Beaverton, OR written on 9/14/07 -
I am out here on the left coast visiting my very busy daughters. I got off the airplane and checked into the hotel yesterday only to learn that Greg Oden will miss the entire season due to microfracture surgury to strengthen his left knee.
You know, sometimes you get down on the Celtics luck as we all did on May 22, 2007 and then this happens to the Trailblazers. Instead of taking a nap, I listened to two hours of coverage on all the Portland stations digesting the details of microfracture surgery to strengthen cartilidge in his knee. Amare Stoudemire of Phoenix was shut down a year and he came back strong as an example. Other athletes have not been as lucky.
Then all the history of big man problems Portland has had (including Bill Walton) was brought out.
So how does this affect the Celtics. We could have been easily set on this path where we go, Oh No!! We lost our big man. Though I think Ainge would have taken Durant and traded Pierce for possibly Chauncey Billups. So the Celtics chose to trade for KG and RA and this looking infinitely smarter. In fairness to Portland, I think they will still field a decent young team that finishes tenth in the WC and they will get to add more young talent and have Raef LaFrentz' expiring contract as a chip next summer. Should they choose, they could go after Kobe Bryant to add to LeMarcus Aldridge, Greg Oden and whatnot.
Everybody out here is talking about the Greg Oden injury but in Boston I guess I would take my chances with a veteran team and look to cash in within a few years.