I'm asking a simple question. Last year the Blazer Organization invited the likes of Steven Hill and Co. to compete with the team. I don't know if Steven was just here for Greg Oden to bang bodies with, but you noticed how GO definitely had a swag about him in the preseason. Especially with blocks like that nasty one on Spencer Hawes.
So a couple of questions come to my mind. Is
is it good for Portland to bring some one on board, another 7 footer to be practice fodder for Greg and Joel Przybilla? Could some one else maybe help accelerate the advancement of the toughness in the power forward reserve position? (I'm looking at you Mr. Travis Outlaw) Who are the best reserves to bring in and do they really actually help the team and it's improvement or are they better off just splitting off into 1st and 2nd teams and going at it daily?
Me personally, I feel that when the Trailblazers go out to get some bodies for the regulars to go up against, they better make dang certain they get a thick 6'10" plus guy for Joel and more specifically Greg to bang around with during Training Camp. Maybe it's just me, but I would love to see Steven Hill back. Although someone different may actually help G.O. more.
Let's face it, the most vitally important task over the off season was the improvement of Greg Oden. Now I believe he has been putting in the effort, his desire is there, and he is having fun again. I believe all of that will translate into a dramatic improvement for the Big Fella. However, let's let Greg have a "punching bag" (so to say) to improve upon or show his improvement on during training camp. Joel is great and all, but you don't want your center insurance policy and one of your best defensive players getting busted up in practice, that's what the games are for. So instead of leaving that job up to Joel, let's get some no-name in here to be used and abused by Greg and Joel. And give them a legit shot at becoming the 15th man, so Greg has his punching bag all season long.
What other ideas do you have, in regards to training camp invitees/attendees? Also, do you agree or disagree about Greg's "punching bag"?