Saturday , Sep , 15 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Could Greg Oden’s Injury Undermine Portland Trail Blazers & Seattle SuperSonics’ Future?

A friend asked me for the worst case scenario with Oden’s injury. The obvious answer is that his career is over. But it could get worse. The less obvious answer is that Oden’s injury undermines basketball in Portland and the Northwest …

The Oregonian reports on the television fallout from Oden’s injury:

Greg Oden’s season-ending surgery on his right knee has ESPN and TNT rethinking their decisions to elevate the Blazers‘ national television exposure this season, but the networks have limited alternatives.

My Quick Take: Greg Oden is out. ESPN and TNT could soon follow. These networks are re-thinking their television schedules after Oden’s season-ending knee injury.

A few thoughts:

  • Forget David Stern’s propaganda. NBA ratings have been low; viewers are watching other programs/sports. Oden was supposed to renew fan interest for the networks, but with his injury ESPN and TNT will opt for higher-profile teams and players.
  • But is still worth watching. Figuratively and literally speaking, they have the 2006-07 rookie of the year: Roy. LaMarcus Aldridge and Channing Frye are developing talents. has a little Steve Nash in him. And I still haven’t mentioned Martell Webster, Jarrett Jack, and Travis Outlaw. NBA fans should still give the Blazers a look.
  • A friend asked me for the worst case scenario with Oden’s injury. The obvious answer is that his career is over. But it could get worse. The less obvious answer is that Oden’s injury undermines basketball in Portland and the Northwest. The Blazers spent the last few years erasing the Jail Blazer legacy and building momentum. If Oden doesn’t recover, will Portland fans still support the team? Remember, the Blazers have had arena issues-just like their northern rivals, the . Hopefully, both teams stay put.

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