I have a dirty secret. Or, at least there's one I want to share. The Blazers won a great game against the Jazz last night, and I was a little disappointed. The reason? The Greg Oden of December reappeared and made me realize he has one more big step he needs to take to make his rookie season a smashing success.
We all know what a bad Oden game looks like by now. It starts with two fouls in the first quarter. He always follows that up with at least his third foul in the second quarter, and then his fourth or fifth in third quarter before Nate relegates him to the bench. It happened again last night against the Jazz.
We have seen Greg go from having no offensive moves except a dunk, to having a nice jump hook. We've seen him go from always getting the ball slapped away to rarely losing it. He's gone from listless and sullen to engaged and energetic. We've even seen him start to cut down on his fouls overall.
What we haven't seen is Greg's ability to start a game with foul trouble and then bounce back and be a factor. I want to see that from him, because if we do, I think we've got everything we need from him to be a consistent contributor to our team, At this point, Greg has proven that he helps us if he's on the court, so this seems like the last thing he needs to learn in order to be the consistent threat we need him to be.
Do you all think there is something else more important the he needs to develop?