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??