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Stupid Question: Could Mike Rice actually know something this time?

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For the last couple of days Mike Rice has been repeating that Oden didn't have a setback, and the initial reports of an additional Oden "problem" were false information. I gave that the "Rice Discount" and ignored it the last couple of days as Rice just being Rice? (Hey I love the guy, but not as a source of information.) Well, he's back at it today on twitter. It doesn't make any sense that Oden and his agent agreed to a smaller one-year deal than the QO unless there was really reason to think that Oden might not return this year (and thus possibly invoke the "can't sign the QO if you know you won't play" CBA rule). Even Nate and Larry Miller have referred to "the setback" as recently as FanFest. But perhaps the setback is just how slowly his rehab is going as opposed to an actual new or related problem (perhaps there is no new ligament problem as initially reported and that is the misinformation Rice keeps referring to). Anyway, for what it's worth here's the funny twitter exchange today: MikeRice6 "@Quanah503: @mikerice6 It's been weirdly silent on Oden and his "setback"."there was no setback. He is still on org schedule. Misinfo MikeRice6 "@DeLaShu: @mikerice6 how come they restructured Oden's contract after they gave him the QO if there was no setback?"business decision MikeRice6 "@DJBReady: @mikerice6 @Quanah503 miss info by the president/GM? really?"give link by gm or pres saying that MikeRice6 "@zers1881: @mikerice6 So u on record that Oden should be back by end of Jan as previously scheduled?"am i a doc now.

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