Archive for the ‘Greg Oden’ Category

Oden Is An Idiot
March 28, 2008

It’s been six months since Greg Oden had microfracture surgery on his knee. Since he’s considered the next-greatest center, Portland is being extremely cautious with his rehab. Too bad Oden isn’t doing the same. Despite the fact the team has cleared him to only participate in light drills, Oden decided to play in two pick-up games at a fitness center the other night:

We heard about that, and I talked to him today,” coach Nate McMillan said. “I let him know he can’t do that.”

“I know he is excited to be moving again, but as I talked to him about it he said ‘Coach, I promise I wasn’t running hard …’. And I was like — ‘I really don’t care’,”‘ McMillan said. “The thing is, we were surprised. So we let him know that he doesn’t need to be there. We have plenty of workout equipment and gym space at our facility.”

After Oden took part in two pickup games Wednesday night, one of the participants went home and posted an account on the Internet. By Thursday morning, word had gotten back to the Blazers, who were in Oakland, Calif., for a game against Golden State. McMillan said he then called Oden.

He’s also banned from allowing chicks to grind their ass up against him. I just can’t get enough of that picture.

These Guys Are Coo
September 14, 2007

rajon rondoI love Rajon Rondo more and more every day.  He’s back in Boston… and getting to know his new teammates.

I’m back in Boston now…and I’ve officially met everyone on the team. These guys are coo. I didn’t know what to expect at first because these are All-Stars that I’m playing with, but everyone is really coo and down to earth. We all have been chillin with each other and our team chemistry seems to be great.

I’m telling you… these guys live the life.  Playing spades at Paul Pierce’s house?  Big team golf trips.  Yes, I’m jealous. 

So now that you’ve had a day to digest the fact that Greg Oden… the guy who inspired us to launch a whole new section of this website…. is done for the season… don’t you feel good about our chances?  Scott Souza makes this point… if we got him and this happened… we’d feel cursed.  But everything actually worked out for us.  You can’t help but think our luck is turning around. 

Paul PierceThe C’s were hanging out at the Beckett Bowl last night… ANOTHER cool thing pro athletes get to do… bowl with other pro athletes. 

Tony Maz:  Boston is the hub of the sports universe.  He’s right…..

The C’s are loaded…. the Red Sox have a real shot at winning it all… the Patriots are about to turn this whole spying thing into motivation to blow people out… Boston Rules.

(as a slight aside:  This whole Pats camera thing is going to work in our favor.  The Pats came into this season loaded… and they couldn’t pull their usual “us against the world” crap.  Now, however, with everyone going overboard and saying this camera thing somehow taints everything they’ve done…. they’ve got back.  Now, the whole team can say “they don’t think we can do it.”  The “us against the world” sentiment is back… which is bad news for the NFL)

Breaking News: Oden Could Miss Season
September 13, 2007

Greg Oden certainly isn’t smiling today. In fact, most Blazers fans must feel like they just stepped into a pile of dog crap. That’s because Oden had microfracture knee surgery and could will miss the season. Yup, that Greg Oden. The guy we wanted to tank the season for. 

 “Greg had an arthroscopy and a microfracture surgery today,” team physician Dr. Don Roberts, who preformed the surgery, said in a statement posted on the Trail Blazers’ Web site. “He was found to have articular cartilage damage in his right knee. The area of injury was not large and we were able to treat it with microfracture, which stimulates the growth of cartilage.”

All the stimulation of cartilage means this:

Oden is expected to be on crutches for up to eight weeks. Full recovery likely will take six to 12 months, the team said.

Just think about this for a second. The dude was expected to come in and be a dominant player. Not only is he done for the year, but he won’t be the same next season. This is a big deal, just ask Amare Stoudemire. It took him two years to recover. 

The Celtics luck might finally be changing after all. Can you imagine how despondent we’d all be, had we actually drafted Oden? (Think Mikey in “Swingers”, hunkered down in the apartment, shades drawn, buffalo wings scattered around the carpet.) All I can say is, “Sucks to be you Portland!”

(A special thanks to the always plugged-in Jessica Camerato for giving Redsarmy the scoop on this story – Check out her take on the injury.)

