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(Deadspin)   If you had "day one of practice" in the Greg Oden injury pool, you win   (deadspin.com) divider line 52
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2013-10-16 08:09:28 PM
As someone who lived in Oregon, I actually did have day one. What do I win?
 
2013-10-16 08:17:12 PM
He's probably the richest person I feel sorry for.
 
2013-10-16 08:28:52 PM
If it weren't for the fact that he's on a team that doesn't really need him, I might wonder what GM in his right mind would employ him.  I kinda wonder what it must be like for him when he has a healthy moment in his life.
 
2013-10-16 08:44:15 PM
The first time I saw Oden play was three or four games into the Big 10 season, with my first thought being:

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But I didn't think Portland would've been the team bitten by that curse again.
 
2013-10-16 08:44:23 PM

FriarReb98: I kinda wonder what it must be like for him when he has a healthy moment in his life.


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2013-10-16 10:37:51 PM
From his Wiki article.

By playing 82 games in his entire career so far, he has effectively played one full NBA season over the span of five seasons from 2007 to 2012.

Holy crap. I knew he'd missed a ton of games but WOW.
 
2013-10-16 11:33:49 PM

RedPhoenix122: FriarReb98: I kinda wonder what it must be like for him when he has a healthy moment in his life.

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But sadly, that celebration causes both of his knees to shatter.
 
2013-10-16 11:37:26 PM
It's hard being 153 years old
 
2013-10-16 11:43:27 PM

VvonderJesus: It's hard being 153 years old


Olden.
 
2013-10-16 11:55:40 PM
I hate to say it, Greg, but I think the universe is trying to tell you something.
 
2013-10-17 12:00:50 AM
Hard to believe he's still just 25.  On another note I guess I feel good for him he turned pro when he did.  Got some decent bucks and played a year in the league basically.  If he didn't enter that draft who knows
 
2013-10-17 12:09:47 AM

RedPhoenix122: As someone who lived in Oregon, I actually did have day one. What do I win?


A coupon for a free Chalupa.
 
2013-10-17 12:10:29 AM
The guy was close to 7' in middle school -- knees are not designed to handle all that weight at that age -- he basically had the knees of a 60 year old by the time he got to the NBA thanks to all the wear.
 
2013-10-17 12:16:00 AM
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His legs (and joints) just dont seem designed to support his frame, let alone the abuse from all the jumping and running from basketball.
 
2013-10-17 12:26:51 AM

The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: The first time I saw Oden play was three or four games into the Big 10 season, with my first thought being:

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But I didn't think Portland would've been the team bitten by that curse again.


Walton missed a ton of time over his career too.
 
2013-10-17 12:29:41 AM
If there any other job where you can get paid to be tall? Because I think he should consider switching.
 
2013-10-17 12:38:24 AM
Maybe it would help his knees out if he got a dick reduction.
 
2013-10-17 12:45:03 AM

HaywoodJablonski: If there any other job where you can get paid to be tall? Because I think he should consider switching.


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Sup?
 
2013-10-17 01:03:08 AM
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2013-10-17 01:09:02 AM
Guess I lost... I didn't even have him making it to through one practice.
 
2013-10-17 01:50:31 AM
I'm not necessarily full-on pro-Portland, though I lived there and am a native of the state, but the way he threw the city under the bus for his alcohol problem, his social anxiety, and his injury trouble was pretty shiatty.
 
2013-10-17 01:54:36 AM

The Headless Horseman's Headless Horse: But I didn't think Portland would've been the team bitten by that curse again.


The worst part (aside from what happened to the Sonics... THAT is the worst part) is that, while it's not MJ, it's Kevin f*cking Durant they missed. So many so-so drafts in recent years, particularly at the top, and that's what happens to the Blazers.

This side of LeBron James, there's no player in the NBA right now who'd have been more wanted as a #1 pick in his class, and the Blazers got the injury case and picked the wrong guy. And, what's more, it's partially because they didn't want to crowd Brandon Roy's space (who is now retired because of injury trouble).

/the Blazers are to knees what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are to MRSA
 
2013-10-17 01:55:11 AM
Well actually I guess it's the opposite... the Blazers destroy knees, the Bucs create MRSA.
 
2013-10-17 01:57:13 AM

Dinobot: [img.fark.net image 358x537]


His legs (and joints) just dont seem designed to support his frame, let alone the abuse from all the jumping and running from basketball.


Holy crap, he reminds me of someone in that pic.

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2013-10-17 01:58:28 AM
I'm still convinced that his wrist injury was a sham to cover up a more severe/lingering/indicitive of being fragile injury that would affect his draft stock.
 
