Are you excited? Annoyed? Un-interested? Anxious? Delirious? Stupified? Grounded? Exhausted? Odenized?
You’ve waited an entire year for him to finally take flight at 1 Center Court and become the immediate championship provider. The bag of mixed emotions Blazer fans have endured over the past 12 months can mean only one thing, the beer industry in Portland is at an all time high! What a wild year it has been, my friends. (Eww that sounded like a McCain ad.)
So are you now expecting instant greatness? I hope not. GO may be able to provide an “instant” presence on the court, but if you expect a championship version of Shaq wearing number 52, then you will be greatly disappointed. Don’t forget that this kid had to take an entire year off from playing organized basketball, plus had to listen to constant media scrutiny over the possibility of the Blazers drafting the biggest flop in NBA history, again.
What you should expect is the GO-effect on his teammates and the city of Portland. Once Oden gets his groove back, the smile will return, the dunking will resume, the GO-hawk will fly, and the Blazers will be the talk of the country. (Not that they aren’t already)
Last season stats: Led the league in bench camera shots.