How can Greg Oden ensure his presence is felt next season?
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 06/30/2010 12:52 PM

    Up next is Greg Oden. Oden is coming off yet another setback but still was able to provide the fans of Portland hope with his performance early on in the season. So the question remains, once he is healthy (let's assume that he will stay healthy for sake of discussion), what does he need to work on to maintain a high level of play?

    Here is a snippet from my BLOG:

     

    Throughout the first month of the season, Greg Oden was playing like an All-Star, leading the team in rebounding (8.2 per game), shot blocking (2.3) and played with a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 23.1, good enough for 8th in the entire league. Finally, the stars seemed like they were aligning in Greg’s favor to help him live up to the hype of being the #1 pick. But it wasn’t meant to be in 2010. While going up for a loose ball against Houston on December 5th, Greg’s kneecap broke in half. The injury would be Greg’s fifth since exiting high school and has put a stranglehold on his professional career with the Trail Blazers, only allowing him to participate in 82 games over the span of three years. With the heart of champion and mentality of a fighter, there is no doubt Oden will once again bring the Rose Garden faithful to life with rim rattling jams and game-changing swats into the third row, but what can he work on this summer to ensure his presence is felt?

    1. Defensive Timing

    2. Although Oden was extremely effective during his time on the court, his time was limited due countless, avoidable fouls. Throughout his two years playing with Portland, Greg has averaged 3.9 fouls per game in only 22.1 minutes of action, resulting in being whistled for a foul every 5.7 minutes. Not only do quick fouls take him out of the game, but it disallows any sort of rhythm to set in. What’s the cause of such foul trouble? Smaller guards would get by their perimeter defender and would take the ball right into his body. No one expects Oden to be able to keep up with the Tony Parker’s and Aaron Brooks’ of the world, but instead of challenging them at the point of attack, which draws the first contact, Greg could let them drive by and alter the shot from behind with his length. All of this sounds easy enough, but unfortunately, another setback of being sporadically out of action is a loss of timing.
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  1. Kim~
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    Posted 06/30/2010 1:11 PM

    Knee braces/pads !
    His body is too big and powerfull for the continuous jarring on his knees. The Blazers have to do something to address that fact.  If not, it;s only a matter of time until he is injured again. Sad but true :(
    His game has never been questioned, it's his ability to stay on the floor. 
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  1. kenny c.
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    Posted 06/30/2010 3:12 PM

    He could become friends with pau gasol and learns some good foot work. I think he could lose some weight to take weight off his joints. Oden is a mystery, obviously if he stays healthy and works on the two things you highlighted he will be a worry for any team, but His strange start to his nba career is a mystery that's hard to figure out. I don't think we will know what he is and can bring to the court until those flashes of light (greatness) become a bright consistent light. It's a mystery why his kneecap exploded by it's self. With some guys these things just seem to constantly be their M.O. I hope not but I think everyone hopes not. It's a mystery! Apart from the mystery part he can work on taking his time. He can know he is the biggest and strongest player on the court and just slow down and not rush his scoring or defense. Mentally he can not try to prove anything except being calm and letting his talent take over. I wish Him the best.
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  1. ClydeFrog
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    Posted 06/30/2010 5:14 PM

    I agree. I'd like to see him play at his college weight of around 255/260. He seems much more fluid of an athlete than when he was heavier. I'd also like for him to work on his ball security. Too many times did he go up for a dunk only to see someone swipe it away from him. A man of his size, esp his hands, should not have ball control issues. This is where a great big man coach comes in. Why we haven't asked David Robinson or Hakeem Olujuwon to coach him is beyond me. LA got Kareem to coach Bynum and Orlando got Ewing to help out Dwight.
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/01/2010 12:28 PM

    Posted By kenny c. on 06/30/2010 3:12 PM
    He could become friends with pau gasol and learns some good foot work. I think he could lose some weight to take weight off his joints. Oden is a mystery, obviously if he stays healthy and works on the two things you highlighted he will be a worry for any team, but His strange start to his nba career is a mystery that's hard to figure out. I don't think we will know what he is and can bring to the court until those flashes of light (greatness) become a bright consistent light. It's a mystery why his kneecap exploded by it's self. With some guys these things just seem to constantly be their M.O. I hope not but I think everyone hopes not. It's a mystery! Apart from the mystery part he can work on taking his time. He can know he is the biggest and strongest player on the court and just slow down and not rush his scoring or defense. Mentally he can not try to prove anything except being calm and letting his talent take over. I wish Him the best.

