Monday, March 9th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  56 responses

Greg Oden: ‘It’s like, dang, can I ever do anything right?’

by Marcel Mutoni

It’s not the first time that G.O has dissolved into an emotional wreck, but it’s certainly the most detailed account of the big man’s growing frustration with his young, injury-stained basketball career.

In Portland, people (including Blazer players) are now discussing the possibility that Greg Oden’s rookie season could be over.

The Oregonian reports:

In Greg Oden’s world, everything, and everyone, is seemingly against him. “It’s like, dang, can I ever do anything right?” Oden says. His body has been besieged by injuries during his two seasons in Portland, the most prominent setbacks to his knees. His right knee required microfracture surgery in September 2007, forcing him to miss all of his first season. Now, his left knee is threatening to put an end to this season.

The team’s star, Brandon Roy, said he is beginning to wonder if Oden is done for the regular season after watching him icing his knees during Saturday’s shootaround. There are 5 1/2 weeks and 20 games remaining, and Oden has already missed three weeks and still can’t run without pain. “Seeing him this morning, it doesn’t look good,” Roy said Saturday night. “You have to figure he is going to have to practice and get back into shape, and that takes time.”

The team’s medical staff maintains hope by saying this type of injury can rapidly improve in the course of a couple of days; the problem is that Oden and everyone else simply no longer share in this optimism.

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  • Fred34

    Poor Oden, making history the hard way. Keep ya head up

  • J.Deneer

    C’mon big man!

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/nba/overdribbling/index276-pa30.html chiqo

    the sam bowie whispers continue.

  • Exile

    Too bad. He is fun to watch. Heal up Big guy.

  • niQ

    This looks like a job for.. the Phoenix Suns staff.

  • riggs

    they seriously need to get him the best medical team money can buy

  • Danny W

    niQ, you said it. He needs the Suns staff. Before he finds himself having the same conversations with the same journalists, in 10 years time, and in 20 years in Barbershops.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Damn, it doesn’t look good at all for G.O. However, Big Z was basically a walking injury in his first 4-5 years in the league and he’s been (relatively) healthy ever since. Then again, his game is not based on athletic abilities at all.

  • http://slam weezyleezy

    shoulda stayed in school young fella.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    weezyleezy, let me play out your scenario.

    Oden’s issues are obviously a part of a larger physical/structural problem, and the injuries occur even at Ohio State. NBA teams sour unbelieveably on him and he drops out of the lottery/first-round/draft………

    He doesn’t sign his rookie deal and after a couple years shuffling around the D-League, he is soon back in Naptown selling cars.

    I think he made the correct decision.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Damn is bill simmons right about this guy?

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    We don’t give a dang if you don’t give a dang

  • rob

    whoever did the surgery on him needs to be sued! like u guys said he needs the best medical staffs like the ones in phx and LA. and maybe an athletic trainer like denvers. tht guy is awesome. and after all tht he needs a mentor like wht bynum and dHoward has et al; kareem, pat ewing. there is TOO MUCH optimism. be real folks, this is the guys career.

  • Diogo

    Cub is definitely right.

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com Cordeazy

    @weezyleezy. Coming out was the best decision he’s ever made. Otherwise he would be a broken down college player who COULD have had a bright career, and broke. At least now he has some dough.

  • jdubbs29

    How could they choose Oden over Durant? With Durant, they’d be looking at competing for a championship within the next couple of years.

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    I don’t know abut Simmons, but I think I was right…

  • http://myspace.com/mavus15 Mavus

    He should stand outside the paint and just practice shooting jump shots without jumping… he’s not going to be able to rely on his legs for dunking. He needs to become more like Ewing or Smits, don’t jump but get better with that jumpshot. Don’t become SHAQ… be more than just a post up guy!!!

  • donlaker

    dang or like michael jackson would say dadgummit,
    i co sign to lang’s view ,hope you dont end up
    with a short nba stint due to injury. j kidd did alright, and the stat seems to have got it all back
    good luck with your knees and ankles
    k mart wasnt the same after his college injury

  • Blue

    Or find some way to get traded to Phoenix…everybody gets better in Phoenix except the coaches, though Gentry is cool.

  • Bro. D.

    Can we start calling him the black Bill Walton now?

  • BostonBaller

    #1 Coming out after his freshman year was the right move #2 Don’t sue the Dr since it’s the other knee this time #3 He should NOT return this year even if he is cleared, he should go somewhere and work out, get a head start on next year by getting into playing shape #4 He should use some of that money he hasn’t earned yet and pay for the best physical therapist and trainers money can buy #5 He’s not Walton just yet.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    At this point he’s starting to remind me of Kyle in the South Park episode when he got a negroplasty.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Lang don’t get too hyped on yourself. Kudos on being right–half-right.I do believe the following is a quote: “Kevin Durant. Look, both of these guys are going to be awesome NBA players — that’s basically a given.”………Too bad that given was taken. Good Luck, Gregory.

  • luke

    Who is this Greg Oden guy everyone keeps talking about??

  • Josh D

    Unlucky he may be, but Oden ain’t a flop sometime in the next 3 years we’ll see him blossom into the player he was projected to be

  • http://www.blogs.myspace.com/originadro Witness

    i so desperately want him to get healthy so he can prove all of us wrong. we cant be odenized with oden in street clothes.

  • http://www.blogs.myspace.com/originadro Witness

    i just love that he wants to dominate and isnt making excuses. he accepts that hes dissappointing the whole nba, let alone blazermaniacs.

