Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  12 responses

Oden Slowly Emerging from His Cocoon

According to the media in Portland, Greg Oden is turning into something of a leader: “As a matter of fact, there was nothing gentle about Oden on Sunday. With a voice that was as loud, forceful and stern as ever before, and with animated body language that has rarely, if ever, been seen from him in a Blazers uniform, Oden on Sunday barked, ordered and inspired his teammates. ‘There was once in Toronto last year … but it was not like this,’ Brandon Roy emphatically said. ‘Tonight, he was more vocal than ever. It was great. It was step one. But we can keep building on that.’ Nobody is ready to declare Oden a leader yet. Not after one game. But what transpired here Sunday could be the start of the season’s most important development.”

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  • NUPE

    It’s good to see somebody on the team step-up and take a leadership role. I hope Oden shows so much passion on the court as well and finds and offensive game.

  • LeoneL

    Easy on the fouls big fella and you’re on the right track.

  • http://www.gmail.com rushmelo

    oden has to play better if he doesnt wanna end up on the list of biggest draft bust’s
    thinking about it
    think Kevin durant,brandon roy,aldridge
    and the role players
    bottom line being
    oden needs to be much more agressive and vocal…which seems like what he’s starting to do
    and please!
    stay healthy
    he should have atleast 13 and 9 every game this season with his couple of blocks and agression and strength

  • Randy Brown

    How’s that guy in any position to be a leader? His only qualification is he looks 72 years old

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    Ain’t that enough, Randy?

  • riggs

    respect your elders

  • Rog123

    I’m glad that oden is maturing as a player. I wanna see him succeed in the nba. He seems like he is a real nice dude

  • DS44

    Show some love for Bill Russell’s great grandfather.

  • boogster


  • MikeC.

    Nicely done sir.

  • MikeC.

    It’s nice to see Oden becoming a leader on the defensive end. The best defensive teams have a guy on the back line calling out rotations, switches and covering for teammates. Look at what happened in Boston when KG got there. It wasn’t just KG’s excellent defense that lifted the C’s. KG’s defensive leadership created a culture of accountability. Maybe Oden will be able to help the Blazers grow into a great defensive team just by being vocal on the back line and cleaning up the mess on the defensive boards.

  • chintao

    He better emerge from that cocoon slowly. Any sudden movements might result in season-ending injury.