No big shocking news here, I think all Blazer fans know by now not only is Oden always getting injured it takes him twice as long to recover than the average player. We have another good 4 months before training camp starts and hopefully by then he will be healthy and in shape ready to go. Assuming he is ready to go I think the Blazers should take advantage of this rare opportunity and take off the training wheels and see what he can really do playing 32-34 minutes vs his 22-24 he has averaged so far in his brief 82 game career. So far he has played only 6 games where he has played 32 minutes or more and in spite of picking up a foul per every 5 and half minutes played has only fouled out 5 times.
I would like to see that all change by employing what I would like to call the "ODEN PLAN". At the end of every game at least one of four things MUST happen #1 Played at least 32 minutes #2 Fouled out #3 Ejected #4 Carried out, no exceptions win or lose does not matter. To accomplish this monumental feat I think a firm set in stone minutes per quarter should be set, something like the first 10 minutes in the 1st quarter and the last 8 of the second and the same plan in the second half. Do not worry about fouls, if he picks up 6 fouls in the first quarter so be it its not like we have never played without him before no big deal. Maybe he can learn from the experience and possibly the reffs will have second thoughts about fouling a guy out before the first half is even over. A new contract is coming up and we really need to find out if he is even capable of playing 30+ minutes night in and night out, but hopefully we will take this opportunity and find out before he goes down once again.