In today's O, Brandon Roy is quoted as saying, "I've been telling people once [Oden] gets healthy and gets his confidence, this dude is going to be a force...And I still think he is giving people just a taste of what he is going to do. I mean, he's a good man. People just have to continue to be patient." But what does Roy know? I still say Greg Oden is a bust!
OK, this is another hurryup'09 ironic post. My actual point is: WHERE ARE ALL THE MEA CULPA POSTS?
For months now, we've been having to wade thru negative post after negative post about Greg Oden at this site. Either it's been the ridiculous "He's got the body of an old man" posts, or the still more ridiculous suggestions that Greg Oden has no game. We're talking about the guy who led his team to the NCAA championship game while playing one-handed! Then, during that game, this future "bust" dominated a pair of soon-to-be NBA 7-footers. There IS a reason they dubbed the '07 draft "the Greg Oden draft," you know!
Today, in the wake of probably the most dominating pair of performances in NBA history by a 20-year-old center playing his first extended minutes, I expected to see a horde of mea culpa posts and comments. I mean, all the BE Chicken Littles HAD to have seen the play last night where GO backed big, bad Al Jefferson down, then flipped the ball in over him like he was a little kid. In the wake of the play, Jefferson lay on his back stunned, likely thinking to himself, "Oh my God, is THIS what I'm going to be dealing with for the rest of my career??"
But just now I searched in vain for all the fan posts & comments saying, in effect, "Forgive me Lord Oden for I have sinned." Maybe all the Oden doubters and haters actually don't believe Brandon Roy--or their lying eyes. Maybe that won't come until GO racks up his first 20 point, 15 rebound, 10 block, 5 assist, 3 steal game. Maybe only after that inevitable occurance will they finally be ready to admit the error of their ways and hop aboard the Greg Oden bandwagon—the vehicle taking Blazerdom to the Promised Land. Or maybe not even then??
Are you ready to admit that you were foolish to declare--or even to entertain the notion--that a 20-year-old who'd dominated high school and college basketball might be a bust--this after he'd played a grand total of 30 NBA minutes?
OK, OK: I was an idiot. I should have shown a little patience. It should have been obvious that GO's career just got off to a rough start. (20 votes)
OK, I was woefully wrong. But I'm not about to admit it in a fanpost (6 votes)
Well, maybe I was wrong. But I have to see more beast-like NBA centers reduced to tears before I'm convinced (31 votes)
NO WAY was I wrong! I might not even admit that after GO helps lead the Blazers to multiple championships (16 votes)
Wait a minute: I had confidence in GO from Day One, and I expressed it early and often. The kid is still 20 years old, for goodness sakes! (481 votes)
554 total votes