May 9, 2012 |
Greg Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick whose career was derailed by injuries, says he basically became an alcoholic by his second season in the NBA, during an interview with Mark Titus , Oden's former teammate at Ohio State. Oden, who was drafted by Portland with the first overall pick of the 2007 draft, puts some of the blame for his alcoholism on one of his cousins, who came to live with him during his second season with the Trail Blazers. His cousin was in the Air Force.
February 25, 2012 |
Still seeking a fit for Kings Sorry, Seattle. Apologies, Anaheim. The NBA appears to be on the verge of sending its regrets to the cities that hoped to entice the Sacramento Kings to relocate after this season. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and NBA Commissioner David Stern were scheduled to meet during the All-Star break in Orlando, Fla., to devise a plan to finance a new arena before the league's deadline Thursday. If the sides agree on a proposal, the Sacramento City Council would decide at its March 6 meeting whether to accept the deal.
February 20, 2012 |
Manny Ramirez found a taker in Oakland — at a bargain price. The suspended slugger agreed to a minor league contract Monday with the Athletics that is worth about $500,000 if he's added to the big league roster. The A's announced the deal and said Ramirez is expected to report to spring training by the end of the week, in time for Oakland's first full-squad workout Saturday. He is a non-roster invitee. The 12-time All-Star is due to serve a 50-game suspension for his second positive drug test before he can play for the A's. Barring rainouts, his first game could be May 30 -- on his 40th birthday.
June 29, 2011 |
The Portland Trail Blazers offered Greg Oden , the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, an $8.8-million qualifying offer to remain with the team. The offer means the often-injured 7-foot center becomes a restricted free agent. The Blazers can match any other offer made for him. Oden, 23, did not play last season after microfracture surgery on his left knee. He sat out his rookie season in 2007-08 after microfracture surgery on his right knee. Two seasons ago he broke his left kneecap.
December 13, 2009 |
There was once a team from Portland called the Trail Blazers that was so beloved, their fans gave their adoration a name -- "Blazermania" -- and called themselves "Blazer Nation." This was so cutting edge in the 1970s, it led the way for other villages to proclaim "Fernandomania," and "Red Sox Nation." So, it wasn't just sad, but crushing, when the Blazermaniacs saw their team take an oft-injured 7-footer named Sam Bowie in the storied 1984 draft who went right on getting hurt, instead of a guard named Michael Jordan, who became the game's greatest player.
December 6, 2009
Brandon Roy had 28 points and scored the winning basket to help Portland beat Houston, 90-89, Saturday night after the Trail Blazers lost center Greg Oden to a probable season-ending knee injury. Roy scored on a driving layup with 3.2 seconds left, and Houston's Aaron Brooks missed at the other end to give Portland a victory after the devastating loss of Oden to a freak injury in the first quarter. The 7-footer fractured his left kneecap while jumping to defend Brooks. The former No. 1 draft pick was carried off the court on a stretcher.