Pity the Blazers

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:38 PM ET

Pity the poor Portland Trail Blazers.

The same franchise that had to deal with Bill Walton and Sam Bowie’s creaky knees is suffering through a bad case of déjà vu.

Greg Oden, the No. 1 selection of the 2007 NBA draft, has given the team even less than Walton, who led them to the 1977 championship, or the steady but unspectacular Bowie.

Oden has been healthy enough to play only 82 games — the equivalent of one NBA season — while missing his entire rookie year, 21 games in his second season, 61 last season and this entire campaign.

Oden, like Bowie, was chosen over a spectacular swingman (Kevin Durant in 2007, Michael Jordan in 1984). Though Oden was considered the consensus pick, Durant has gone on to become arguably the best scorer in the entire league.

Knee problems are also taking a toll on all-star Blazers guard Brandon Roy and a number of other Portland players are sidelined due to injuries.

It rains a lot in the Pacific Northwest and for the Blazers, when it rains, it pours.


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