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1984 NBA Draft: Best First Round Ever?
Sunday , Jul , 10 , 2011 Paul Eide

1984 NBA Draft: Best First Round Ever?

 

This was the last draft to be held prior to forming the NBA Draft Lottery for the following season. The picks were assigned in reverse order of how the teams had finished the previous season. The draft was actually ten rounds long, which seems excessive considering the two rounds total of this year’s draft.
 
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Thursday , Nov , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

What now for Blazers and Oden after second micro fracture surgery?

Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee Friday and will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season, the Trail Blazers announced this evening.
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Four years. Two micro fracture surgeries.

Such is the plight of Greg Oden, the former first overall pick of the 2007 draft and Portland Trail Blazers center.

Yesterday, the Blazers announced Oden will undergo micro fracture surgery on his left knee and miss the entire year. Oden sat all of 2007-08 because of micro fracture surgery on his right knee.

Some will snicker. There will be the obvious jokes about opening umbrellas inside, black cats in alleys, and, of course, comparisons to another brittle Portland post named Sam Bowie.

Most, however, will be sympathetic. Oden is a pleasant enough fellow. He has only wanted to fulfill the hype as The Next One coming out of high school in Indiana and college at Ohio State.

Unfortunately, Oden’s career is in doubt. His rookie contract expires in July. The Blazers have the option to qualify him at $9 million for 2011-2012.

But will they?

The Blazers may turn the page on Oden. Perhaps both team and player need a fresh start. Perhaps it's time to move on. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be.

--Oly Sandor.

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Monday , Aug , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Greg Oden should be ready for training camp

Trail Blazers center Greg Oden is "positive" that he'll be with the team in training camp this fall. Oden has been working out with Portland strength and conditioning coach Bobby Medina in Indiana recently.

He has lost considerable weight while going through daily five-hour drills.

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Eventually, Greg Oden has to catch a break.
 
The former first overall pick has spent his first three NBA seasons on the injured list, getting compared to hard luck Portland Trail Blazer Sam Bowie.
 
Credit Oden for working hard, remaining focused, and staying positive. Perhaps he never becomes a top five center; however, if healthy, he could easily average a double-double and anchor a defense.
 
Hopefully, this happens in 2011 for Oden.
 
--Oly Sandor.
 
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