Posted August 15, 2012

Greg Oden: “It’s not like teams are out there telling people they want me”

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Greg Oden said he may not play this season. (Ron Hoskins/Getty Images)

Former No. 1 pick Greg Oden is still recovering from repeated surgeries on his knees and may not be able to play this year. Even if he can later in the season, he knows his options will likely be limited, reports The Terre Haute Tribune-Star‘s David Hughes.

“It’s not like teams are out there telling people they want me, because they’re not right now,” Oden told Hughes. “And I’m not out there telling people I want to go to a certain team. I want to go to a place where I can get healthy and with somebody who can believe in me and my skills — somewhere it could be a good fit for the both of us.”

…“I would love to play (in 2012-13), but I’m not going to rush anything. I need to take a year off. What I told (agent Mike Conley Sr.) was, ‘Look, I want to get back with a team. I want to play. If there’s a chance that later on in the (NBA) year, if I feel good or if I’m healthy enough to play, I would love to play this year.’ That’s the conversation we had. I think some people kinda blew that up and took his words and kinda changed them around. I know I need to get healthy first before I do anything.”

…”If it happens, it happens,” he said. “I’ve got to move on with my life. I know I want to play basketball. If I physically can’t play basketball, then I’ve got to move on … I’ve still got to wake up tomorrow. I’ve still got to live. One day, I’m going to want a family and I’ve got to provide for them. So if basketball doesn’t work out, you gotta keep it moving.”

Oden hasn’t played in the NBA since 2009 because of injuries. The No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Oden has played only 82 games in his career.


7 comments
Hokieduck
Hokieduck

Well, he can always fall back on that tOSU college education.  Oh, that's right.  He left after his freshman year.  Or, judging by his past sexting pics, he could always go pro in porn.  OK, I admit it.  I am a butt-hurt Blazers fan.  

 

Good luck, Greg.  Seriously.  I hope you land somewhere and make some team an excellent backup center.

Jason8
Jason8

Backup is the best he can hope for.

He would have to put 2-3 uninterrupted seasons together before a team can risk building their strategy around him. 

JasonBras
JasonBras

something's wrong with this guy.  either he is supremely UNlucky (which is entirely possible) or he just doesn't have it.  i recall in the first few games he played for Portland, his skills is not up to par yet.  Durant, Roy he was not.  however, he does have the height. 

signmeup12345678
signmeup12345678

 @JasonBras the something wrong with him is he is a 7 footer with bad knees..think about how much strain these big guys put on their ligaments

NathanFenstemaker
NathanFenstemaker

Maybe Detroit, Arnie Kander did wonders with McDyess and McGrady who had knee problems prior to joining the team. 

nfinitwordsfoto
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I feel for the guy.  Seems to be a nice kid and had a ton of potential and talent but never could get past the chronic injuries.  Best of luck big fella.  

bithomas2
bithomas2

One would hope that the Bobcats would consider giving Oden a shot if he is able to play this season.  Seriously, what do they have to lose?