1) The Blazers have invested so much time, effort, and money into Greg Oden for the past four years that it would be illogical to watch him sign and succeed with another team. Remember Jermaine O’Neal? We groomed him then sent him off to Indiana to become an All-Star. Still hurts.
2) After his first microfracture surgery, Oden proclaimed his knee stronger than before the surgery. If that can happen again, watch out! Maybe microfracture surgeries will become the Tommy John’s of basketball.
3) Who else can be the 6th man on the floor to get a critical basket against a contender?
4) With the oldest face in basketball, he’ll likely get great position in the paint because opposing defenders will feel bad picking on an old man.
5) With Camby mentoring him, Oden at 50% could be a nightmare for opponents trying to get into the paint.
6) If Oden can defend, block shots, rebound, and put back shots, he will be a force. We don’t need him to develop post moves or an offensive game. 10 rebounds and 3 blocks a game will help our team get out of the first round. With a developed offense game, we will be dangerous.
7) Oden is still only 23 years old. If he can get healthy, he may have a 10 plus year career ahead of him. The Blazers don’t want to see that happen in another uniform.
8) Oden has motivation to show Portland they made the right choice in drafting him. He feels like he has let the city down. Therefore, when he comes back healthy, that extra incentive will help him excel at a high level. In other words, he won’t let himself fail.
.8) 80% of a healthy Greg Oden at center for the Portland Trail Blazers is better than 80% of the league’s centers at 100%.