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The curse of the NBA big man always affects drafts

MIAMI — Greg Oden has had years to think about the plight of his knees, and still has no good answers.
The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft is a poster child for big man bad luck, an epidemic that’s been sweeping the league for years. The latest victim seems to be Joel Embiid, a 7-footer expected to be the No. 1 pick in tonight’s draft before a recently suffered stress fracture in his right foot almost certainly robbed the former Kansas star of that chance.
“My body did what it wanted,” Oden said. “It didn’t ...


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