Operation Oden
September 11, 2007

greg odenI know I floated the whole “maybe getting the 5th pick was lucky” thing when that pick got flipped into Ray Allen… which ultimately got us Garnett…

But…

Greg Oden is having arthroscopic surgery this week because of pain in his knee.  Can you  imagine what Boston would be like if we had the #1 pick… and Oden has missed the preseason because of tonsilitis and knee surgery.  Don’t you think we’d be reading Bill Simmons’ obituary by now?  Making it worse… this thing could be as bad as a torn ligament

By the way… did you know Greg is actually dating the girl in this picture? 

Anyway.  While people would be going insane over Greg’s knee problem, we’re somehow optimistic about Tony Allen’s completely reconstructed knee.  In fact, he’s been cleared to play

“(Allen’s) been cleared to play and do everything on the court,” said Ainge, in a phone interview. “We’ve been totally conservative. It takes time to get the confidence back. You worry about significant injuries, but I’m optimistic for Tony.”

And Don David Stern has honored us with his blessing of the Kevin Garnett trade.  I guess screwing us in the lottery was punishment enough… now he’s happy for us.  But God help us if we screw up again.  We might end up with a horse’s head in our bed… or maybe Jerry Sichting’s.

Greg Oden Explains This Picture
July 13, 2007

Greg Oden freaking some chickIn what can only be described as 9 minutes of perhaps the greatest athlete interview ever… the FanHouse’s Miss Gossip gets Greg Oden to explain what was going on in this picture

Let me explain something here:  This picture was taken when Greg was like 16 years old.  If a girl who looked like that freaked me like that when I was 16… well… let’s just say I wouldn’t have looked that cool in the picture.  It probably would have looked more like me needing a change of pants.  Kudos Greg for showing NBA level poise with a groupie at 16.  You’ll do just fine on the road. 

They also talk about his Yarkbarker Blog… and blah blah blah….

Look… it’s Friday… you’re not doing any real work anyway… kill 9 minutes of your time and wach the damn interview. 

Now If Only Someone Can Explain The “Boston is Racist” Notion.

Doc Rivers can’t. He’s been here for a little while.  Last I checked… he’s black.  And I might be wrong here… but  I think we’ve got a couple of black players on the team.  Yet for some dumb reason… players use the “Boston is racist” excuse to say they don’t want to come here.  Doc tells Steve Bulpett he has no clue why that’s the case:

“What’s more important is that most of the guys who have come here want to stay. To me, that’s important. Those are the guys who actually know what the situation is. I mean, did Antoine Walker want to leave? No. Paul Pierce wants to be a Celtic for life. Gary Payton we traded away and he begged to get back. Allen Iverson wanted to come to Boston. So that doesn’t sound like a place with a race problem to me.

Doc is actually pretty good in this piece.  I’m not going to be… yes, this is a rant alert… which will commence after the jump.  This half of the post has been so much fun… I don’t want to sully it with a race-based tirade. The links after the jump too… (more…)

Eat It Greg
July 7, 2007

greg oden on the benchHey look… it’s Greg Oden on the bench… which is where he spent most of his pro debut.  Hell… if this was college… he would have fouled out twice.  Summer league rules allow you 10 fouls before you sit… and Greg got all 10

Meanwhile… my man Leon Powe led the Celtics with 19 points and 9 rebounds in the Celtics 74-66 win over the Trailblazers.  What does this all mean?  Absolutely nothing.  But we saw the Rajon Rondo is still faster than everyone on the floor… Leon is still someone that I wouldn’t want to mess with… and Allan Ray is probably going to lose his job to Gabe Pruitt if things continue this way. 

Portland probably shouldn’t worry much, either.  Oden showed a couple of flashes… and LaMarcus Aldridge helped out with 26 points and 11 boards.  I’m going to say they win the title within 3 years… so I’m sure Blazers fans could give a damn about Oden not doing much in his pro debut.   Celtics fans, however, will take what they can get. 

We’ll be talking more about this game in our 10:30 am call in show… which can be found here.  Be sure to check it out. 

