Pivot Points: Why Such Concern for Oden When Portland’s Been Struggling Anyway?

December 8th, 2009 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Greg Oden's most recent leave of absence from the NBA has started much speculation about the status of the current Portland Trail Blazers team, and what the future may be in store for them.

Well, if right now is any indication, why worry about Oden? The team was showing cracks the size of canyons well before his injury anyway.

There are many things that could be attributed to Portland and their inability to live up to lofty preseason predictions, and injuries are definitely a major factor. Coach Nate McMillan even managed to injure himself dressing for practice.

The question has been posed if the Blazers are cursed, and that's just as good an explanation as any to try to explain the franchise's lack of success over the course of the years.

Injuries beset any team, but Portland's inability to win a championship with some of the teams they have fielded defies explanation.

Clyde Drexler's teams did have to contend with Michael Jordan and his Bulls, but the makeup of Portland's teams were arguably more talented than Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and their traveling circus.

The Portland teams of the early decade ran into ...

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