I am of the opinion that there is something going wrong with the Blazer's medical staff. Elliot Williams revelation that this injury has "happened to [him] before" and he "knew exactly what it is" should raise a flag re: the competence of the folks who signed off on his health before he was drafted. I knew and NAIA baller from way back who had to have both knees cut to fix a chronically dislocating patella because of the same things Elliot Williams just said, "It's an injury where after three or four weeks, you're good," Williams explained. "But if it keeps happening, a major injury can happen. So it's best if I just get it fixed now."
Duh! How could they have overlooked this injury if "it's happened before" and even Elliot Williams knew what it was? That indicates - to me at least - that there were medical records out there explaining this injury and a decent, forward thinking training staff would say, "Hmmmmm. Given the injuries that plagued this team last year and our complete whiff on the Oden/health thing, maybe we should heed the alarm bells going off in our collective head and scuttle this pick for pragmatic purposes."
Now, couple that with Oberto coming back and having a "recurring" cardiac problem - again, did anyone make this guy work out at game speed before he got here? - and Oden's magically separating kneecap, Outlaw's broken foot that hurt for days before it actually broke, Brandon's history as a China doll, Rudy's back problems, the undiagnosed back problem that followed Webster out of town and whatever the hell else I'm missing and I see some problems with the prevention and monitoring of these investments.
Maybe Paul Allen can Shanghai the training staff for the Phoenix Suns and keep them locked up in Tualatin in a windowless room where they can secretly work on getting the Blazers healthy - a la the ageless Steve Nash, the injury riddled Grant Hill, Jason "I Still Jump to the Moon" Richardson - and keeping them healthy for an entire season.
Sweet mamma jamma, this is getting ridiculous.