As we've mentioned before, soon to be No. 1 or No. 2 overall pick Greg Oden was the first human to spring fully formed from the womb, with a beard. And if his interview with "ESPN First Take" — it's like "Cold Pizza," only with a less dumb but more pointless name! And it's not in New York anymore! — yesterday is to be believed, he really is about 40 years old.
The interviewer asked him, "OK, but what teams did you grow up watching as a kid? Did you follow a particular team?" Oden replied, and I'm paraphrasing here, "Oh, sure. Growing up, I watched a lot of the Lakers, and the Celtics. They were just good teams, that played good basketball." Safe answer—big franchises with storied histories, doesn't mean anything, etc, etc. Except that the Celtics were never particularly good during Oden's lifetime, much less his formative years. In fact, they sucked the vast majority of the years that Oden has been alive.
Greg was "born" in January 1988, so the first playoffs he would have been alive for were the 87-88 playoffs. Boston lost in the Conference Finals to Detroit. If he were a human baby, Greg Oden would not remember that. If he were born a 36 year old man, he probably would. During his human formative years, when one goes and decides to be a fan of a team (I'm calling that ages 7-12) Boston was one of the worst teams, if not the worst, in the country. During that stretch, seasons of 95-96 to 00-01, the Celtics won an average of 29 games. The Celtics had one good year, during the 2001-02 season (49 wins!), and have steadily slid back into craptacular. So, when, I ask you, WHEN was 18 year old Greg Oden a fan of the Celtics?
Yeah, someone really needs to remind Oden that he's pretending to be 19. Sure, nobody's watching "ESPN First Take," but eventually, someone's gonna notice.
Greg Oden Not Even Pretending Anymore [I Dislike Your Favorite Team]
(Sports At Random had this first, by the way.)