Flip Saunders insisted he hadn't thought about it - and looked like he wanted to catch the next plane out of the interview session. Hunter and Saunders are two of the nicest men in the NBA. If they won't discuss ex-journeyman John Amaechi's revelation that he is gay, then it is easy to wonder: Will the NBA ever be ready for an openly gay player?
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Life, basketball — none of it turned out how he had dreamed. Now Greg Oden is starting all over again.
On Tuesday, Oden was the difference for the Blazers as they jumpstarted a five-game trip with a rout of Memphis that ran the Blazers winning streak to three. After playing only four minutes in the first half after two quick fouls, Oden was powerful on offense and intimidating on defense, helping the Blazers break away from a halftime tie. Oden had 14 points, six rebounds and two blocks in the second half, and keyed the Blazers' decisive run in the third quarter.
The NBA draft is a curious affair as it can single handedly change the fortunes of an entire franchise. Just ask the Portland Trailblazers and countless other teams that have sunk their futures with these ripe blunders. If an organization gets the right pick, they can go on to enjoy years of success.
Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. He never thought this was going to be over. He would always be a basketball star.
For generations, coaches like Jack Keefer at Lawrence North have tried to encourage right-handed players like Robinson to practice shooting with their left hand. A good left hand, after all, can enable a player to get off a shot in traffic. But through the years, many of those well-meaning coaches have been ignored.
After only one season at Ohio State, Oden looked like the next great NBA center, a lock to make it as a dominant rebounder, shot-blocker and defender. Conley Jr. But look how it's worked out: Oden, the former No.
Durant easily sits atop the Draft class, an all-time great player in a solid, if unspectacular class. While the Draft produced one of the more sad and notorious busts in Greg Oden, it also was surprisingly deep and has produced solid players like Al Horford, Mike Conley, Joakim Noah, and Wilson Chandler. The draft is littered with some players who have had long, consistent careers, and some guys, of course, who didn't work out. Source : ESPN.
My previous AAU team was comprised of a bunch of kids who were like me: upper middle class white guys from the Indianapolis suburbs. But it only took five minutes for this uneasiness to subside. Because I realized that the tall, goofy-looking kid wearing Rec-Specs and shooting by himself on the side basket was just as shy as I was.
Don Nelson thought the Warriors needed Greg Oden. That was 10 years ago, after months leading up to the heavily hyped draft in which the Oden-Durant debate raged throughout basketball. The Warriors were already small-ball sensations, capable of piling up the points with their daring drives and sizzling shooting.