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  1. SkaterNater
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    Posted 07/23/2009 4:40 PM

    Out of the four Blazers that were invited to the Team USA camp, Oden is the only one who will attend. I am very excited to see the first glimpse of how he has improved since last year. But what do you think his chances of making the team are?
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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 07/23/2009 6:12 PM

    I think his chances are VERY good. Out of all the players invited, you have Oden and Lopez at center. This team is not going to be the Olympic team, but it will be a team still built to win at the World Championships. Most of the Olympic team won't get together until the year between the World Championships and the Olympics.

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  1. SkaterNater
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    Posted 07/23/2009 7:39 PM

    I just watched the video Casey Holdahl posted of the team USA practice and Greg looked like he was much quicker.  He seemed to be alot more decisive as well.  I think he is going to have a great defensive season this year.

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  1. RipCityRevival
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    Posted 07/23/2009 9:22 PM

    Yeah, I think him and Lopez are really what USAB needs. They are young enough that they are still quick, either one has a better jumpshot than Howard, not to say that they should replace Howard, just move him to the PF position in place of Boozer. I like how he seems to feel comfortable in his body. I think he was just too big for himself, he was insecure because of his injury and his size just added to that insecurity. I look forward to an awesome season. Can't wait for day two to get posted.
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  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 07/24/2009 6:16 AM

    We all got to watch the ups and downs of Greg's rookie season. When you look back, at the end of it all, he averaged 9 and 7.  Those would be career high numbers for half of the league's starting centers. I believe Oden's gonna be a 15 and 10 guy next year. Not including the 4 blocks a game he'll get. (The official scorers will probably not count a couple of those blocks, because they didn't see the rejections occur, while they were busy twitterin' their fellow Laker fans)
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  1. bjblazer
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    Posted 08/02/2009 7:33 AM

    Hope Greg Oden would work on his quickness offensively. I'd like to see him react quickly to passes inside the paint and do dunks, layups and hook shots. He would be very effective offensively if would work on that quickness. I would like to see more of Greg getting offensive rebounds and finish with a quick and explosive dunks or layups. For now, I see Greg gather before making his shot making him an easy target for blocks. The quicker he will be offensively the more he will be effective offensively.
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  1. bjblazer
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    Posted 08/02/2009 7:43 AM

    Greg's intensity on defense is great. He just needs to be a little smarter when going for shot blocks... he should not get carried away for him to stay away from foul trouble. He should not rush getting those shot blocks... the will always come. A quick and strong inside scorer and a smart defender inside the paint would be an allstar Oden in the future... hope he can work on it... yeah! OOOOODEN.....!
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