A few months back, a portion of San Antonio Spurs fan base was disappointed that center Greg Oden choose not to sign with the silver and black despite his chronic knee issues which have, for the most part, derailed his NBA career.
Well it appears that San Antonio may have dodged a bullet.
Courtesy of Brian Windhorst of the Miami Heat Index comes news that Oden experienced a “slight setback” due to swelling in his left knee during Heat practice.
"This has been three years for me, as long as it's no surgery, it's OK," said Oden, who last played in an NBA game in 2009. "This is going to be a long season, I'm going to get there."
The Heat’s glaring need for a legitimate big man made the team add Oden and shore up their front court is what spurred on this signing but maybe it was done in haste.
While the Heat may give Oden a better chance to win a ring on the surface,but should he have more setbacks, then he might see himself riding the bench as he has for most of his NBA career.
With the Spurs' current depth at the center position, Oden could have returned to the floor when he was completely ready considering Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter and Jeff Ayres could hold down the fort.
The presence of Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, Duncan and Danny Green would give the Spurs enough fire power to allow Oden the ability to focus on dominating the defensive end. Whereas a departure of one of the big three in Miami would lead to Oden being asked to carry a large share of the offensive load which his knees may never allow him to do.
Granted the injury is said to be not serious but it does make you wonder if the Spurs got out of a situation of dealing with Oden's health issues.
So Spurs’ fans, do you think the Spurs dodged a bullet?
Nah.. knees injuries usually come back to bite the player specially if your a big player. I commend the Spurs on scouting the player better.
I can't say that I am surprised to hear that he is suffering from some sort of injury. I for one feel that San Antonio did dodge a bullet. This pretty much sums up what I am thinking, Oden will not be able to finish a season in his career.
@Mike ProjectSpurs Yeah. You have to feel bad for the kid because he evidently went through severe depression and battled alcoholism when he thought his career was over, and this is a really bad sign for him personally. I never wish physical harm on any athlete. B-Ball is probably all he knows.
And yes, Spurs did dodge a bullet.
And their willingness to go after such a risk because they need/still want a big man who can do what Oden did in college (rebound, block shots), still leads me to believe they will going to go after some vet guy who does just that.
@Mike ProjectSpurs I think you are very likely right. It just doesnt really stand to reason that a player so hampered by serious injuries as a young man would suddenly become immune to injuries as an older man.