Greg Oden, Meet Sam Bowie
Well this must be a buzz kill for the good people of Portland. It appears that Greg Oden, the man around whom Danny Ainge’s Master Plan was built, is likely done before training camp even starts. The reason: Microfracture knee surgery.
This is really dreadful for the Trail Blazers who have had three history-making draft picks in their tenure and have pretty much had no luck with any of them. First, it was Bill Walton, who did win a title for the Blazers, but then talked his way out of town after succumbing to an awful array of foot injuries.
Then it was Sam Bowie, a really nice guy from Kentucky whom the Blazers took ahead of some guy named Michael Jordan because they had Clyde Drexler, and you already know the rest of that story. Of course, Jordan was better, but Bowie could have been a decent NBA center if not for, wait for it, an awful array of knee injuries.
And so now it is Oden. Does anyone even know how good Oden really is? He missed the first part of the college basketball season with a wrist injury and then dominated the NCAA Tournament when it appeared his wrist was close to 100 percent, and now this?
The Celtics, meanwhile, lost out on both Oden and Kevin Durant, as you know, and wound up with Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen instead. Perhaps the C’s awful run of bad luck is over.