    Everyone has brought up good points, but I really like this post. Good work Kenny C.
    I think the kneecap exploding was a product of having too much muscle on his thighs in comparison to his calves/lower half of his legs. He moves much more fluid when he plays at a lighter weight and he just wasn't meant to carry around Shaq-like weight. His footwork would also improve with a lighter playing weight. I'm just hoping he's taking the Zydrunas Illgauskas rode to stardom, which was 3 years of constant injuries, then injury free for 10+ years.
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  1. xvillainx_1
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    Posted 07/03/2010 12:00 AM

    Posted By DHawes22 on 06/30/2010 12:52 PM
    Up next is Greg Oden. Oden is coming off yet another setback but still was able to provide the fans of Portland hope with his performance early on in the season. So the question remains, once he is healthy (let's assume that he will stay healthy for sake of discussion), what does he need to work on to maintain a high level of play?

    Here is a snippet from my BLOG:

     

    Throughout the first month of the season, Greg Oden was playing like an All-Star, leading the team in rebounding (8.2 per game), shot blocking (2.3) and played with a PER (Player Efficiency Rating) of 23.1, good enough for 8th in the entire league. Finally, the stars seemed like they were aligning in Greg’s favor to help him live up to the hype of being the #1 pick. But it wasn’t meant to be in 2010. While going up for a loose ball against Houston on December 5th, Greg’s kneecap broke in half. The injury would be Greg’s fifth since exiting high school and has put a stranglehold on his professional career with the Trail Blazers, only allowing him to participate in 82 games over the span of three years. With the heart of champion and mentality of a fighter, there is no doubt Oden will once again bring the Rose Garden faithful to life with rim rattling jams and game-changing swats into the third row, but what can he work on this summer to ensure his presence is felt?

    1. Defensive Timing

    2. Although Oden was extremely effective during his time on the court, his time was limited due countless, avoidable fouls. Throughout his two years playing with Portland, Greg has averaged 3.9 fouls per game in only 22.1 minutes of action, resulting in being whistled for a foul every 5.7 minutes. Not only do quick fouls take him out of the game, but it disallows any sort of rhythm to set in. What’s the cause of such foul trouble? Smaller guards would get by their perimeter defender and would take the ball right into his body. No one expects Oden to be able to keep up with the Tony Parker’s and Aaron Brooks’ of the world, but instead of challenging them at the point of attack, which draws the first contact, Greg could let them drive by and alter the shot from behind with his length. All of this sounds easy enough, but unfortunately, another setback of being sporadically out of action is a loss of timing.
    CONTINUE READING>>>

    Not a big fan of greg oden...but if i was in his shoes....I'd be skipping a lot of rope....trying to get my footwork down in the low-post....both his injuries were self-inflicted...
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/03/2010 12:11 AM

    Not sure I'd call falling down on Bynum's ankle or having Maggette bulldoze into his knee are Greg's fault or lef inflicted in any way.

    I'll say this though: Oden is our ticket to shut down any "super team" that forms this summer either it be Miami or Chicago. No one in the NBA can stop a fully healthy Oden...and if he progresses into his potential.....GAME OVER
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  1. xvillainx_1
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    Posted 07/03/2010 2:29 AM

    Posted By DHawes22 on 07/03/2010 12:11 AM
    Not sure I'd call falling down on Bynum's ankle or having Maggette bulldoze into his knee are Greg's fault or lef inflicted in any way.

    I'll say this though: Oden is our ticket to shut down any "super team" that forms this summer either it be Miami or Chicago. No one in the NBA can stop a fully healthy Oden...and if he progresses into his potential.....GAME OVER

    so you don't think his footwork is shotty?...i mean...him throwing up that half-assed jumphook is a result of a lack of creativity and skill...
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  1. DHawes22
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    Posted 07/03/2010 8:24 AM

    Posted By xvillainx_1 on 07/03/2010 2:29 AM
    Posted By DHawes22 on 07/03/2010 12:11 AM
    Not sure I'd call falling down on Bynum's ankle or having Maggette bulldoze into his knee are Greg's fault or lef inflicted in any way.

    I'll say this though: Oden is our ticket to shut down any "super team" that forms this summer either it be Miami or Chicago. No one in the NBA can stop a fully healthy Oden...and if he progresses into his potential.....GAME OVER

    so you don't think his footwork is shotty?...i mean...him throwing up that half-assed jumphook is a result of a lack of creativity and skill...
    No not at all. Is there room for improvement on offense? Yes, but we knew he was going to be raw on offense when we drafted him and sitting out for prolonged periods of time is only going to delay the process of him improving. If he had bad footwork, there's no way he would have been playing at such a high level through the first 21 games. Its not a fluke when he posts the 8th best PER in the entire NBA. If he had bad footwork, there's no way he'd be getting close to 3 blocks a game or leading fast breaks (@Minnesota to Aldridge). I think people need to cut Greg some slack. Its not like he deliberately decided to get injured. He wants to be on the floor more than all the fans combined.
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