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Old 11-14-2007, 02:27 AM   #1
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The three defining debates of 2007:

1. Did Tony Soprano die?
2. Jessica Biel or Scarlett Johansson?
3. Greg Oden or Kevin Durant?

Only David Chase can settle the first one. Only Justin Timberlake can settle the second. But the third one? That's why I'm here. With Portland on the clock, let's break this baby down once and for all.

NAME
To be a superstar, your name needs to resonate like a superstar's. "Shawn Bradley" sounds like someone dying to get dunked on. "Nikoloz Tskitishvili" sounds like a tropical disease. "Ricky Davis" sounds like someone who would shoot at the wrong basket just so he could grab the rebound and fill in a triple-double. But "Greg Oden" and "Kevin Durant"? Not to be too Jack Horner, but those are some great names. I'm giving Durant the nod because his name would fit the lead character in any Omar Epps sports movie from 1993 to 2005.
EDGE: Durant

WOW FACTOR
Any budding franchise player should make you yelp every once in a while, like when Oden ripped away Corey Brewer's dunk in the NCAA title game. Durant had a ton of those moments last season, most notably his 25-point first-half barrage at Kansas, highlighted by his swishing a 27-footer and prancing in front of the stunned Jayhawks crowd. He wasn't showing off; it was more like he was saying, "This is awesome. I'm doing this in a famous gym on national TV!" Durant has that rare MJ/Kobe gene that allows him to catch fire like an NBA Jam character and make you think, Hey, he might spring for 50. Should I alert my friends? (37%...37%, people) :
EDGE: Durant

UNINTENTIONAL COMEDY
Oden dominates here because everyone on the planet, and even on some other planets, has already made the "How old is the guy?" joke. It's this decade's "Why did the characters on Gilligan's Island bring so many suitcases on a three-hour tour?" or "Does O.J. really expect to find the killers on a golf course?"
BIG EDGE: Oden





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Old 11-14-2007, 02:33 AM   #2
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Yeah, I didn't enjoy this much. He was pratically building an Oden shrine in his backyard after the Florida game, then 2 months later he's acting like Oden is Sam Bowie's dud brother and Durant is Michael Jesus Magic Shaquille Bird.

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Old 11-14-2007, 02:33 AM   #3
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I liked it.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:34 AM   #4
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Who was the stupid b!tch that said Kobe was greater than Jordan......yeah find her name and article and that's "the worst NBA article written in the history of journalism"
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:34 AM   #5
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Im not sure exactly which it is...but im sure the worst NBA article was written by Jason Whitlock.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:40 AM   #6
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Im not sure exactly which it is...but im sure the worst NBA article was written by Jason Whitlock.
It can't be too much worse than this.

A MJ/T-Mac/KG hybrid????

I refuse to believe there has been something worse in the history of mankind than to make an absurd comparison like that. A MJ/T-Mac/KG hybrid?
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:50 AM   #7
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yes we get it, Bill Simmons overrates Durant, this is nothing new, you don't need to add your "omg stoopid " comment to every single paragraph.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:53 AM   #8
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So, it took you 5 months to think of the comments about this article?
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:55 AM   #9
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This very well may be the 2nd-worst NBA article written for public consumption:

http://proxy.espn.go.com/espn/page2/...th=9&year=2007


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Sports Guy Blog: Greg Oden SLOTTED
Sep. 13, 2007 | feedback


Warning: Do not read this if you're a Portland Trail Blazers fan.



The three-word e-mail came this morning from someone who knows things: "Oden -- microfracture surgery."



My three-word response: "Oh. My. God."



It's one of the saddest stories in recent NBA history, regardless of how it turns out down the road: Not just that Portland took the wrong guy last June, but that the same city may have been screwed over twice. There was Bowie-over-MJ, and now, there might be Oden-over-Durant.



The Blazers' fans don't deserve this. They don't deserve the "Bowie 2.0" jokes, and they don't deserve to endure a season of Kevin Durant knife-in-the-stomach highlights when he's averaging 25 points a game on a bad Seattle team. On a larger scale, the double whammy of Bowie/Oden brings back memories of the day Reggie Lewis dropped dead seven summers after Lenny Bias' coke overdose . Obviously it's not as tragic because nobody died, but there was that same "Oh God, not again ..." feeling upon hearing the news. I know that feeling all too well. As a sports fan, there's nothing worse.



