Yahoo!: Oden Vows To Return Strong
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 10/20/2010 11:36 AM

    “I’m not worried about people believing in me. I believe in myself,” he said. “If you’re going to doubt me, doubt me. But I know what I can do, and I know I’m going to improve, and I know that I can bring a lot to this team.”

    If it were up to Oden, he would have already contributed plenty. After arriving as the No. 1 pick of the 2007 draft, he was expected to team with Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge to make the Blazers a contender in the Western Conference. But while Portland has improved – advancing to the first round of the playoffs in each of the past two seasons – injuries have kept the team from reaching its full potential.

    And no Blazer has struggled to stay healthy more than Oden, who’s played in just 82 of a possible 246 games in the past three seasons. The frustration of Portland fans has been compounded by the fact that Kevin Durant, who was selected one pick after Oden, has developed into the NBA’s reigning scoring champion and an MVP candidate.

    “He’s been through a lot,” Roy said of Oden. “He’s had major injuries for a young kid to deal with who’s had all these expectations. … I think more people would be more down than he’s shown.”


    It's good to hear that Oden still believes in himself, which is key. It doesn't matter if everyone in the world knew he was going to pull through everything if he didn't believe it as well. I truly think this is Oden's make it or break it (no pun intended) year. He has the talent, but another injury could wipe it all away. I pray for Oden's sake that he can just play basketball..that's all he wants to do.
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  1. TayC
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    Posted 10/20/2010 12:48 PM

    1 season for oden is 3 for everyone else, nice. Oden needs to come back by himself, show the NBA that he's ready to play, but it all comes down to him, and that damn knee. He better take care of it.
    You know Oden really reminds me of Young Bill Russel, they sound very similar, they look quite similar, and they were and are so young and talented. When i look at Oden, i cant help but see Bill.
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 10/20/2010 1:15 PM

    Seems like I have heard this before ??  Time to show it ......
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  1. BR7_Fan
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    Posted 10/20/2010 2:13 PM

    If Grant Hill can resurrect his NBA career anything is possible as long as you stay positive and believe in yourself.
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  1. barnettfan
    Posts: 392

    Posted 10/20/2010 4:47 PM

    To steal a line from Dennis Miller; I really like the cut of his gib.Although I am still one major injury away from chalking him up to another Sam Bowie. I would just like to hear a bit of news on when to expect him. I thought he was supposed to suit up before Joel but it looks the opposite will happen from the reports. Still the guy is tough and has alot of intestinal fortitude, lets just hope that is enough.
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  1. Bertram
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    Posted 10/20/2010 8:52 PM

    Got to love that tendinitis.

    Our team needs knee insurance.
    I am a fan of B-Roy and LaMonster!
  1. kcarlson21
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    Posted 10/20/2010 9:22 PM

    Oh hold your horses, the most valid point here is about Grant Hill. You don't want to rush him into things with so much on the line, like its been said many people are looking at this comeback at the last chance, and with him being in a contract year it only adds more pressure on top of people asking when he will be back on the court. Joel will be back soon, we all know that.. Greg needs to take his time, get 100% and see what happens. 

    If Arvydas is done using those knee braces tho, maybe Oden should give them a spin..

    Good Luck G.O. 
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 10/21/2010 9:03 AM

    Amen on the knee braces.
    If this were even the first 2 years of this, I might agree with holding my horses kcarlson, time to show it !!
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  1. Bertram
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    Posted 10/21/2010 11:17 AM

    2nd amen to the knee braces.
    I am a fan of B-Roy and LaMonster!
  1. kcarlson21
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    Posted 10/21/2010 11:51 AM

    @Kim I agree it is time to show it, and he knows that with the contract on the line but my hold your horses comment was aimed at the people wanting a time line, wanting Greg to get on the court as soon as possible. I want to see him as bad as anyone else, but this being the 3rd comeback from injuries.. I say rushing him is the last thing that needs to be done. 
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