Originally written on Celtics Life  |  Last updated 1/10/13
Nearly six years ago Celtics fans everywhere were praying that the ping pong balls would bounce their way, and that Ohio State center Greg Oden would be beginning a long career as a dominant center in Boston. Didn't exactly turn out that way - either for the Celtics, or for Oden. The C's of course fell all the way to 5th in the lottery (the lowest they could've gone) ((Video of 2007 draft lottery - gave me 'Nam like flashbacks)) and selected Jeff Green, who was then packaged for Ray Allen. The KG trade came next, as did the 17th title in franchise history. Since the 2007 draft lottery the Celtics have won 67.8% of their regular season games, and their 54 playoff wins are second in the NBA (the Lakers have 55). For Oden, it hasn't been nearly as fun of a ride. He originally hurt the knee getting out of a chair just three months after being drafted. He needed microfracture surgery. He successfully rehabbed and came back to have a solid 2nd season. 61 games played, 9 points, 7 board...
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