Give the Guy a Break: Why We Should Feel Sorry for Portland’s Greg Oden

December 6th, 2009 by Sean Fearon Leave a reply »
When I logged on to to receive my daily dose of all things basketball, I was greeted with a sorry sight. 

A young man writhing in agony, clutching his leg on the hardwood, again.

I shook my head.

Greg Oden doesn't deserve this, no one in his situation does.

You have to wonder what will hurt him more. The pain of recovering from another major surgery at the tender age of 21. Or the fact that his first real season as an NBA player was cut short after 20 games. That has to sting.

Oden was never going to be an All-Star this year, or even log the eye-popping stats it was said he could when he came into this league as a teenager.

But now that he is out for the season again, he will be furthermore branded as the "useless draft bust" or the reincarnation of the Blazers' last dreadful draft pick, Sam Bowie.

All those things may be true, and I, like all of you, was looking forward to watching the man-child out of Ohio state that was labeled by some as the next Shaquille O'Neal.

But put yourself in his enormous shoes. Would you like to be ridiculed by literally thousands of b ...

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