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Another Big Issue with Greg Oden.

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i think you shouldnt bash the

i think you shouldnt bash the blazers for the Oden pick. looking at it right now everyone will say and the blazers have to admit that in retrospective they should have picked durant. everyone who followed them has to say that but honestly did you think on draftnight it was a terrible and bad decison? its easy to say it now but on draft night few people felt it was a big mistake so why bash the blazers now for a decison that seemed to be at least good at that time?
i wont blame the blazers for a decison that at that time i couldnt really feel Bad about just because i know better now...
i would like to know how many people that now hate on prichard were excited about the Oden pick back then...

One last thing: Why do you think the Person saying that he was injured all the time didnt want his name in this? One reason could be cause it aint really facs right...?
if this was true the blazers should have noticed and there would have been much talk about it but then again if its all 100% true why not give your name to stand for it?

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LMFAO! This article is full

LMFAO! This article is full of $hit.

I live in Indianapolis and I've been watching Oden since AAU in 6th grade (this is when he lived in Terre Haute, IN, but played on Mike Conly Sr.'s traveling AAU team) and he was NEVER injured! He never missed a game in high school. Never missed an AAU game over the summer. Never even missed a practice. Jack Keefer, Oden's high school coach, said Oden was "the most durable player I've had" when discussing Oden's injuries with the Indianapolis Star.

His first injury was a wrist injury suffered on a dunk in the McDonald's All-American game. Say Durant should've been picked first, but why would anybody make something like this up? This is just dumb...

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There was no talk of Oden

There was no talk of Oden being injury prone until he had hand surgery in the summer of 2006, he had been a lock to be top draft pick for the first draft he was eligible for since about 2005. Everyone can draft with hindsight, Kobe 14th pick only in 1996, Steve Nash double MVP not in the top 10 the same year, Melo, Wade, Bosh ahead of Darko in 2003 etc.

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There was no talk of Oden

There was no talk of Oden being injury prone until he had hand surgery in the summer of 2006, he had been a lock to be top draft pick for the first draft he was eligible for since about 2005. Everyone can draft with hindsight, Kobe 14th pick only in 1996, Steve Nash double MVP not in the top 10 the same year, Melo, Wade, Bosh ahead of Darko in 2003 etc.

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This article is ridiculous:

This article is ridiculous:

- No source cited

- No specifics from the supposed source

I agree that the article is total BS and should be dismissed as such.

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No you guys are right the

No you guys are right the first article is Bull because one of the positives about Oden coming into the draft was that he wouldn't be the next Bill Walton because he was so durable and scouts even used his hand injury in college to prove how quick of a healer he was.

You have to read the article I posted with Bucher and Broussard arguing about the same subject tho. Everything Broussard says is how I felt on draft night and going into the draft. Even Skip Bayless was campaigning for Durant to be the first pick and Im a huge Skip Bayless fan. But above all else just check his resume. Durant averaged 26 and 11 in his freshman year of college and won 5 of the 6 National Player of the Year awards. If you watched the actual games besides the stats you would know that at the end of the games Durant would play out his mind. You can't teach somebody to be clutch and it was obvious that Durant had that killer instinct. He wanted the ball at the end of tight games, got the ball, and scored the ball. And thinking of how that would translate to the league of thought of how many 6'11 wing players their are in the league and couldn't come up with many. Who could put a hand in his face? He'll shoot over smaller defenders and if you put a big on him not only do you leave you lane open and susceptible but Durant will take them off the dribble. And he's bigger then most of the bigs. Just looking at the bigs in that draft, Oden, Horford, Noah, Yi, and Hawes. Durant is taller then Horford, and is longer then then the rest of them. So to say a big would be able to slow him down was a stretch when he's bigger then them anyway.

But at the end of the day I didn't think it was a huge mistake by drafting Oden because centers of his size, skill, and athleticism enter the draft like once every 5 years. But a Mutant Human Being Like Durant has never been in the draft. Who can you compare Durant too honestly? T-Mac? Durant is 3 inches taller and 7 inches longer in his wingspan. Gervin? Same thing Durant is a half a foot longer. K.G.? The Big Ticket can't curl off screens and nails 3 effortlessly like it was a foul shot. Chris Bosh? From a physical build Bosh may be the best comparison but Durant is longer then him, and the sames goes for Bosh as KG, Durants perimeter skill set was light years ahead of his coming into the league then Bosh will ever have.

But what I really liked was that Durant was gonna get the opportunity to go into a franchise and be the man from day one. Instead of sharing the ball with Roy, and Aldridge so I was happy and thought how Jealous am I that OKC is going to get a god send the following year and the Sixers just drafted a guy who plays the same position as their best player. 3 years later with the second pick the Sixers did it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!UUUUUUUGGGGHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

And I am saying this now so everybody knows in the future I'm not a flip flopper. Demarcus Cousins should of been the consensus and no brainer second pick and Washington should of atleast thought about taking him first.

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@ RUDEBOY. It's bologna.

@ RUDEBOY.

It's bologna.

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