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That and Portland TOTALLY lucked out by winning the lottery. They should have picked 7th and shouldn't have had a chance on Oden. Had they picked 7th, Noah is the best player they could have gotten, but they could have wound up with Corey Brewer, Chairman Yi, Brandan Wright, Acie Law IV, Spencer Hawes, etc. Some of those guys are nice players, but they're not franchise players.
3 years ago on Thursday Bolts – 3.29.12
I'm so tired of whiny Portland fans. Look it up, the only reason Roy fell to them in the draft in the first place was injury concerns. It is in no way shocking that Roy retired early due to knee trouble.
Here's a quote from a Portland article:
Like many NBA teams, the Blazers medical staff assigns a ranking to a potential draft pick or player they are interested in acquiring.
Of the seven players on the Blazers' current roster who were drafted in the first round by Portland from 2006-2010, five were rated as high risk from a medical standpoint, including one who was essentially given a red flag as dangerous to draft. Because of laws protecting the privacy of players, the team would not disclose those players' names.
They did not have bad luck, they chose injury-prone players.