Wednesday, January 31, 2007

How Old Do You Think This Man Is?

I want you to stare at the picture to the left of these words. Stare at it for three seconds. Now close your eyes. See the picture in your mind. How old do you think the man in the picture is? (You can click on the picture to enlarge it).

The picture is of Greg Oden, basketball superstar. Notice the cast. He's been playing with the cast on his shooting hand. His shooting percentage? 60%. He can't really shoot right-handed foul shots with the cast, so he takes all his foul shots left handed. His foul shot percentage? 60%. With his left hand! He's not as good as Bo Kimble was with his left hand, but still, 60% is not too shabby. Oden's injury might be the best thing that's ever happened to him. It is possible that he becomes ambidextous once the cast is removed. With his back to the basket, he might be able to turn either shoulder and finish with either hand. Currently, he's averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks. For Ohio State. He's a freshman in college.

He turned 19 years old a little over a week ago. That man in the picture is 19 years old! My girlfriend guessed that he was 35. What did you guess? (post it in the comment section, if you want.)


Ed said...

If I didn't know Greg Oden, I would have guessed 36 based on that picture.

DrGravitee said...

Ed, The picture is not the most flattering picture of him. It does make him look older. But he does look older than 19. It strikes me that the fast-to-perform-well H.S. to NBA basketball players (LeBron, Amare) were men-looking before making the jump. Anyway, I'm excited for the NCAA tourney. That tourney is especially fun when you have a goliath in it (Shaq, Glen Robinson, Duncan, and almost a Kenyon Martin.)