Oden Lost for the Season
Yeah, that was pretty shocking and very sad to see that story this morning. Damn, the Trailblazers just have some seriously bad luck. Of course, everyone's already pointing out the similarity between this issue (and not choosing Durant first), and the Sam Bowie issue way back in 1984, being picked before Jordon, and pretty much being a total injury-prone bust. Apparently the Blazers had even expressed some serious concerns over Oden's knees prior to the draft, but ultimately blew them off, partly in favor of Oden's sterling personality (in trying to reshape the team's "Jail Blazers" image). Man, they're gonna suck this year, especially after having traded away Zach Randolph.
Durant, on the other hand has made a far more impressive showing in the Summer Leagues and for Team USA than Oden did (who actually quit the USA team due to fatigue, IIRC). Talk about some serious regret for the Blazers staff. Oy.