I caught this article on Greg Oden this morning, and I thought it was quite interesting, especially when thinking about Roy.
That poor guy couldn't do anything but underwhelm, given the incredible amount of hype and pressure he must be under... then I got to thinking about Roy, and how he's been under a lot less scrutiny, and if anything people were "underwhelmed" by his potential, and if anything, there is a lot less expected of him.It was late last week, and I told the Trail Blazers' rookie center that I had to be honest: Through four exhibition games, I had been underwhelmed by his performance
Upon hearing this, Oden's eyes pierced. His lips tightened. And for a second, I thought my head was about to be squashed like a grape by the 7-foot, 273-pound center.
His direct stare at me was, uh, let's say ... moving.
Then I got to looking at their preseason statistics:
G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF TOT APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG Oden 4 4 20.8 .533 .000 .600 3.0 3.3 6.3 1.0 0.25 0.75 2.0 3.3 11.0 Hibbert 6 0 19.8 .561 .000 .520 1.80 4.30 6.20 1.0 0.33 2.17 2.67 3.50 9.8
I think it's fair to say that, at least up to this point, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and Roy's performance has matched up pretty well. It'll be interesting to see how these early indications manifest themselves this year, but I'd be willing to bet that they play fairly equivalent ball.