The Next Big Thing?

Posted by By at 19 November, at 12 : 35 PM Print

Growing up at 7’0 feet tall and close to 300 pounds, it was almost a given that Greg Oden would somehow make his way through the ranks and end up in the NBA.

Playing at Lawrence North High School along side Mike Conley Jr., Oden won numerous awards as High School player of the year. From an early age Oden knew that he had skill, size and the opportunity for greatness. After high school, Oden continued his playing career at Ohio State and again continued his success including being nominated as Big Ten player of the year. Oden led the Buckeyes to the National Championship game versus the eventual champion Florida Gators. Oden parlayed his College success to the NBA Draft. Drafted 1st overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, Oden’s story was only beginning…or so he thought.

Expectations were so high for this young prodigy that comparisons to Wilt Chamberlain were heard throughout the league. Why wouldn’t they be? A 7’0 foot monster with a wingspan of almost 8’0 feet wide and the skill to match doesn’t come along that often. Finding a star NBA ready Center from college doesn’t happen everyday.

Through these expectations came the excitement of the 2007/2008 NBA season. Unfortunately for Oden, he was forced to have microfracture surgery on his knee in order to correct a knee that had been ailing him, forcing him to miss the entire season. Although he missed his entire rookie season, Oden was still listed as a rookie when he entered the 2008/2009 NBA season. Expectations remained high and Oden played in 61 games averaging a pedestrian 9 points, 7 rebounds and 1 block per game. On December 5, 2009 Oden once again injured the same knee and was taken off the court on a stretcher having only played 21 games in the season. The Trail Blazers fears came true as Oden required an additional procedure to repair his fractured left patella and missed the entire season once again.

Hopes remained a bit more leveled heading into this 2010/2011 season. Once again, however Oden was not able to suit up and has recently been shut down again and will require an additional procedure on his knee and may never play again as it is doubtful Portland will re-sign the injury plagued Oden.

Is this the case of bad luck? Is it the plight of another “Great One” who couldn’t live up to expectations? Or maybe, just maybe it’s just yet another player who wasn’t as good as the hype made us all to believe. Greg Oden no doubt had skill and ability. There’s no way he would have become the 1st overall pick in the NBA had he not. Maybe genetics just weren’t built for the rigors of the NBA season and his story was already written before he laced up his sneakers.

Either way, Greg Oden is yet another case of a potential star that never was. We guess the Trail Blazers wish they could redo there draft that year!

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3 Comments

  1. Roger Blatberg, 6 years ago Reply

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