Greg Oden Rumors

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Greg Oden
Greg Oden
Position: None
Born: 01/22/88
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:257 lbs. / 116.6 kg.
It’s been over a decade since Billy Donovan and Al Horford won back-to-back NCAA Titles together at Florida, but the Oklahoma City Thunder coach remembers it like it was just yesterday. Speaking before his Thunder visited the Celtics Tuesday, Donovan recounted what made Horford one of the greatest defenders he’s seen back in college. “He was an unbelievable defender when he was in college,” Donovan said. “The best I ever was around – one of the best. Go back to his junior year, we’re playing Ohio State and I put Noah on Greg Oden. And he’s out there guarding guards. We played Brad’s team, I think Brad was an assistant, we played Butler to go to the Elite 8. [They’re] playing with four guards and I’ve got him guarding a guard.”
After Oden was drafted first overall by the Trail Blazers in 2007, one pick ahead of Kevin Durant, the team outfitted him with a special orthotic insert to even his legs. “Three weeks later, I’m in surgery,” he says. Oden can’t prove that the orthotic is the sole reason his body collapsed in the NBA. The wheels were in motion for his body to fall apart the moment he hit his first growth spurt on the way to 7 feet. Everything in his life since has been governed by it. “And now I’m back here,” he says at the gym, “trying to figure it all out.”
Storyline: Greg Oden Retirement