It's not like this story came out of the blue. Heading into the draft, there were concerns about Oden's long-term physical health and the fact his legs were different sizes. After his predraft physical with Portland, rumors spread that the Blazers were concerned about his knees, followed by a round of stories that they weren't concerned at all. I believed at the time the Oden-Durant thing was so close, ANY potential physical concerns should have swung the choice to Durant; that's one of the reasons I kept writing last June that Durant should be Portland's pick. Everyone kept writing Oden was a sure thing; if anything, Durant was the sure thing. He has a chance to become one of the greatest offensive players ever. That's his ceiling. We've never seen anyone remotely like him. Throw in his competitiveness and flair for the dramatic and I probably wrote more words arguing Durant's case than anything I've ever written for ESPN.com. Even for the team Portland had, Durant was the logical pick -- the Blazers could have kept Zach Randolph and played Durant at small forward instead of stupidly giving Randolph away.



From Portland's viewpoint, what worried me was Oden wasn't entirely a basketball decision. Clearly, his gregarious personality played a huge role -- the Blazers even said so -- and when he hammed it up at a local parade after the draft, you could see why they picked him. After the whole Jail Blazers debacle, they spent the next few years trying to upgrade the character of their team. Hence, the curious Martell Webster pick (sixth in the '05 draft???), the Brandon Roy/LaMarcus Aldridge picks (and the team shying away from Ty Thomas); the Randolph trade; Steve Francis' buyout and everything else. It's not like Durant is a bad guy -- he's actually a good guy, just shy and uncomfortable with the press -- but Oden's deadpan wit and constant smile off the court made him a more seductive pick for a franchise that was desperately trying to win back the citizens of Portland. Supposedly, they were also attracted to Oden because he's a loyal person who didn't care where he played, whereas Durant's motives were tougher to peg. In four years, if Durant evolved into a superstar and had the words of the wrong agent in his ear, would he bail on Portland to play for a big market? Could they take that chance?


So, Greg Oden was the "safe" pick.



Here's the irony of the whole thing: You know who would have won the good people of Portland back and gotten them excited about basketball again? A kick-ass superstar like Kevin Durant. That's why the Blazers should have taken the most talented player. And everything that happened after the draft helped Durant's case: Oden looked terrible in the summer league and dropped out of the Olympic tryouts because of exhaustion (a dubious reason for someone who's 19; we should have known right there). Meanwhile, Durant got better and better in summer league and knocked everyone's socks off during the Olympic tryouts, including a jaw-dropping performance in the Blue-White scrimmage on TV. Even before the story broke about Oden's surgery, I was 100 percent convinced Portland would regret passing on Durant. We'll see 20 more Odens before we see another Durant.




SILVER LINING?
Three things that might cheer up Blazers fan:


1. From what we know about microfracture surgery, it seems younger players can come back at 100 percent (such as Amare Stoudemire).


2. The Oden-less Blazers are headed for another top-five pick because they play in a tough conference; if Oden comes back healthy in 2009, they're going to be stacked.


3. Video Game Greg is still healthy on Portland's "NBA Live 2008" roster.





You could say "Those who ignore the mistakes of history are doomed to repeat them," and you might be right. But throwing aside all the videotapes, predraft interviews and workouts and everything else, there's this: At the ESPYS two months ago, I helped write jokes for Jimmy Kimmel, whose dressing room was backstage at the Kodak Theater and right off a hallway where celebrities were ushered in and out before and after the show. So, I watched every single athlete walk by at some point, and I swear, if I hadn't taken this summer off to write a book, I would have written about this story in a blog or something.



Anyway, when you see basketball players dressed in normal clothes, it's mesmerizing to watch them walk for two reasons: They're always much bigger in person, but they move so effortlessly that it's always strangely discombobulating to watch them walk, like they belong to another species or something. For instance, we all know one or two exceptionally tall people who don't play sports -- they always move gingerly, and their posture usually isn't that good, and everything about them says, "I wish I wasn't this tall." The best athletes in the NBA don't carry themselves like this. They glide. Everything moves effortlessly as they walk, and it's impossible to fully explain unless you've seen it. Even someone like Shaq glides across the room like he's the size of Steve Nash. They don't move like normal tall people.



