Commentary

Silver linings for Oden, Blazers, NBA

Originally Published: September 13, 2007
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com
The news that Greg Oden will likely miss the season with microfracture surgery in his right knee is a disaster for Oden, the Portland Trail Blazers and the NBA.

But there's also a silver lining here for almost everyone.

Oden is a great kid with a big heart. When I was able to visit him in Indiana and speak to him on other occasions before the June 28 draft, his humilty and self-deprecating humor were captivating.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider

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