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Greg Oden
Greg Oden
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Born: 01/22/88
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:257 lbs. / 116.6 kg.
Earnings: $24,322,868 ($28,924,083*)
Alex Kennedy: Who are some other players who could’ve done so much more if it wasn’t for injuries? For example, Brandon Roy comes to mind immediately. David West: “Greg Oden. The one year that dude was healthy, we played them like three times in the first month-and-a-half of the season or something. I remember bumping up against him and being like, ‘Yo, this dude is going to be a beast.’ We couldn’t do anything with him — me and Tyson [Chandler] together — he was just dunking everything around the basket. He was 285-to-290 [pounds], but not like a bulky fat. If Greg Oden had stayed around, I don’t think small-ball evolves. If he’s healthy, I don’t think small-ball evolves the way it did. No way.”
The 7-foot center was so highly thought of coming out of Ohio State that he was drafted No. 1 by the Trail Blazers in 2007, ahead of Kevin Durant. But one teammate thinks Portland did him no favors by how it handled his many injuries. “I felt like they tried to push him too hard,” Travis Outlaw said on the Talkin’ Blazers podcast. “I really thought, like, let him feel his way out first and then you feed him.” Another teammate, Channing Frye, saw both sides of it. “But, you know when you pick somebody number one, right away you’re trying to show like ‘this is why we picked him,’” Frye said. “I was kind of like, give him that Joel Pyrzbilla role first and then he would have blossomed into something good but they sped his process up.”
The 7-foot center was so highly thought of coming out of Ohio State that he was drafted No. 1 by the Trail Blazers in 2007, ahead of Kevin Durant. But one teammate thinks Portland did him no favors by how it handled his many injuries. “I felt like they tried to push him too hard,” Travis Outlaw said on the Talkin’ Blazers podcast. “I really thought, like, let him feel his way out first and then you feed him.” Another teammate, Channing Frye, saw both sides of it. “But, you know when you pick somebody number one, right away you’re trying to show like ‘this is why we picked him,’” Frye said. “I was kind of like, give him that Joel Pyrzbilla role first and then he would have blossomed into something good but they sped his process up.”
On the most recent episode of Talkin’ Blazers, former teammates Travis Outlaw and Channing Frye shared memories from that era of Trail Blazers basketball and how the career of Greg Oden, in particular, was tragically cut short. “He’s one of the most, between him and Brandon Roy, the guy that I wish would have been healthy… because when he was doing his workouts and he was doing stuff when he was healthy, you were like ‘I get it’. I would have taken him number one too like obviously Kevin Durant is who he is now (amazing, Hall-of-Famer, Champion)… Greg Oden was like an anomaly of a human being, especially as a big dude.” – Channing Frye
Greg Oden: Well, when you’re by yourself, you need to cope. I had to think about this: I used to drink a lot and I never thought about this, but it used to numb my body. So I never thought about all of the pain that I was in. And one thing that’s big in Ohio is opiate abuse. I had an abundance of pills and I was drinking and taking them. I had to deal with that stuff. I remember calling Coach [Thad] Matta and just feeling like I didn’t even know who I was and I couldn’t sit by myself and be quiet. He was like, “Just come to the gym, come to practice.” I started going back to practice and, honestly, getting basketball back in my life and having something to do every day was something that was huge in helping me get out of that funk. Then, once I was there, he told me, “You know, there’s this degree-completion program…” I was like, “Hmm, alright.” Then, when I was going back to school, I actually had to concentrate and I couldn’t be hungover every day. It gave me a path. And once I went down that road, I realized, “You don’t have to drink every day to feel okay or feel something. You’re just numbing yourself.” Then, I had a family. My daughter made me want to live a better life and do things right for her because, eventually, she’s going to hear these things about me. I’m going to have to talk to her about some of the things that I’ve done in my life, but I want to help her be a better young woman and make better decisions in her life.