  • http://www.blogs.myspace.com/originadro Witness

    get well greg!

  • Gift2Basketball

    They should shelf him until fully healthy…

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

    One, Lang’s post was like looking into the past. Two, I’m getting tired of reading things like this. GO, we hardly know you. Give us a chance to know you better.

  • http://www.nba.com JE

    Remember how depressed the entire Celtics organization initially seemed when they were given the #5 pick in the draft, and realized they weren’t going to be able to draft Greg Oden?

  • cneww

    people who say they should have picked durant are stupid. with durant on the blazers they would be worse. the only reason durant is so good in OKC is because everyone else is terrible and he shoots so dam much

  • ab_40

    he’ll be back and try it out too early get 10/15 minutes ppg in a first round loss by the blazzers. He’ll take 2 weeks off get his mind right chill with his dog and some uhm lady friends and then get three and a half months of PAIN FREE weight training and balling in. quality training and practices not hours of lifting the biggest weight or 2 hours of semidunkcontestwortyh dunks. Maybe give hakeem a call. Or better yet arvydas sabonis y’all probably don’t know this but he was king in europe and took david robinson to school in a WC game or an olympic game. Hey wow arvydas sabonis teaching greg oden… wow I’m in a smart mood

  • http://www.blogs.myspace.com/orignadro Witness

    SABONIS! he’ll be like david robinson meets yao.

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


  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    not giving up on oden yet, but a blazer starting 5 of blake/roy/durant/aldridge/pryzbilla… damn!

  • youngmuggsy

    In 3 years time we’ll be laughing about how we actually thought greg oden was a bust.

  • chintao

    … or, in three years, Greg Oden might be in a wheelchair. I don’t wish it. I’m just saying….

  • http://slamonline.com/ Double R

    I really hope Greg is able to get pass these injuries.

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

    I really hope Greg will be able to find a decent paying day job.

  • http://www.Slamonline.com CP34MVP

    Big Man, Keep ya head up. It aint over. Y

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

    How many words a minute can you type big fella?

  • Michael

    i am not sure there is a medical staff in the world who can make his legs the same length. it is tough to say, but i think he will never reach any sort of heights in the nba, certainly not as a franchise type player.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    I like what poster “Z” said. He compared him to Ilgauskas, who also had a lot of troubles in his first four years. And look at him now, dude’s a vital point of a contending team.

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

    Ilgauskas’ game wasn’t predicated on athleticism, it was based on him being 7’1 with great SIZE. His game is that of a set shooting midrange big man. Oden’s skillset isn’t like that. Everything Oden has in his skillset requires him to have athleticism. He doesn’t have very developed footwork in the post, so he needs to compensate with athleticism. This is troublesome for somebody who had microfracture surgery as a rookie, and now in his TRUE rookie year, his numbers are lower than Sam Bowie’s rookie year. SAM BOWIE was more durable than Oden at the same point in their NBA careers, as well as better statistically & you have to remember something- Bowie was coming off TWO straight seasons with a surgery to one of his brittle ass legs. If he can come back from that and play better than Oden is from a similar problem, I don’t understand the extreme outcry for “He just came back from injury.” That doesn’t change the fact that the biggest WRONG draft pick ever did the same thing and played better as a Rookie than Oden is now. I think people are just getting defensive because it’s so early. But at the same time, just look at the facts. If Ryan Jones can say LBJ is a lock for the HOF in only 6 NBA seasons with NOBODY here arguing with it, than can we at least say the GM for Portland made the WRONG decision in taking Oden over Durant in almost 2 years? That’s 1/3 the time that basically every major analyst has taken to crown LBJ a HOF lock already. Now put it into perspective and tell me just how “too soon” I am being.

  • Jack

    Oden has a skillset Justin? interesting

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Yeah he does, but it only involves pulling himself up on the rim to exagerrate the force of a dunk and occasionally blocking somebody’s shot.

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

    ciolkstar, that’s what I mean. his entire game is predicated off of what athleticism he has. so if he’s injury prone how will he cope like big Z does? Oden doesn’t have a shot worth a damn outside of 5 feet.

  • Scoop

    chalk it up to bad luck, but i admit i’m starting to wonder if this is gonna be it

  • PArson

    niQ is dead right the Suns medical staff would have this boy playing like a certain Mr O’neal by now. I hope he makes it but right now the prognosis don’t look too good.

  • Ken

    Leaving college after one year may have been a good thing for Oden and his bank account, but not so great for the Blazers. They want production and they are becoming impatient. Yet I don’t think that Oden will ever be able to meet their expectations and will most likely be dealt. That doesn’t sound like Sam Bowie; that sounds like Kwame Brown.

  • kh

    looks as though his real age is finally beginning to surface through his physical body. who’s next, bron?

  • bike

    Dang Greg! Man you got it rough alright: living your dream playing in the league, makin millions,set financially for life in a tanking economy, etc. Just hook up with some of those Sun’s trainers and gulp down some HGH and it will clear you right up beautiful, dude.

    Quit sitting around feeling sorry for yourself. There are umpteen million of guys that would trade places with you any day of the week.

  • don

    niQ Posted: Mar.9 at 12:18 pm
    This looks like a job for.. the Phoenix Suns staff.

    —-i agree, healing nash, o’neal and grant hill. wow. i think the only injury they weren’t able to fix right away was joe johnson’s nose back in ’04 playoffs.

  • L33tSauce

    Oden is a great guy, And Big Z may put up points but when it comes to defense i think a chair or small child would do as good as him.