2013-10-17 02:20:29 AM

puffy999: The worst part (aside from what happened to the Sonics... THAT is the worst part) is that, while it's not MJ, it's Kevin f*cking Durant they missed. So many so-so drafts in recent years, particularly at the top, and that's what happens to the Blazers.


We already had Brandon Roy. We didn't need Kevin Durant. I hate having to rehash this scenario. It was just unfortunate.

Best game I ever attended, BRoy Takes Over
 
2013-10-17 02:30:51 AM

puffy999: I'm not necessarily full-on pro-Portland, though I lived there and am a native of the state, but the way he threw the city under the bus for his alcohol problem, his social anxiety, and his injury trouble was pretty shiatty.


I moved here a few years before he was drafted, and I never had lived in a city with an NBA team, so I kind of went with the Blazers just because.

I have no ill will towards him.  He's basically a Ryan Leaf or JaMarcus without being a total failure.  I mean, I actually have some sympathy for him.  He was a great athlete who had it all and just completely fell apart, but unlike Leaf and JaWalrus he didn't just screw himself.  Injuries did that to him.

People blame irrational reasons when their world falls apart from under them as his did.  I still wish him the best of luck in life.  Besides, it's nice if someone hates Portland once in a while.  Rents are getting too damn high here.
 
2013-10-17 02:46:41 AM

Harry_Seldon: We already had Brandon Roy. We didn't need Kevin Durant. I hate having to rehash this scenario.


I already brought it up, but to discuss in a tiny bit more detail:

Two different players that could have been complementary in the right system (which was not Nate's system, which may have been one of the problems). These guys did not always "occupy the same space" on the court, and could play different positions, and thus could have worked together. If it was an ego thing or a perceived ego thing, which is what I'm left to assume was a bigger issue than any issue with possible conflicts on the court, well that's too bad. Granted, even if those were issues, Oden was still the top guy on the Blazers board.

As a guy who was a Brandon Roy fan, Brandon Roy was not Kevin Durant. As a guy who was an "Oden" guy at the time of that infamous draft, the only hangup on Durant to me was his slight frame... a lot that's freaking mattered since being drafted.

Darko Milicic looks at Greg Oden as a bust.
 
2013-10-17 02:48:01 AM
And FWIW: Russell Westbrook has a bigger ego than Roy did, and they seem to have some success down in OKC.
 
2013-10-17 05:07:51 AM
This guy always seems like one of the nicest down to earth people that exists in the world of "fame"  I hope he gets better contributes to a ring
 
2013-10-17 05:34:50 AM

puffy999: Harry_Seldon: We already had Brandon Roy. We didn't need Kevin Durant. I hate having to rehash this scenario.

I already brought it up, but to discuss in a tiny bit more detail:

Two different players that could have been complementary in the right system (which was not Nate's system, which may have been one of the problems). These guys did not always "occupy the same space" on the court, and could play different positions, and thus could have worked together. If it was an ego thing or a perceived ego thing, which is what I'm left to assume was a bigger issue than any issue with possible conflicts on the court, well that's too bad. Granted, even if those were issues, Oden was still the top guy on the Blazers board.

As a guy who was a Brandon Roy fan, Brandon Roy was not Kevin Durant. As a guy who was an "Oden" guy at the time of that infamous draft, the only hangup on Durant to me was his slight frame... a lot that's freaking mattered since being drafted.

Darko Milicic looks at Greg Oden as a bust.


I have Blazer season tickets for some years. I have only missed a couple of home games in the last 4 or 5 years. I love watching Kevin Durant play. I would have loved  him on the team, but we were salivating about Oden at the time, and I don't know what have changed that...at the time.  Sometimes, things don't work out. The last couple of years have been tough slogging to sit through every home game. The strike shortened season might have been a blessing.
 
2013-10-17 05:44:14 AM

Harry_Seldon: puffy999: Harry_Seldon: We already had Brandon Roy. We didn't need Kevin Durant. I hate having to rehash this scenario.

I already brought it up, but to discuss in a tiny bit more detail:

Two different players that could have been complementary in the right system (which was not Nate's system, which may have been one of the problems). These guys did not always "occupy the same space" on the court, and could play different positions, and thus could have worked together. If it was an ego thing or a perceived ego thing, which is what I'm left to assume was a bigger issue than any issue with possible conflicts on the court, well that's too bad. Granted, even if those were issues, Oden was still the top guy on the Blazers board.

As a guy who was a Brandon Roy fan, Brandon Roy was not Kevin Durant. As a guy who was an "Oden" guy at the time of that infamous draft, the only hangup on Durant to me was his slight frame... a lot that's freaking mattered since being drafted.

Darko Milicic looks at Greg Oden as a bust.

