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Oden trying, but not back for playoffs

Feb 26, 2010, 9:37 AM EST

In what could be the understatement of the year, Portland General Manager Kevin Pritchard said he wants to be “cautious” with the return of Greg Oden to the team.

Oden wants to be back for the playoffs — and Pritchard wants him to keep busting it in the weight room — so nobody is telling him no directly. But…

It’s a long shot at best. We’ve always been cautious with our guys. We’ll continue with that, especially with Greg. He’s pushing hard, as hard as I’ve ever seen him working. He sees a little carrot there, and I’m not going to tell him he can’t. But we’ll be very cautious.

So, basically you’re telling him he can’t? Right?

Clearly the Rose Garden is built over and Native American burial ground, one for a very tall tribe. How else do you explain every big man for the Blazers going down this year? Marcus Camby was able to stay relatively healthy with the Clippers then sprains his ankle with Portland. Something is going on here.

Who knows what, if anything, Portland will ever really get out of Greg Oden. But with so much invested they have to try, and they don’t need it to be this year (this team was built for down the line, not 2010). And for now that means being cautious, even though it takes Oden’s carrot away.

  1. thicketbomb - Mar 2, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    The silence on this issue from the front office tells me all I really need to know.
    Call me optimistic, maybe just stupid? But, he “IS” going to be back for the playoffs.
    We have all these pseudo-intelligent radio and newspaper guys here in town and I suspect they were told to keep it under their hat. Nothing else can explain the deafening silence. Even that ding dong JC who claims to be on a first name basis with Pritch is mum……

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