Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 at 2:00 pm  |  43 responses

Greg Oden: Stronger Than Dwight Howard?

“While working as an assistant with the U.S. Olympic team, McMillan has worked closely with Orlando’s All-Star center, Dwight Howard. Jensen said McMillan told him that Oden is more powerful than Howard. And McMillan last month said he thinks Oden is more powerful than Shawn Kemp was at age 20.”

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  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    His knees aren’t as strong. Burned!

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Greg Oden is El Burito!

  • Ken

    Nobody is as strong as Kemp was at 20.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    grampa oden is barely strong enough to walk himself to the bathroom. and he has one of those shower stools, you know cuz his knees are real bad and stuff, yeah so thats what that was now maybe we can get to something a little more phosphate, phosphoric acid, modified food starch, red 40, yellow 6, yellow 5, citric acid, salt, sodium citrate, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    power and strength aren’t interchangeable

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    all apologies, my gatorade bottle took a bunch of peyote and shrooms and felt the need to get all communicationally with the internets, for what i havent got the foggiest, however, it is known to the lakotas that whenst the chosen one travels to beijing houses will be built of muchos bricks forth the arches of leonidus have come upon us once again and the only way is through thought.

  • jessi_san

    im a bigger DHoward fan than a GOden fan, but ya know, its only been a few seasons since GOden has been in the league,who knows, perhaps once hes back at full health, he’ll be a darn good match for DHoward

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    he may be strong, but dwight walks like an athlete. oden walks like a defeated, decrepate old man.

  • Captain America

    I like both playz. I like coach McMillan. But, really, who knows for sure. Let’s throw the ball up and fine out.

  • http://www.bumpertunes.net @CalvinLotz

    Dwight Howard is a monster, but people don’t really understand how strong and quick Oden is. NBA post players should be very afraid.

  • The Promise

    I wanna see them play against each other, and guard each other the whole game, and see whos stronger. I wont say one is stronger than the other cuz I aint seen Oden play in the league yet. It will be interesting…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    let me try this one more time…power isn’t the same thing as strength.

  • tike

    haha i played with Oden but never Kemp nor Howard and i can co-sign saying that Oden is very strong after all he is a footer…the old jokes are getting old

  • ancarr

    i love Greg Oden but we’ll see after he plays one NBA game

  • http://myspace.com/jrcfl Justin

    We’ll see. The question is whether Greg Oden is stronger than Jason Maxiell?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    RV:And weight isn’t the same thing as mass..Earvin Johnson..Earvin Johnson..Earvin Johnson…

  • Mendel

    I’m not sure about that. First, my team destroyed Oden at the YMHA and my boy made himm look like stiff. Second ain’t know of them as stong as Kemp till they can match the stamina in takes to have as many kids as he does.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    this argument is pointless, power involves how fast and how far you do something as well as the strength or force you apply. Since Oden has better endurance and better flexibility and is pretty strong himself its not surprising he’s more powerful, but i’m sure Howard has more strength. I’m more surprised by the kemp comparison than Howard’s. By the way, mass and weight involve a constant (gravity) so its not the same thing.

  • B. Long

    I don’t know why there hasn’t already been an article written about this by SLAM by now but Big Men are back. Dwight, Amare, Yao, Young Drew, Oden, Tim Duncan,(gulp) Kaveman, not to mention if either one of the Lopez twins have an impact and the flavor of Shaq is still hanging around. This season is gonna be full of great post play. I can’t wait.

  • http://nbaukfan.blogspot.com/ mat smith

    dwight hasnt looked his best in the pre olympics, oden still has much to prove, even though he does remind me of russell, if you can say that….

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    please no more bill russell comparisons!

  • tinchek

    which one has the bigger brain?

  • EJ

    yea ok ill believe it when i see it

  • David

    Maybe Nate was comparing their moral fortitude.

  • Justin

    I would take Chris Webber at age 20. He was a big sophomore.

  • Diogo

    “(…) Oden is more powerful than Shawn Kemp was at age 20.” Of course he is, Oden is 45!

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics/ Moose

    we still havent realized oden’s real powers . . .

  • slamfan4life

    Odens yet to even play in a NBA game,lets just wait and see how he will actually will do

  • gPaul

    I met Greg at a Nas concert a while back …He definitely doesn’t walk like an ‘old man’ or whatever that person said, but he still seems like a kid. It was funny, they wouldn’t let him backstage because he’s not 21.

  • Boing Dynasty

    I sometimes start fights with people if the share names with famous people, just so i have a cool story to tell.

  • Jose

    I Have no clue on whos stronger but it’ll be great to watch and find out

  • John D

    Lol at Izzo.

  • call me li

    imma agree with Nate. Greg Oden is real strong but he just doesn’t look it like Dwight does..plus Oden already got a better post game than Dwight wit them lefty n righty hooks. I say before 2009 all-start game everybody will be convinced Oldman Oden is for real

  • AB_40

    powerfull as in explosive power. Some people are gonna get put on posters this season in portland. Wonder if shaq’s gonna play against him he chalenged him 2 years ago but it never panned out… tim duncan will kill him though haha

  • Norimike

    Well I guess we have to remember Nate was there when Kemp was 20. So he must be pretty strong, but can he play basketball?

  • ciolkstar

    I can’t give Oden all that much respect just yet. Let see if he can stay HEALTHY. That said, I think GO is a little bit more fluid and coordinated than Dwight, but I can clearly see a young Shawn Kemp banging all over both of them. Coaches always try to hype up their players.

  • dfrance

    I predict Howard will foul him out of the game the first time around if they play each other straight up.

  • Zach

    ABsolutely not. Howard is the strongest low post guy in the NBA. Although I am looking forward to the arrival of Oden.

  • Ryan.T.

    If you ball than you know it’s not always about size. I’ve played skinny dudes that were stronger than guys that would hit weights regularly. Dwight Howard is obviously more athletic though. Earl Boykins…… Probably the strongest pound for pound player to ever play in the NBA. Do the research.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    …stoudemire WILL be strong next season…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=627550406 KA

    oden is strongest one there is! oden smash puny howard! rargh!

  • fdsfds

    no way man, no one is stronger than shawn kemp when he was 20

  • PlayersBall4real

    Oden will eat everyone in the league with the exception of Garnett, and that will be the NBA finals, just the two of them scrapping and scraping amidst a pile of spent lesser players’ corpses and discarded limbs on the court, every year for the next 10 years at least.