Trail Blazers Win Oden Sweepstakes

By Chris Lauderback on May 22, 2007 at 11:02 pm

Greg Oden is headed to Portland. Luckily, he won't have to play alongside former "Blazers" such as J.R. Rider and Reuben Patterson. The Trail Blazers won tonight's NBA Lottery despite having just a 5.3% chance while odds favorites Memphis (25%) and Boston (20%) fell all the way to the 4th and 5th, respectively. A quick peak at the Portland roster reveals an extremely young team with a few solid pieces in Zach Randolph and and ROY Brandon Roy. Both can score which should take some pressure off Oden at the offensive end as he continues to develop his shot and footwork.

In other Oden news, the big fella withdrew from school before the end of spring quarter but Bob Baptist and others report this should not lead to a lost scholarship since Oden was eligible dating back to the end of his last completed quarter. Additionally, Conley and Cook are still attending classes and are on track to be eligible at the end of the quarter which will give the current 902 APR score a boost.