Are the Blazers big men cursed?
There a lot of teams in the NBA that are injury prone or have players that sustain a lot of injuries throughout an NBA season, but regardless of how bad injuries can be, NBA teams always have to get through the regular season with what they’re given.
There quite a few teams in the NBA today that have to deal with constant injuries to some of their best players, but the one team that seems to be plagued with injuries year in and year out is the Portland Trail Blazers who have been without their promising young center Greg Oden the last three seasons as he has dealt with a knee and ankle injuries throughout his short career in the NBA.
A couple of seasons ago, the Blazers took a gamble on an injury prone center out of Ohio State instead of drafting scoring machine in Kevin Durant from Texas. As a result, the Blazers have had an off again on again problem with keeping Greg Oden healthy and on the floor. When Oden is on the floor he’s as good as anybody at the center position, but that he hasn’t been able to stand the test of time so far in only three short years with the Portland Trail Blazers.
When the Blazers started this NBA regular season, Greg Oden was healthy and looking to prove that he is still can be a dominant center in this league, but like the two previous seasons, including his rookie season, Oden went down early and has yet to get back on the floor for his team. There is still a slight possibility that he might get back healthy, but it’s doubtful his history of injuries.
This didn’t worry Blazers too much this season, besides the fact they wasted a number one overall pick couple of years ago because they had backup center Joel Przybilla to play in place of the injured Greg Oden, but unfortunately, Przybilla went down as well with a season ending injury.
This left the Portland trailblazers and one hell of a dilemma as they really needed someone to fill the void left in the paint after both Oden and Przybilla went down for the year.
Fortunately, the Blazers were able to make a trade before the deadline on February 18 by sending point guard Steve Blake and forward Travis Outlaw to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for center Marcus Camby and his expiring contract.
We a few seasons ago, Camby was one of the best defensive players in the league with the Denver Nuggets. The seven footer out of the University of Massachusetts was a shot blocking and rebounding beast in the paint for the Nuggets which hasn’t exactly carried over to the Clippers, but at times he is still one of the best centers in the league, especially the defensive end of the floor.
Not only was can be a great addition to an already hurting defense, he also brings veteran leadership and an expiring contract that will be great for the Blazers come this summer when they try and sign a free agent in what is thought to be one of the most talented free agent markets in NBA history.
Even though getting Marcus Camby was a good move for the Blazers, for some reason Portland is just cursed when it comes to big men as he has also gone down with an ankle sprain that could give out considerable amount of time.
It is uncertain how serious Marcus Camby’s ankle injury is, but one thing is for certain, the Blazers just have no luck this season when it comes to staying healthy as All-Star shooting guard Brandon Roy has also struggled trying to stay healthy this season.
Despite all their injury problems of the past couple of seasons, the Blazers have been as resilient as any other team in the NBA and will still probably make a run for the playoffs in the second half of the regular season, but they will need Marcus Camby in the paint in order for them to make it out of the first round of playoffs was it were able to do last season against the Houston Rockets.