How many years do we get this?
I didn't get to see the game yesterday because I don't get ESPNU. I was left to check updates on my cellphone or as my girlfriend calls it, "Hazardous driving that's going to fucking kill us!" I also read the AP article which was apparently written from an extensive interview with Steve Alford.
Hearing Alford reminded me a lot of JoePa in one of those press conferences in the past where we beat the shit out of his team. He raves about our team to avoid bitching about his own.
Anyway, the point is Oden was amazing. Let's look at his shot chart from this 12-13 performance...(When I cut and paste the shot chart the shots disappear)
So if you go to the chart and enter Oden it appears that he has a "circle" in the rim and an x from around the block. Upon further review, he was 9-9 on dunks, 3-3 on layups (which are all represented by said circle) and 1 miss was from 5 feet away (as well as 5-5 from the line). It's no wonder Alford was so in love with him. Sorry Steve, he's going to the dance with us. (Who wrote that line, a high school newspaper editor?)
How many years will we have this blessing? He's almost too good to be true as far as being smart. He's not going to end up in handcuffs. He doesn't care about stats and is always thanking his teammates first. I believe we'll see at least 2 years. We won't win it all this year as we've seen how immature our team can be. I just hope they get a good run in the tourny though to game some experience and become hungry for next year. Where's the Final Four at in 2008?
So answer this...how many years will he "be ours?"