Now this is exciting.
Tonight Sheed of Bust A Bucket has agreed to come by the Fanatic Penthouse during tonight's live blog and share in some libations and lively conversation about everything Knicks and Blazers. If you don't know, Bust A Bucket is one of the best b-ball blogs on the Bloguin network and beyond. They are our kinds of people -- original, inquisitive and provocative. To get in the right frame of mind (surely a tough task for a Blazer fan just having lost Greg Oden to a devastating knee injury) for tonight's game, Sheed and I decided to ask each other five questions about our respective teams. You can view my answers to his questions by paying them a visit at Q and A With a Knicks Blog. My Q and A for Sheed follows:
LIVES: The big news, of course, is the surgically repaired busted knee cap of the big man, Greg Oden. Do you think that Oden will ever reach the potential we saw in him at the draft or is he now to be marked a bust?
SHEED: It's always been about potential for Greg. For years he's dealt with injuries and shown flashes of brilliance which had teams salivating on draft day 2007. A 7-footer with extreme athleticism and major upside, he was slated to be the next great big man.
If a player can be called a bust for injuries, then so be it. But for me, a bust is someone who physically underperforms when healthy. I have no doubts that Greg can be a monster contributor if he can stay healthy and I will probably never call him a bust, only unlucky. It's still very early in his career, and even though things are leading to a devastating conclusion, he may come back next year stronger than ever and put together a years of great basketball. I will always believe in 52.
LIVES: This past summer you picked up an excellent point guard in Andre Miller but he is not starting. Instead Nate has Steve Blake leading the charge. Do you think this is a mistake and will Andre ever fit in?
SHEED: I have always been a huge Andre Miller fan, and when I found out we'd be getting him, I was very excited. I saw the signing as a great bargain and an opportunity for Portland to add a legit passing point guard who could create more shots for this talented young Blazer team.