Aside from allowing that girl that wasn't wearing pants to grind on him, is there a more indelible image (here's video) of Greg Oden than when he stuffed the bejesus out of Spencer Hawes in the preseason?
Great players, Jordan caliber, form their own paths in the NBA. Other players, even good players (Ehlo, Uncle Cliffy, Bryon Russell, etc.), get their destinies imposed upon them. That can either really suck or be fun to watch, depending upon which side you're on.
I have an inkling that that might be happening here with Oden and Hawes. Spencer just fits (embraces) so many of the stereotypes of an ideal Oden punching bag.
Let's talk out the fate of Spencer Hawes in the comments.
UPDATE: Tom Ziller over at SacTown Royalty responded with a poll and picture of his own. [Warning: if you're still feeling touchy about Greg Oden criticism, you might want to avoid this one. Yes, we've come to the point where a disclaimer gets attached to anything Greg-related that is not effusive praise. And this is definitely not effusive praise.]
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Is Spencer Hawes' destiny in life to be dunked on and swatted by Greg Oden from now through eternity?
Yes, it is written. (621 votes)
Unknown. The tea leaves haven't yet revealed that answer. (46 votes)
No, forming a snap judgement on someone's destiny is bad for one's karma. (114 votes)
Destiny? Why didn't you link to the picture of the girl with no pants again? (254 votes)
1035 total votes