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Dec 08

Greg Oden Will Not Stop

By caseyholdahl Posted in: GregOden
It’s a shame that the Trail Blazers will have to continue the 2009-10 season without Greg Oden. GO’s injury falls pretty low on the list of injustices in the world, but that doesn’t make it any easier to stomach. Hard work should always be rewarded and respected, but sometimes it doesn’t play out that way. Life is often unfair.

Now Oden has even more work ahead of him. He’ll have to wait for his kneecap to heal and then start the arduous process of working his body back into playing shape, but is there any doubt that he’s up to the task? He’s done it before, and he sure as heck can do it again. And maybe he can do it even better this time after going through a similar process two years ago.

“Last summer was a great summer for (Oden),” said General Manager Kevin Pritchard. “He worked his tail off. He’s going to have to have that same kind of summer. Coach Bayno and our coaching staff have done a tremendous job. Now it’s about getting out there and playing again. Take it day to day, get him healthy, focus on that and then we’ll take care of the rest.”

And then there’s motivation. Basketball is what Greg Oden does. It does not define him, but it is a part of who he is. So in some respects, Oden returning to the court from this injury is a way of reclaiming a part of himself. Basketball was taken away from him after microfracture surgery and it was taken away again on Saturday night, but he can take it back. He can.

The Portland Trail Blazers will not give up on Greg Oden, not as a human being or a basketball player. He’s got a lot left. He knows it and the team knows it. Some people were ready to write off his career before the sun rose Sunday morning, but those people don’t know who Greg Oden is. Those who do do know he won’t be defined by this injury, but by his desire to fulfill what he is capable of.

“The last thing I have is given up hope that he can be a better player than what we just saw,” said Pritchard. “I think he knows that. Probably more than anything what we like is that he knows he’s got even more left. That’s more exciting than anything.”

3 Comments

  1. In the immortal words of "Ahnold"....

    "He'll be back!"

    by Langeler on 12/8/2009 3:01 PM
  2. Our wishes are with you and Happy Hollidays! Oden will be the best center in the league.

    by Tarheal23 on 12/24/2009 10:11 AM
  3. Ok dont get me wrong i love Portland and I think Oden will be good once he is injury free IF he can stay that way. But i cant be the only one thinking that this could have possibly been another Micheal Jordan draft and Portland yet again passed on the next great of this league i mean come on look at how Durant is playing compared to the miniscual amount of time that oden is and when he does play hes only getting decent numbers. Plus if portland wants to be good we need to focus on our smaller guys yeah Oden is good use him for REBOUNDING use our smaller guys for scoring if Oden gets a chance of a clean pace where he set him self up good the great dont try to force it.

    by Thrasher1414 on 2/9/2010 2:54 PM
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