Greg Oden Appreciation Thread
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 03/22/2012 10:06 PM

    Lost in all the hoopla that was Trade Deadline 2012 was the fact that the Trail Blazers and Greg Oden officially parted ways, ending his five-year run in Rip City. While it didn't go as planned, I hold no ill will towards Greg. I mean, why would he purposefully get injured? So for those fans out there who are angry at Oden, please check your attitude at the door. It's also easier to deal with knowing he was a talent on the hardwood. I remember Coach McMllan talking to our staff at the office in the fall of 2009 and he said that Greg was the only player at the time keeping us above water and playing to his potential. And for that month and a half to start off the 2010 season, we saw a glimpse of what Greg was capable of. And it was amazing. The scary part was he only was scraping the surface. But it didn't work out and sometimes that is the way the cookie crumbles. And I thank G.O. for always fighting back after every setback. He could have mailed it in a long time ago but he always pushed himself to get healthy.

    Here is what Greg said to the fans of Rip City on his Facebook Fan Page-
    I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have supported me during my time in Portland. The physical setbacks I have faced during my career have been extremely challenging but I am grateful to everyone who have stood by me and remained positive. I would especially like to thank everyone in the Blazers organization, my teammates, the fans, my family and friends. As I move forward in a new direction, I am committed to pursuing my goals of getting back on the court and I will always hold a special place in my heart for the state and people of Oregon.
    Although it didn't pan out, I wouldn't trade this memory for the world-

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  1. freddead
    Posts: 321

    Posted 03/22/2012 10:13 PM

    not gunna lie be kinda nice to get him back whenever or if ever he gets healthy
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  1. barnettfan
    Posts: 392

    Posted 03/22/2012 11:52 PM

    DHawes nice of you to put that clip up there from Greg. I am not going to blame anyone for not posting here. What happened to Greg was just out of everyone's hands. It would be nice to see him play a season or two.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posts: 1669

    Posted 03/23/2012 12:38 AM

    Stay strong Oden, we definately missing the big five two

    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. D_pickett
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    Posted 03/23/2012 10:17 PM

    Well... I kind of hope that, if he goes anywhere else, he ends up with Cleveland. It would be nice for him to be closer to home. Otherwise, I can't say I won't be a little bitter that it didn't pan out for him in Portland, but I certainly won't be bitter TOWARD Greg. Maybe just a little angry at fate (or the gods of basketball or whatever). And as long as he doesn't end up in OKC, I want to see Greg destroy KD and the Thunder just to prove that he earned the #1 draftee of 2007.
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