Every flash of progress by Greg Oden sends me and other fans into speculating
that the Trail Blazers center is finally poised to become a big contributor. The latest example comes just two games into the exhibition season
after Oden put up back-to-back good nights
against lowly Sacramento.
Oden —who I root for in part because he seems like a decent human being
— has nowhere to go but up after his middling rookie season. And I think he will — how hard can it be to develop a coupla post moves and learn to defend the pick-and-roll without hacking? But take it from an injury-prone center like Bill Walton: the real question about Oden will be whether Oden can stay healthy
. I hope he can.