It wasn't exactly Willis Reed limping back onto the court at Madison Square Garden, but 7th Avenue between 31st and 33rd in Manhattan was the setting for the climax of another basketball drama on Thursday night, one that had been unfolding for months. In a move that surprised few, even those who disagreed with it, the Portland Trail Blazers opted for Greg Oden instead of Kevin Durant with the first pick in the NBA draft.
Kevin Durant and Greg Oden
Oden and Durant will forever be compared and measured against each other, so we might as well start now. Which player is more likely to become a star? Does anything about their respective games concern you? And since many were calling this one of the deepest drafts in recent memory, what about the rest of the lottery? How many future All-Stars will Thursday night produce?