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Greg Oden's comeback?
Greg Oden hasn't played in the NBA since 2009, but his potential still intrigues NBA teams to the point where five of them are vying for the chance to be the starting point for his comeback. Oden's knee injuries have limited him to 82 games over two seasons, but he's reportedly been working out seriously in order to get his career back on track. The Blazers may have made a mistake picking him over Kevin Durant, but if we're lucky, we may finally get a glimpse of what intrigued them back in the 2007 draft.
What to do in the NBA draft?
The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the top pick in Thursday's NBA draft, but unlike previous years, the choice is not obvious. Nerlens Noel? He's widely considered the best prospect, but his weight and injury status give pause. Ben McLemore? Some say he's too passive. Victor Oladipo? Analysts say he lacks offensive polish. The Cavs must take someone, though -- unless they trade their pick, as has been rumored (Marc Stein reports the Chicago Bulls might send Luol Deng to Cleveland for No. 1 or to the Washington Wizards for No. 3).
The draft lottery has been great to the Cleveland Cavaliers -- they got LeBron James out of it one year, Kyrie Irving in another, and now they've got the No. 1 pick in this year's draft. There's no true standout star from this class (although a healthy Nerlens Noel might qualify), leading to speculation that the Cavs might end up trading the pick -- a move that hasn't been made in 20 years. The Cavs have three other picks in this draft and a lot of cap space, but the lure of picking first might be too strong for them to resist, given how well it's worked for them in the past.
There's no LeBron James in this draft, but the available players all seem solid and professional -- not lightning in a bottle, exactly, but better than some No. 1 picks we could name.
Nerlens Noel is currently rehabbing, but if he ends up recovering fully, he and Kyrie Irving could form the core of a pretty good team.
A reasonable system?
The Magic didn't get the first pick despite having the worst record in the league. The top pick hasn't gone to the worst team since 2004 -- which, oddly enough, just happened to be the Magic.
Is LeBron being serious?
LeBron James' decision to leave the Cavaliers for the Heat has been the defining moment of his career, and one of the defining moments for a city that he left. LeBron doesn't seem to think that means he's done with Cleveland, however, as he speculated about a possible return to the Cavaliers in a recent interview.
Do you like LeBron?
LeBron became one of the most polarizing athletes in sports after his nationally-aired Decision, but emotions seem to have cooled since then. Heck, look at him hanging out with current Cavalier and former teammate Anderson Varejao. No hard feelings, right?
What would Cavs fans think?
Assuming LeBron was still an elite player by the date of a theoretical return to the Cavaliers, fans in Cleveland would have a dilemma on their hands. It's never a bad idea to add a player who could help your team win a championship, but what if that player represents a lot of hurt feelings for your city?
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