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Greg Oden
Greg Oden
Position: -
Born: 01/22/88
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:257 lbs. / 116.6 kg.
Earnings: $24,322,868 ($28,738,509*)
Without basketball, Oden didn’t know who he was or where he was headed. Without basketball, he was emotionally empty, a vessel of unrealized dreams. And so, starting with the news that he would require a second knee surgery back in the 2008-09 season, he began self-medicating, drinking himself into a stupor to make the pain of loss go away. He would watch Kevin Durant, the superstar who was picked second in his draft, establish himself as one of the game’s great players, and he would cry. He would watch tapes of himself when he was still healthy, especially at Ohio State, and the emotion would well up once again as he considered the player he used to be in high school and his one year in college.
Pritchard hired people to surround Oden, to help him deal with his frustrations and demons, but it didn’t turn out to be enough. He was in a tailspin. “He took it (the injuries and the frustration) as hard as any player I’ve ever seen,” Pritchard said. “Sometimes in basketball, these guys don’t have much balance in their lives, and then you take the game away, the most important thing they have, and they’ve got nothing else. It starts a process, and if you don’t stop it, it gets dark and deep and for him, it got very dark and very deep.” Said Oden: “Eventually, you realize that basketball got you this far, but being a good person will get you even further. I had so much self-made pressure, not realizing all I had to do was be happy with myself. Now I’m in a different space where I realize I have nothing to prove to anybody as long as I’m a good person for my wife and daughter and family; that’s what it’s all about.
Following the Aliens’ 10-point loss Sunday in Ice Cube’s 3-on-3, halfcourt league, where Oden finished with eight points and six rebounds, he was asked about his perspective being able to play basketball again. He paused. “I saw my daughter walk down the stairs with my wife and it put a big smile on my face,” he said. “That’s my perspective. All this stuff is just extra.” Quite a bit has changed for Oden in the past three years.
Oden says he’s grateful to just be able to play again. He enjoyed staying around the sport with Ohio State and, once the Big 3 season ends, wouldn’t mind coaching. “I just want to use my story to definitely help people, help kids,” Oden said. “Being able to use what I know to help people keep on moving and keep on taking that step forward and realizing that no matter what happens, there’s going to be bumps in the road, you’ve got to keep on moving.”
This isn’t how Greg Oden saw his career going. The 31-year-old should have been angling for one more long-term contract in what most people expected to be a long career. Injuries robbed him of that, but not of his passion for basketball. Now the former number one overall pick is focused on a new path: coaching. “I’m done playing. I helped out at Ohio State for the past three, four years. So I just kinda hit the bug on me,” he told MassLive. “I enjoy working with the players. I enjoy that side of it.”