With the NBA lockout looking like it's going to last a while and me wondering if there's even going to be a season at all, I was thinking of the status of Brandon Roy and Greg Oden and the possibilities of both of them playing somewhere else next season. Whenever next season begins.
I'll start off first with Brandon and a couple of ideas I've been pondering. It seems that most people agree that Brandon won't ever be the player he was 2 to 3 years ago because of his knees. But there are a couple things I wanna address about that. First, I wanna go back to game 4 Vs Dallas and the 4th quarter comeback (unfortunately I turned the game off near the end of the 3rd and I'm still kicking myself for it.) that he lead and what he said after the game about his performance. These are the quotes from after the game.
Interviewer: "This one feels a lot more emotional tonight Brandon. Why?"
B-Roy: "Just with everything I've been through this year. I mean, there were times where I didn't know if I'd play basketball again. In the minutes situation, we were down 20 points and I just said I'm gonna play i got nothing to lose."
What I'm getting out of this quote from Brandon is that he just decided to go out there and try to be the all star Brandon Roy. He went out there and decided to carry the team on his back because he had nothing to lose. Here's my problem with that. What does he have to lose when he goes out there every night? Brandon is losing a lot more by not being aggressive than he is by playing like he did against Dallas in game 4. Maybe in that game he was just feeling a lot better than he did in previous games or even all of last season. Or maybe he's capable of this all the time but he just doesn't go after it because he feels like he has something to lose. In my opinion he has everything to gain. I know he's really hurt and his knees are in bad shape. But that quote just got me thinking about that if what he said was really the case, then he needs to play like he has nothing to lose every time he steps out there because he really doesn't have anything to lose.
Last season when everyone finally found out what was going on with Brandon's knees there was the option to have a meniscus or cartilage replacement in both of his knees. But it was decided that he didn't want to do that because it could end his career. Now if game 4 was one of those days where Brandon was feeling good and the Brandon Roy we're gonna get on a regular basis is someone who comes off the bench and averages 8 to 10 points per game then in my opinion he may as well hang it up. Also with the lockout going on he could have gotten the surgery early last season and had time to heal up and see how he felt. Even if he missed a shortened season this year because of the surgery I'd be okay with it. But I guess we'll just have to see how it plays out with him. I hope he can be back to what he used to be. But I understand that it's very doubtful that he will be. If the Blazers could have the old Brandon Roy, the new LaMarcus Aldridge, and a healthy Greg Oden. Who knows how good this team could be?!
Speaking of Greg Oden I wanted to talk briefly about him. I'm not sure how he's doing and what the Blazers plans are for him. But I hope they re sign him. Mostly because of the fear that he may go somewhere else and become what everyone always thought he would be when he got drafted. But also because last year he said that the knee he got the micro fracture surgery on just before his rookie year is stronger than ever. So I'm only assuming that would be the case with the knee that he just got operated on last season. As of right now, in my opinion, Oden is the only hope the Blazers have to getting anywhere near an NBA title. Him and LaMarcus would be quite the front court. If I were the Blazers I'd pay Oden whatever he wanted for 2 seasons. If he's still not healthy after 2 more seasons then you cut him loose. But not now. After briefly seeing what he was capable of a couple of years ago when he only played 21 games I don't wanna see the Blazers let him go.