HoopsHype Greg Oden rumors

September 16, 2014 Updates

Upon returning to his mother's suburban Indianapolis home from a nightclub with two women who were in town to visit him, according to police, Oden grew violent during an argument with a woman he dated on and off for three years. Oden's mother, Zoe, told police she was awakened by a dispute that might have involved accusations of the ex-girlfriend's infidelity. Arrest records indicate Oden overpowered his mother and a second person, described as the victim's best friend, to attack his ex-girlfriend near a family room sofa. ESPN.com

Oden struck the victim at least three times in the face, causing a laceration across her forehead, a swollen eye and a nasal fracture, according to court documents. A friend of the ex-girlfriend told police Oden stopped punching her only after he saw blood splattering onto the sofa. "Stop! Stop! Get off her!" witnesses shouted at Oden, according to police records. "He really wanted to punch the [redacted] up outta her," Zoe Oden told investigators, according to the police report. ESPN.com

"Remorseful does not begin to describe how he feels," Conley Sr. told ESPN.com Monday. "People will write and say what they please, and I know Greg is a story, but all of that does not matter to him or me at this point. He is working to better himself for him -- not for the NBA, the press or anyone else. For that reason, I wish not to go into what Greg has and will do." ESPN.com

Privately, his battle with personal demons still raged, according to multiple sources. Alcohol abuse remained a concern last season as he sat out many games because of soreness in his knees and back. When he was left in Miami during road trips early in the season, he often was spotted at local sports bars and restaurants, including a Hooters across the street from AmericanAirlines Arena, to watch the games. ESPN.com

He didn't hang out with many teammates when he did travel, choosing instead to venture out alone or with friends outside of the team. But multiple members of the Heat said he stayed even-keeled throughout the season, which one player said was better than many expected considering his trying situation. Oden rarely showed his frustration in moments when he expected to play but didn't, but he would, at times, scoff when approached by reporters about his health status after Spoelstra would suggest he wasn't quite ready to play. ESPN.com

Instead of teaching his franchise center the finer points of post play, McMillan would soon be spending his nights coaching the Blazers to cope without him. Eventually, his days would often require working with Oden through counseling for depression. There were times when Portland's basketball staff went through counseling to better help Oden benefit from his own sessions. "We just tried to do all that we thought we needed to do," McMillan said. "But we also felt he needed some outside help. We worked with his agent, former coaches, mentors, Mike Conley Sr., his family ... trying to figure out what was best. We just tried to bring in all the people we felt could help." ESPN.com

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August 14, 2014 Updates

Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden is free to leave Indiana while he awaits trial on charges he punched his ex-girlfriend in the face as long as he remains on GPS monitoring, a judge ruled Wednesday. Marion County Superior Court Judge Steven Rubick entered a routine not guilty plea on behalf of Oden and scheduled the free agent center's trial for Oct. 22. Oden is charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury and two misdemeanor battery counts. NBA.com

August 13, 2014 Updates

Prosecutors in Indiana have formally charged former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden with battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face during a fight. NBA.com

August 11, 2014 Updates

Miami Heat player Greg Oden is now facing a felony charge after police said he punched his former girlfriend in the face. Oden, 26, was charged in Marion Superior Court today with one count of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony, as well as misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and battery resulting in bodily injury. His felony offense carries a penalty of one to six years behind bars. Indianapolis Star

August 7, 2014 Updates

Former Lawrence North Basketball star and current NBA player Greg Oden was booked into the Marion County Jail this morning. He was taken into custody in Lawrence at 5 a.m. He has been booked on two preliminary charges — one Class A misdemeanor for battery with injury and one Class B misdemeanor for battery. 13 WTHR Indianapolis

“I was wrong and I know what has to happen,” Oden told officers. He said he and the woman had dated for approximately two years and broke up about two months ago. Police described Oden as “calm, apologetic and cooperative” and said he told them he took “full responsibility” for his actions. FOX 59

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As for Oden, the Heat has not informed his agent, Mike Conley Sr., if the team wants him back. “They said they’ll get back to us,” Conley said. “A couple of teams have inquired. He wants to be able to play.” Miami Herald

July 14, 2014 Updates

Mike Conley, agent for Greg Oden, said a return by the center to the Heat remains possible as Pat Riley continues to restructure his roster. "Greg just wants to be somewhere where he plays," Conley said, with Oden appearing in just 23 games for 212 minutes for the Heat during the regular season, and in just three playoff games for a total of seven minutes. "He is open to a return." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

July 13, 2014 Updates

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