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Did Portland ignore advice to take Durant?

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07:54 AM ET 09.13 | If it were up to Kevin Ma, the Blazers absolutely would have taken Kevin Durant over Greg Oden. A usual night for Oden in college was 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks. Plug those numbers in to any formula and it'll spit out something saying that Kevin Durant is the better basketball player. Which is exactly what the Blazers' long time statistical consultant Jeff Ma did. And what did his numbers say? Take Durant. ... "There are very few statistical measures that would have rated Oden's system in college better than Durant's. Oden was injured his entire career, that one season at Ohio State. He had to shoot free throws left handed, was not efficient, didn't have a great statistical season. Our numbers absolutely said they should pick Durant. It wasn't even close."

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September 13, 2010  08:20 AM ET

I said it for the get go that Portland needed to draft Durant. Oden will make a decent center in the league but Durant is a franchise player. Twice Portland missed out on drafting a super star from selecting Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan. Who ever drafted Bowie over Jordan must be having a hard time finding a GM job in the NBA, he is known as that guy.

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September 13, 2010  08:26 AM ET
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I said it for the get go that Portland needed to draft Durant. Oden will make a decent center in the league but Durant is a franchise player. Twice Portland missed out on drafting a super star from selecting Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan. Who ever drafted Bowie over Jordan must be having a hard time finding a GM job in the NBA, he is known as that guy.

Sometimes teams buy into the media hype. Milicic, Lebron and Oden are prime examples. Then you have the many "next Jordans" that' we no longer hear of. Oden was supposed to be the next Bill Russell so hey they went with conventional wisdom - bigs are more efficient than wings...

September 13, 2010  08:36 AM ET
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Sometimes teams buy into the media hype. Milicic, Lebron and Oden are prime examples. Then you have the many "next Jordans" that' we no longer hear of. Oden was supposed to be the next Bill Russell so hey they went with conventional wisdom - bigs are more efficient than wings...

Bitter much? I wasn't happy about LBJ and Bosh going to Miami either but to throw Lebron in with complete busts is slap to your basketball credibility.

September 13, 2010  08:56 AM ET
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Sometimes teams buy into the media hype. Milicic, Lebron and Oden are prime examples. Then you have the many "next Jordans" that' we no longer hear of. Oden was supposed to be the next Bill Russell so hey they went with conventional wisdom - bigs are more efficient than wings...

Don't forget to add Amare to that list of prime examples, he hasn't lived up as well.

September 13, 2010  08:57 AM ET
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Sometimes teams buy into the media hype. Milicic, Lebron and Oden are prime examples. Then you have the many "next Jordans" that' we no longer hear of. Oden was supposed to be the next Bill Russell so hey they went with conventional wisdom - bigs are more efficient than wings...

Come on Lost! I agree with McGateway. I can't stand to look at LeBron, but he is no Millicic or Oden. You can't just act like the guy is a scrub.

September 13, 2010  09:04 AM ET

Ok... If they drafted Durant they would have had to move Roy. Either way, the still haven't got a competent, winning coach in there, and again they need a PG.

Im beginning to think that this organization is no better than the clippers... only they have too much talent for anyone to notice.

September 13, 2010  09:07 AM ET
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ohhh please no one gives a **** about your alleged coin-flip nostradamus moment....PFFF....

Coin-flip?? You should know better then that with the Spurs picking players that nobody would pick...PFFF... Btw how about them Titans!!

September 13, 2010  09:12 AM ET
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Sometimes teams buy into the media hype. Milicic, Lebron and Oden are prime examples. Then you have the many "next Jordans" that' we no longer hear of. Oden was supposed to be the next Bill Russell so hey they went with conventional wisdom - bigs are more efficient than wings...

Hate, Hate, Hate, Hate...lol... (monday morning edition)

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September 13, 2010  09:46 AM ET

It feels like deja vue, bro.

September 13, 2010  09:57 AM ET

The next time the Blazers get a lotto pick David Stern should step in and choose for them. This is the second time the have taken a center number 1 and the second time he's been a bust.

September 13, 2010  09:59 AM ET

Man, to do that twice just sucks

September 13, 2010  10:01 AM ET

Greg has been domination play from the Benches the past couple of seasons.

September 13, 2010  10:07 AM ET
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Just messing with you...LOL!!! But really no one cares...and CJ and VY looked good but it was the Raiders so not a bog deal..Sorry Defendor...

I agree its the Raiders but it shows good sign we beat a team we are suppose to beat to start the season. It could of been worse like the Cow Girls losing to the Redskins lol

September 13, 2010  10:16 AM ET
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Uh duh!!! You're into straight men and small animals!

???? I'm not even going to ask.......

Why is there another article on Kevin Ma and the Blazers? The quality of the FN threads have gone down considerably. Why am I even commenting? <dazed and confused look>

September 13, 2010  10:33 AM ET

I think they also missed on some guy named Jordan

September 13, 2010  10:35 AM ET

not buying the "they already had Brandon Roy" B$ story....if that was true, Miami wouldn't have put Bron/Wade/Bosh together.....Celts wouldn't put KG/PP/Ray Allen together...simply, put the best team together possible and ball....
Portland didn't do that and everyone involved with that decision is now gone....

 
September 13, 2010  10:41 AM ET
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Sometimes teams buy into the media hype. Milicic, Lebron and Oden are prime examples. Then you have the many "next Jordans" that' we no longer hear of. Oden was supposed to be the next Bill Russell so hey they went with conventional wisdom - bigs are more efficient than wings...

Yeah, that Lebron James sucks. I mean he's only won 2 MVPs before the age of 26. What a crappy player.

Total media hype. I mean anyone can put up 7 assists, 7 rebounds, and 27.8 points a game. Yawn.

Seriously, dude? haha

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