History Repeats Itself: Sam Bowie Part Deux, The Greg Oden Story

November 18th, 2010 by Tyler Robinson Leave a reply »
Four years ago I was at my friend's house watching a college basketball game that Kevin Durant happened to be partaking in. At that time in my life I didn't really watch a lot of college basketball, but I knew enough to realize that this Durant kid had something special. 

I told my buddies that Kevin Durant looked like he'd be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Everyone in the room acted like I was an idiot, that I didn't know what I was talking about. Apparently there was this guy Greg Oden (who I had not seen play) who was going to be a perennial all-star.

Well that year my Portland Trailblazers won the lottery and the rest is history.

Just a few short seasons ago the Trailblazers selected Greg Oden with the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft. The sky was the limit with Oden; he was being compared to big men like Patrick Ewing and Tim Duncan. Portland was going to be a championship contender for the next decade with Oden controlling the paint. Oden's potential was so great that Portland passed on the young man Durant.

Oden is no longer compared to Duncan or Ewing; now he is often compared to ...

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