Breaking News: The Sun Will Rise
June 28, 2007

greg oden and some chickPortland shocked the world stated the obvious when they told ESPN’s Rich Bucher:

Greg Oden‘s camp has been notified by the Portland Trail Blazers that they will take him with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft.

It goes on with the usual tripe about how hard the decision was… but I came to the same decision… and I spend my days parked in front of a computer screen while my arteries audibly harden.  Can’t have been that hard. 

Want some fun reading?  Chad Ford and Bill Simmons take turns making lottery picks and trashing each other in this unique take on a mock draft

Access Denied
June 18, 2007

The Celtics were scheduled to workout Julian Wright and Keith Simmons (Holy Cross) in Waltham Monday. How’d they look? We’d love to tell you but the Celtics wouldn’t let television cameras into facility. They also wouldn’t let the prospects speak with reporters. What’s that old saying, “beggars can’t be choosers?” Last time I checked, Danny’s boys fuck espnfinished with the second worst record in the league, and remain a solid number 3 in New England behind the Red Sox and Patriots. Shouldn’t they be grateful for any local media coverage? Noticed I said local, because ESPN apparently was allowed access. Quite frankly, this revelation has pissed us off. 

We did learn one thing (courtesy of the hard-working Matty G), the Celtics will not work out Mike Conley, Jr. and do not plan on taking a point guard with the 5th pick. Here’s some other draft-related news.

Oden’s Medical Records Under Scrutiny 

Jeff Green Makes Up His Mind

Behold… The Mighty Remora Fish!!
June 15, 2007

Robert Horry is perhaps the most skilled player in all of NBA history…. at latching onto the coattails of superstars and winning championships.  He’s the remora fish of the NBA… he hooks onto the biggest, baddest NBA stars… and then he gets rings for it.

Hakeem Olojuwon gave him 2… Shaq and Kobe gave him 3… and now Tim Duncan gave him 2 more.  Spare me the “Big Shot Rob” crap.  NBA players with a modicum of skill are supposed to hit open jumpers, regardless of the time left on the clock.  Hey, congratulations Robert… for having the ability to stand on the wing while guys with 20 times your ability draw defenders away from you.  You’re the best… standing and waiting for the ball guy ever.  Sometimes, when I stand and wait for the bus, I pretend I’m Robert Horry.  And then when the bus gets everyone where we’re going… I take credit for it.

Headlines like this, or this, or this, just drive me up the damn wall.

There’s a lot of standing and waiting going on in Celtics land too (that’s a professional transition right there.  I hope you’re taking notes).  The C’s have identified about 8 players that they’d target with the 5th pick… if they made it… and now they’re starting to scout guys they’d take if they traded down in the draft. 

I know everyone here has been waiting for the resolution to this story… and finally… we know that the charges against Fabolous in connection with that Sebastian Telfair gold chain thing… have been dropped.  Will there ever be justice? 

I’d like to say that we here at RedsArmy… who ran Operation Oden for pretty much the entirety of Greg Oden’s college career… are an inspiration to Tim Duncan 2.0.  Now he’s following in our footsteps and blogging over at YardBarker.com.  I wonder if he knows about Operation Oden?  I gotta admit… that would be cool.

Other Stuff: 

Potential trade partner Indiana still has Jermaine O’Neal… and their deal with the Lakers might be falling apart.  |  The Blazers are intent on trading Zach Randolph  |  Why won’t Kevin Durant work out for the Sonics?  |  Gilbert Arenas says he’ll opt out of his deal to get a raise and more years on his deal… and its not an effort to test free agency  |  Grant Hill likes the look of the Raptors  |  Minnesota might not be done dealing

Another Kick In The Sack
June 15, 2007

Spurs Champions

So here we are again. 

The Spurs are champions.  Woo friggin’ hoo.

Tim Duncan has 4 rings.  He’s 4 for 4 in the Finals. 

He could have been a Celtic.  We did tank a season for him after all.  But it didn’t work out for us.  Now he’s got a 4th ring and we’re on our 4th rebuilding plan (or is it the 5th?  6th?). 

I know what you’re saying…

“Hey John… this sounds like you’re giving the finger to the people who were all about tanking this season so we could get Greg Oden.”

Yeah… it does, doesn’t it?