If you haven't heard by now… Greg Oden is done for the season… again… after the team announced he'll have to undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee.
So after four NBA season… Greg Oden will have played exactly 82 games.
I feel horrible for the guy. All that promise and nothing to show for it. And while there is still time, theoretically, for him to rehab… get healthy… and make a comeback… who thinks that's really gonna happen.
Don't get me wrong. If he's willing to sign a non-guaranteed deal I'd be happy to take him in a no-risk situation. But that's another conversation for another time.
Right now I just want you to look back at that draft lottery night in 2007… think about the anticipation you had for a #1 or #2 pick after the C's tanked that previous season. Think about how your stomach dropped when you saw the Celtics come up at #5.
Now go back and watch that video and be thankful we didn't draft Greg Oden. Who knows how things would have worked out if we got Kevin Durant… but I think we can say with a lot of certainty that the punch in the gut we got on that draft lottery night was pretty much the best thing that happened to this franchise.
Poor Greg Oden, man. I know he's got a few million he can fall back on… so it's not ALL horrible for him. But I just don't see how you can't feel bad for him