I have Blazer season tickets for some years. I have only missed a couple of home games in the last 4 or 5 years. I love watching Kevin Durant play. I would have loved  him on the team, but we were salivating about Oden at the time, and I don't know what have changed that...at the time.  Sometimes, things don't work out. The last couple of years have been tough slogging to sit through every home game. The strike shortened season might have been a blessing.


Blazers with aldrige pryzbilla and roy I thought durant would have pushed them to the next level they had rudy and channy frye back then the needed a real pg blake as that three shooter.  I loved pryzbillas toughness liked him as the starter for them till his knee left him also
 
2013-10-17 05:53:37 AM

Dinobot: The guy was close to 7' in middle school -- knees are not designed to handle all that weight at that age -- he basically had the knees of a 60 year old by the time he got to the NBA thanks to all the wear.


He has knee Progeria?
 
2013-10-17 07:43:58 AM

HaywoodJablonski: If there any other job where you can get paid to be tall? Because I think he should consider switching.


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2013-10-17 08:14:55 AM

you are a puppet: Maybe it would help his knees out if he got a dick reduction.


Because it keeps smacking into them?
 
2013-10-17 08:28:49 AM
Sucks.  I hope he can get back and contribute.
 
2013-10-17 08:49:55 AM

davidphogan: He's basically a Ryan Leaf or JaMarcus without being a total failure.


There's a big difference there -- Ryan Leaf was also a huge asshole to his teammates, and JaWalrus had terrible work ethic.  Oden is just fragile.
 
2013-10-17 09:38:29 AM
Nice guy, bad athelete.
 
2013-10-17 09:42:09 AM

Harry_Seldon: puffy999: The worst part (aside from what happened to the Sonics... THAT is the worst part) is that, while it's not MJ, it's Kevin f*cking Durant they missed. So many so-so drafts in recent years, particularly at the top, and that's what happens to the Blazers.

We already had Brandon Roy. We didn't need Kevin Durant. I hate having to rehash this scenario. It was just unfortunate.

Best game I ever attended, BRoy Takes Over


You already had Clyde Drexler and didn't need Michael Jordan.

If you want to be the Portland Unfortunates forever, just stay the course. It's working out great.
 
2013-10-17 09:56:15 AM
In the Ohio St/Florida National Championship against Noah, Al Horford, and Speights (NBA big man still in league) the refs called fouls like crazy against the Gators. Nothing Oden did was a foul (until the last 3 minutes of the game and it was out of reach). The refs kept Ohio state within twenty.
 
2013-10-17 10:06:10 AM
"Draft a big person and hope" is the strategy of a terrible GM.  The Blazers should have known it was a bad idea and they got exactly what they deserved for being just plain bad at their jobs.
 
2013-10-17 10:48:41 AM
His body is going to keep him on the top draft bust lists, no matter how hard he tries to claw his way back onto the court.  It's sad.
 
2013-10-17 10:50:08 AM

themunsterfullback: Hard to believe he's still just 25.  On another note I guess I feel good for him he turned pro when he did.  Got some decent bucks and played a year in the league basically.  If he didn't enter that draft who knows


reminds me of the episode of Lie to Me called Moral Waiver where the college basketball player is trying to hide a bone ailment until after he gets drafted and guaranteed money.

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2013-10-17 10:50:24 AM

puffy999: Well actually I guess it's the opposite... the Blazers destroy knees, the Bucs create MRSA.


To be honest, Roy's knees were f*cked before he was drafted and everyone knew it. You can't expect someone that young to last that long when their knees are nearly bone-on-bone. At 28, he's one stage away from needing a total knee replacement.
 
2013-10-17 10:58:14 AM
Just more evidence to point to the theory that Greg Oden is, in fact, 80 years old.

Seriously he looked 40 in college.
 
2013-10-17 11:22:37 AM
Next draft, Portland, just draft a fireplace to burn $1 million in. You'll save yourself some time and money.
 
2013-10-17 12:22:17 PM
Jesus, Oden.  Even Shannon Faulkner thinks you're a pussy.
 
2013-10-17 12:49:55 PM

FriarReb98: If it weren't for the fact that he's on a team that doesn't really need him, I might wonder what GM in his right mind would employ him.  I kinda wonder what it must be like for him when he has a healthy moment in his life.


Teams will always take a chance on potential dynamic center.    Look at Andrew Bynum.
 
2013-10-17 12:51:15 PM

Mitch Taylor's Bro: He's probably the richest person I feel sorry for.


agreed.  what horrible luck this guy has.  could have been the next shaq
 
2013-10-17 02:08:48 PM

ltdanman44: Mitch Taylor's Bro: He's probably the richest person I feel sorry for.

agreed.  what horrible luck this guy has.  could have been the next shaq


And, he's not even a jerk. He's pretty nice. Shame.
 
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