It's not often that the NBA Draft is reordered 2 months later.
Today, the Grizzlies moved from the number 4 pick to the number 3 pick when number 1 pick Greg Oden announced likely season-ending and potential career-ending microfracture surgery knee surgery.
It's too early to say whether Oden will recover well enough to reach the potential so many predict he will reach. He could still be the next Hakeem Olajuwon. But there's a greater chance today than there was yesterday that he will never be a star.
Checking Wikipedia, I found a list of some NBA stars who did or did not successfully recover from microfracture knee surgery.
|Jason Kidd||Penny Hardaway|
|John Stockton||Allan Houston|
|Zach Randolph||Terrell Brandon|
|Amare Stoudemire||Jamal Mashburn|
Most of those players had it much later in their careers than Oden, so we can hope for the best. Although I'm relieved that the Grizzlies aren't dealing with this, I'm sorry for the Trailblazers, the fans, and mostly Oden. I hope we'll get to see him reach his potential someday even if it won't be in a Grizzlies uniform and won't be as soon as we'd hoped.
Lastly, this is another reason teams shouldn't bank on winning the Draft lottery.
Only one more day to vote in the poll located on the sidebar for where you think the Grizzlies will finish in next season's standings.
The Grizzlies are throwing parties around Memphis to get fans excited about the Grizzlies. If anyone is able to attend, please post a comment about your experience. If you're able to get pictures of any Grizzlies or the event, email them to me, and I'll post them as well. Unfortunately, there is no party in my neighborhood.