So, before and after the show, I was vigilantly watching everyone stroll by for one reason: I wanted to see Oden and Durant walking in normal clothes. It was like the final piece of the "Durant vs. Oden" puzzle for me. As it turned out, I got to see Durant first -- he shuffled down the hallway, all 81 inches of him, looking like he was put on Earth to play sports for a living. No big surprise there. Even the biggest nonsports fan on the planet could watch Durant walk for 35 feet and think, "That guy was born to play basketball." Now, I needed Oden. We didn't see him before the show, and I didn't see him right afterward. Just when I was about to give up, a friend of mine said, "Yo, Oden just walked by."



I scurried down the hallway to see him. Lo and behold, Oden was walking by himself down the last stretch of the hallway, about 50 feet in all, right before the exit to head outside.



And you know what? He walked like a 50-year-old man. His posture was screwed up. He had the Fred Sanford walk going. If you saw him from behind and just studied his walk, you would have thought it was a retired player, someone like Patrick Ewing or Robert Parish. I couldn't believe it. I didn't stop talking about it the rest of the night. Greg Oden walked like a guy who had bad knees. If I were Portland's GM and watched Oden walk across the room, that would have been it for me. The next day, I even called my buddy Sully (who works for the Celtics) just to have the obligatory, "Yo, we might have dodged a bullet May 22; Greg Oden walks like a 50-year-old man" conversation.



Now, you could argue this is the single dumbest thing I've ever written, and you might even be right. Just know I have spent the past two months telling that Oden/ESPYS story to everyone who brought up the Oden-Durant thing to me. Sometimes in life, you just know with these things. And yeah, there's a chance he was already favoring his knee at the ESPYS, or he hurt his knee during summer league. There's also a chance his body doesn't carry its weight correctly and puts unnecessary stress on his legs and joints. ... You know, the exact same problem Sam Bowie had.



I hope I'm wrong. Portland needs Greg Oden to be good. The NBA needs Greg Oden to be good. On a personal note, I was legitimately excited to watch him play. Now he's gone for the season, and any NBA fan who doesn't cringe at the phrase "microfracture surgery" is lying their ass off. Amare Stoudemire came back, so there's hope for Blazers fans. Just don't tell me Greg Oden was the safe pick of the 2007 NBA draft. Two months ago, I wrote Durant was "the surest thing to come into the league since Jordan. Barring injury, he's going to be the league's next dominant forward."



That's what the Portland Trail Blazers passed up June 28, 2007. I thought it would haunt them some day. ... I just didn't know it would haunt them so soon.




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Old 11-14-2007, 02:55 AM   #10
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And arguing against Simmons using this seasons stats is pointless as well. Simmons wasn't trying to say Durant will be a top NBA player this year.
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Its definitely cringe worthy.
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And arguing against Simmons using this seasons stats is pointless as well. Simmons wasn't trying to say Durant will be a top NBA player this year.
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Are you that scared of Durant being better than your god Lebron PB?
All you post is Durant bashing threads
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What I find most amusing is you argue his point about Durant's shooting streaks by bringing up shooting average.
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First of all, nothing Simmons writes should ever be misconstrued as journalism. He shouldn't be held to the same standards that say Ric Bucher or Marc Stein should be held to. The whole point to his column is he takes it from a sports fan's perspective, which includes (and it seems that this happening more often than not, especially with the Boston teams being on top of the world) being biased on certain topics rather than look at a subject objectively. This column though in particular was fairly grating because anyone who was familiar with him knew that he favored Durant over Oden and beat the topic into the ground even before the draft. Then this column came out and served as a longwinded "I told you so" to everyone in Oden's camp and he spent the whole article patting himself on the back. Really as a basketball fan (which he really is, once you take away his biases and the fact that his brain has been turned to mush over the last few years), he should've been mourning the fact that it could symbolize the loss of a really great basketball talent and a good guy in general the public could get behind (but hopefully Oden comes back healthy). But the larger argument still stands, why are you just reacting to this article now? It came out about 5 months ago.
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