HoopsHype Greg Oden rumors

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Long before I worked in the league, I wrote that I would take Kevin Durant over Greg Oden. Granted, this was a different situation since I wasn’t submitting an official report to a team, but the position still wasn’t a popular one among NBA people I knew. One GM I had a good relationship with at the time chuckled after he read my analysis and sort of patted me on the head like I was some kind of overzealous child while informing me that one should always bet on size. My response was simple: Sam Bowie. Basketball Insiders

The general idea of learning from mistakes has been captured in platitudes aplenty for centuries. However, most of us who exist in the public eye or have some kind of public platform rarely acknowledge our mistakes. There are likely numerous reasons for this. In the NBA, I noticed how quickly people would distance themselves from personnel moves that went awry and how equally quickly they would position themselves to take some kind of credit when the moves worked out. This can likely be chalked up to simple self-preservation. There are very few jobs in the NBA and many people who want them. Admitting mistakes in our culture is seen as a sign of weakness even despite all of the clichés to the contrary. Basketball Insiders

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After all the surgeries, he missed three of the next four years, so you can understand why Walton has empathy for what the NBA has gone through lately, this season with Derrick Rose, Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo, Al Horford, etc., etc., all missing chunks of games with major injuries. Then there's Greg Oden, too often compared to Walton and not because they both were celebrated big men selected first overall by the Blazers. "I've been there," Walton said, quietly. "It hurts me to see that, to see them go through, to an extent, what I went through, to know these talented young men must deal with factors beyond their control, and also to see how it has affected a game that I love so much." SportsonEarth

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Greg Oden, naturally, has an appetite for opportunities after missing more than four seasons due to knee injuries. But that's not why he licks his fingers on just about every offensive possession, and often more than once. "My hands get very dry," Oden said. "Them balls are made for people with sweaty hands, and I got dry hands, so sometimes I can hardly palm the ball." Bleacher Report

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Miami had discussions with Bynum before he signed with Indiana, a source said. It would have been odd for the Heat to have Bynum and Greg Oden. Yahoo! Sports

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Does he think the Pacers got Bynum, at least in part with him in mind? "I think they got a lot of people in mind," Oden said. "You know, to get to where this team has been, you've got to pass a lot of people. It's not just us. I think they're just adding weapons, to try to help themselves. When that time comes, it's a hard road. You know, I've never been through it before, so it's going to be hard for me also." And the Pacers like to play big. "And hey, they just added size," Oden said. Bleacher Report

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Q: What do you think about what Greg Oden is doing here in Miami, and how eager are you to see the progress that he’s making? Kevin Durant: As a friend, I’m excited that he’s back in the league and he’s overcome a lot in his career. It’s a great story that he has: five knee surgeries, he was thinking about retiring before the age of 25, but he came back and he’s out there playing extremely well. It’s fun to see him back. He’s a good friend, somebody I’ve known since high school. I’m excited for him. Oklahoman

Q: Did you talk to Greg Oden over the years when he was out with injury at all? Kevin Durant: Nah, I didn’t get a chance to talk to him. But when he signed with the Heat, I texted him and just told him congrats and I’m happy for him. I know that’s big for him trying to get back into the league, and I’m happy that he’s back. Oklahoman

Now, though, Oden is finally back in the league. And of late, his role has increased, playing a combined 23 minutes the past few games for Miami. “I'm happy for Greg, man,” Durant said. “It's just been so tough for him the last few years with injuries. No doubt in my mind he would have been a dominant center in this league if he didn't get hurt. “Of course it's going to take him some time to get back in the swing of things,” Durant continued. “I'm just glad to see him back on the court, just having been linked together since high school.” Oklahoman

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Center Greg Oden did not practice Saturday but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he is expected to be available Sunday. Oden was held out after playing a season-high 10 minutes Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers. "He was able to do some conditioning," Spoelstra said. "He did some individual work before practice. I'll evaluate him [Sunday]. Everything's been good." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Greg Oden admits it: He considered retiring before he turned 25. He, too, wondered if his ongoing knee problems would allow him to play basketball again. But there was Oden on Thursday night, back on the floor, playing for the Miami Heat in a victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, his fourth game this season after a four-year layoff. "It was a long four years," Oden said. "But now I'm back, I'm healthy and I'm just happy to be doing it. Yahoo! Sports

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Miami is bringing Oden along slowly, hoping to mostly keep him encased in bubble wrap until they need the 7-foot bruiser in the playoffs to contend with Indiana’s Roy Hibbert in the Eastern Conference finals or possibly San Antonio’s Tim Duncan if they get together for an NBA Finals rematch. With the image of Oden’s last appearance still fresh in his memory, Webster is happy to see Oden back jumping again – and landing on both feet. “To see him come back from that is amazing,” Webster said. “That kid’s like a little brother to me. I’m very happy and proud of that kid, for making his entry back into the NBA. I felt he always should’ve been here and at the top. And the fact that he’s back and he looks healthy – he’s a step slow, but with time that’ll all come back – just in itself, through all the injuries and everything he’s gone through in life, just the fact that he’s out there and showing glimpses of the old Greg, hopefully, he can get it back on track.” Washington Post

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