When it comes to investing, you know how the old cliche goes: Buy low, sell high. When it comes to the basketball existence of one Mr. Greg Oden, now would be the time for Danny Ainge to make that sort of investment. I get the fact that the Celtics don’t have a dime to spend, and that signing Greg Oden now would mean spending money on a player who won’t see the court in 2012-13, and who might not see the court ever again.
And I’m not advocating signing Oden at this very moment.
What I am a proponent of, is showing Oden some of the same love that Ainge showed Jeff Green.
Get to know him. Show him some love. Maintain a good, healthy line of communication during the upcoming season. Invite him to a game, maybe a road tilt against the Blazers in Portland.
What are you out? Time, effort, and mimimal dollars? And then, if Oden’s troublesome knee ever recovers to the point that he can give NBA basketball another go, you’ll be right there with the Miami Heat competing for his services.
The last I checked, Oden still has aspirations of playing professional basketball and proving all the doubters wrong. But that knee…damn, that knee…Oden’s stock is about as low as it can go at the moment, and all because of that knee. Let’s take a quick look back at past twelve months: In February it was reported that Oden’s left knee wasn’t even healthy enough to undergo surgery; in March, the Portland Trail Blazers officially severed ties with their long-hoped-for centerpiece; in April the Oden camp asserted that insufficient medical staffing in Portland helped ruin the big man’s putative career; in May Oden announced that he planned to step away for the entire ’12-13 campaign to rest up, heal up, strengthen up and prepare to take another stab at it as a 26-year-old on the other side of three microfracture surgeries in five years.
To use the investment analogy, Oden has gone from blue chip stock as a rookie to a penny stock as the 2012-13 season sets to unfold.
So now is the time to start investing in Greg Oden. Danny, pick up the phone. Call Mr. Oden and talk about anything and everything under the sun. Then do it again next week. And the week after that.
Who knows, you just might have a shot at adding Oden to your portfolio one of these days.