Greg Oden, a.k.a. Mr. Glass, is out for the year, AGAIN!
December 6, 2009
This has shades of Sam Bowie written all over it. For those of you that don’t know who Sam Bowie is.
Samuel Paul “Sam” Bowie (born March 17, 1961, in Lebanon, Pennsylvania) is a retired American basketball player in the National Basketball Association who is probably best known for being selected before Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA Draft. He was a 7’1″, 235 lb center.
Enough said. He was drafted ahead of MJ. How do you live that down? In the case of Greg Oden, he was taken ahead of KD, Kevin Durant. But, back to that in a minute.
In 1984, Bowie entered the NBA draft, and after the Houston Rockets selected Hakeem Olajuwon with the first pick in the draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Bowie. North Carolina shooting guard Michael Jordan was picked third, by the Chicago Bulls, and would go on to be one of the most acclaimed players in basketball history, earning five NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and winning six NBA Championships. Future Hall of Famers Charles Barkley (power forward) and John Stockton (point guard) were also available at this point during the 1984 draft. Portland’s draft decision is regarded by ESPN as the worst in NBA history. Sports Illustrated called Bowie the biggest draft bust in NBA history in a 2005 list, arguing that teams should not draft according to current need but to a player’s potential.
Now, I might not call him the biggest draft bust, in fact he isn’t the biggest draft bust on the Trail Blazers. (and no, I am not calling Oden a bust either)
LaRue Martin (born March 30, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player. Martin was taken first overall by the National Basketball Association‘s (NBA) Portland Trail Blazers in 1972, drafted ahead of future Hall of Famers Bob McAdoo and Julius Erving. Martin has been cited as the worst first overall draft pick in NBA history.
A 6-foot-11 center out of Loyola University Chicago, LaRue Martin entered the NBA with much fanfare in 1972. Martin set the basketball world abuzz when he outplayed Bill Walton in a game between Loyola and UCLA, in the midst of their storied title runs, in 1971–72. The Portland Trail Blazers were so impressed with Martin that they made him the first overall pick in the 1972 NBA Draft.
However, Martin never caught on in the NBA, and after the Blazers drafted Walton in 1974, he never had the chance. In four seasons Martin never scored more than 7.0 points per game, and he never shot better than .452 from the field. He notched both of those numbers during the 1974–75 season, when Walton missed most of the year with injuries.
Now that is a bust for you. The thing that you should really remember is that the while there are better players, or players who are better, the injury thing is one that you cannot really control. But, Greg Oden gets the Mr. Glass label from the movie Unbreakable, with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson
ESPN.com gives us the bad news for Oden.
“He’s a strong kid,” said general manager Kevin Pritchard, visibly shaken by the latest injury to befall the 7-foot center. “He’s going to bounce back from this.”
The Blazers said Oden will need surgery. A timetable for his return was not immediately set.
“I’m obviously disappointed having worked so hard to get to where I was. This is a setback but I’ll be back. It’s in God’s hands now,” Oden said in a statement released by the team. “I want to thank the fans, my teammates and everyone in the Blazers family for all of their good thoughts.”
Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft out of Ohio State, has been plagued by injures his entire NBA career.
The 7-footer missed rookie season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee. Last season, Oden sat out six games after injuring his right foot in the season opener against the Lakers, then missed 14 games after the All-Star break with a bone chip in his left knee. He finished the season averaging 8.9 points and 7 rebounds.
Oden lost weight during the offseason and was averaging 11.7 points and 8.8 rebounds this season as a starter.
“I thought he was the most consistent player this short season,” coach Nate McMillan said. “For him to go through this — it’s just unfortunate for him because he worked so hard.”
Blazers guard Brandon Roy said Oden spoke to the team at halftime, after he had learned of the diagnosis.
“He told us to keep fighting,” Roy said. “He feels like he’s letting us down.”
Hopefully, he will fight though this and continue to become the next big thing. we was extremely consistent and he provided the Blazers with both offense and defense, something that Joel Pryzbilla cannot. The first two cases with Sam Bowie and LaRue Martin were bad scouting and bad decisions. Kevin Durant is an excellent player and a quality individual so far in the league. He is the modern day Scottie Pippen. He can guard 2, 3, or 4 on the floor with no problems and can chase down pg’s too. But, Greg was and is an excellent talent too. He can go left or right, due to the wrist accident his senior year. He is a good free throw shooter and an elite shotblocker and rebounder. Those factors are reasons to still have valued him higher. At the time, Durant was just an elite scorer, not much else. He clearly has blossomed into one of the best in the Association right now, but that is hard to predict. The jury is still out here….even though some want to call the race after the first lap.