pointing out to a friend that he ought to wait for Oden and Durant to actually play in an NBA game before started declaring who was definitely better. Guess he'll have to wait quite a while!
(or I was wrong, perhaps)
Oden gets a redshirt year, kind of, and the Blazers have another bad record and get ANOTHER high pick...hmmmmmm.....
OTOH, he could never be the player he was expected to be. It's microfracture surgery, and guys have had inconsistent recoveries - Kidd seems to have come thru fine, but Amare took longer than anyone figured. Even if he does fully recover, this is an injury that'll be weighing on him for a long time.
It's also not really a red shirt year, because he's going to spending the season trying to get back to where he was and not much time on improving himself. Between last season and this, Oden's missed a lot of development time. He's young enough to make it up, but it's going to be a slower process than everyone figured.
It's an question without a definitive answer but - what if the NBA had passed a "College players must play for two years before coming out" rule back when, and Oden was still supposed to be at Ohio State this point. (This year's draft would've sucked, because Durant would still be at Texas as well, but that's another story.) It's tough to imagine Oden still being the first overall pick if he was out of basketball for a year.
A few months ago when the Tim Donaghy scandal broke out, I told one my friends that it would ultimately be forgotten once the focus turned on the first Oden vs. Durant match-up. Looks like all that has officially gone out the window, which is really bad news for David Stern. A budding Oden/Durant rivalry would have been the feel-good story the NBA desperately needs right now.
I agree with the PTI take on this. How disastrous is this for the Pacific Northwest? Two small, northwestern markets were looking to put themselves on the map with Oden and Durant. And now what have you got? Oden may never be the same (unless he pulls an Amare and comes back at 100%) and Durant might see his team end up in Oklahoma City in a couple of years, if the douchebag owners have their way. There's nothing else to say about it other than...well...it just sucks. You can't help but feel bad for the fans in that region.
Originally posted by It's FalseHow disastrous is this for the Pacific Northwest?
Not the "Pacific Northwest", just Portland. We're still just on the Durant-high while simultaneously worrying about the possiblity that his great career will happen in the OKC. I'm a lot less worried about them leaving than I was at one point, though.
I think the PTI guys are generally ignorant about things that happen outside the eastern time zone unless they are REALLY big national issues.
(edited by JayJayDean on 13.9.07 1733) Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
Didn't Bill Simmons have a list out probably a year ago or so on this subject too? I tried to look but it appears you need to have ESPN Insider if you want to access his columns that are a year older or more.