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Greg Oden: 3 Big 'Ifs' for the Blazers Big Man
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Remember in school when you were dared to defy the odds and do something that you knew was probably not the smartest action, but risked it all anyway in hopes that you could accomplish your task and be applauded by all you peers, gaining respect and self confidence?

It's one of those situations where you throw all your chips in—if you fail, you may end up the laughing stock of your community; but if you succeed, you wind up being a local legend, a hero of sorts.

This offseason, the Portland Trail Blazers were dared by the rest of the league to go out on a very thin limb and offer the big man, Greg Oden, an $8.8 million contract. And you know what? The Blazers stepped up and took them on.

The Trail Blazers threw their chips in and stared into the eyes of their competition across the table. Some said it was foolishness, others said it was smart basketball; either way, only time will tell who comes out with the last laugh.

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