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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Who would you take, BucksNation?

I realize this is putting the cart way, way ahead of the horse, but going into last night's college championship game, I would have said that, given the opportunity, the Bucks would select Texas F Kevin Durant over Ohio State C Greg Oden. But after last night's monster showing by Oden, how could anyone pass the guy up?

Last night Oden basically bi**hslapped one of the best frontlines in college basketball history. He treated Noah, especially, like a child. To my mind, Oden looked exactly like a bigger version of a young Bill Russell. The athleticism. The shot blocking. The old guy face. The ambidexterity. That funny jump hook that always seemed to land true. It was #6 all over again.

After last night, I seriously do not know who you would take. But I know this. Anyone would have a hard time passing on Oden, even with Durant's demonstrated brilliance.

Who knows what will happen between now and pingpong ball time. The Lounge Lizard may never face the hard choice. But as Bucks fans, let's hope to hell he does. He almost can't go wrong.


At April 3, 2007 at 11:27 AM, Anonymous J Rock said...

Oden. I would rather have another Kareem, than another Big Dog. I also like Ersan too much for him to get displaced by another small forward. Ersan and Durant are pretty similar, Ersan has more body strength where as Durant has better handle. They are both like Nowitzki at SF. Factor in Simmons unmovable contract and the choice is more obvious. The one thing Durant brings is star power, but winning big with Oden would make all the of Bucks stars.

My dream scenario for the summer, is that the Bucks get #1 and the Bobcats get #2. Jordan is hot for Durant, so he is willing to sign and trade Wallace, Okafor, and the rights to Oden - for Simmons, Gadzuric, and the rights to Durant. Bucks sign and trade Mo Williams to LA for sign and trade of Chris Mihm and their 1st 2007 second round pick. Bucks resign Bell and Ilyasova. Bucks sign Billups with the Cap Room gained from releasing Patterson, Skinner, Gadzuric (trade differential), and Boykins (he is told not to come back). That would leave the bucks with an 8 man rotation of -


Chris Mihm
Herbert Hill (lakers pick)
Stephane Lasme (bucks 2nd round)

Anyway, love your sight - later!

At April 3, 2007 at 11:54 AM, Blogger Blogmaster said...

Whoa. Very well thought-out scenario. The Bucks would have a hell of a team if that truly came to pass.

One other note on Oden. I'm hearing now that he might go back to school because he's "very smart" and a good student and loves school, etc.

I say, if he is truly "very smart" there is no way he would return to school. If he took even a rudimentary economics class at The Ohio State, he would know that the opportunity cost of going back to school would be astronomical and unrecoverable. He would never be able to make up the millions of dollars he would lose by not coming out this year. Not in his second contract, not in his third contract... never. And he could always go back to school for his degree later on.

So I'm hoping he is as smart as he seems and as advertised. If he is, he'll throw in this year.

Anyway, thanks for for the comment, J Rock, and for the compliment, too.

At April 3, 2007 at 10:40 PM, Anonymous paulpressey25 said...

People all year have criticized Oden for not playing with emotion. Last night it was clear he wanted that championship.

It just crystalized how important this tanking job we are doing is. We need to run the table with losses, even if it means playing Markota 40 minutes per game. We're seriously close to a 1 and 5 chance of getting Oden and ending 20-years of frustration.

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