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Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  74 responses

Greg Oden: ‘Is There Any Proof That I’m a Bust?’

In spite of seemingly unending injury concerns, the newly focused Oden — he says he’s stopped partying and drinking so much — insists that he’s no bust. From the Oregonian: “Oden had a checkup with doctors last week and was told his knee was structurally sound. Besides one vacation to Mexico, Oden said he went through rehabilitation five days a week throughout the summer in Indianapolis, his hometown. Coaches, trainers and Cho visited him at various points, and the organization is not only pleased with his offseason work and but also still views him as a long-term championship piece. ‘No question; no question,’ McMillan said. ‘He’s a big part of this team. He’s a huge part of who we are and who we want to become.’ Perhaps he biggest dilemma facing Oden as training camp approaches is using patience and good judgment. His heart is urging him to play, but his knee — and the Blazers — are forcing him to wait until his body is 100 percent ready. Oden was adamant, however, that this restraint should not be confused for lack of desire or passion. His motivation is unyielding, he says, and Oden takes exception to those who claim he’s a bust three years and 82 games into his career. ‘Is there any proof that I’m a bust?’ Oden said. ‘All there is proof of is that I have bad luck with injuries. When I was out there on the floor, I think I did pretty good for myself. I’ve never really had enough time to play and actually improve. I think last year at the beginning of the year I did OK, started to head down that path. Unfortunately I had an injury. But I’ve prepared myself all summer to be an All Star and be as healthy as I can be and I’m going to keep doing that until I’m able to do that.’”

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  • Zabba

    Bust.

  • JTaylor21

    Um, do I have to spell it out for you. When you’re anointed as the second coming of Bill F*cking Russel and picked over KD but avg. only 9ppg, 7rpg, 1.4bpg, you’re a BUST. The proof’s in the pudding.

  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    SMH…. G.O doesn’t have a clue. Your a bust cause you can’t stay healthy enought to develop your game. Your a bust cause you took that lame a$$ pic of yourself.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I think in order for you NOT to be a bust as the number 1 pick you need to show proof that you’re not. You’ve got it backwards big man.
    I hope you can stay healthy and show us what you can do.

  • underdog

    Isn’t he still eligible for the ROY award?

  • The Philosopher

    I so worry for this kid’s career.
    For what it is worth, he is revealing that he has pain in that knee. I think he’s caving.
    Athletes are not supposed to let us “see them sweat”. Very telling to me.
    If I were to give him advice I would urge him to take this year off.

  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    Joe Smith was a number one pick, and he’s a bust no doubt about it but at least he could stay on the court. G.O would be lucky to have Joe Smiths career !

  • Hussman25

    He’s on the cusp of being a bust, but I cant blame the Blazers for picking him either. He passed all test they game him when they drafted the kid and didnt have any reason not to pick him #1. Things happen (some call it fate, destiny or bad luck). The team picked for need not the best player available. Blazers didnt need KD @ the time. They still dont necessarily need him. In my opinion this pick could be even worse than Bowie. Greg was already anoited as the next great Center in HS… Bowie was a very good player in his day, but nothing to the point of being anointed the next…

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Can you imagine if the Blazers drafted Durant? *smh*

  • t-sizzle

    they shouldn’t have drafted an old man..

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

    Greg, I’d keep partying and drinking. It’s really the only thing you’re going to get out of this NBA thing.

  • NDP

    Danny Ainge is the only GM on record saying he would’ve taken KD at #1. Regardless, Oden has been a HUGE bust — and he’ll be up for an extension this summer.

  • chazz michael michaels

    there is too much proof that this dude is a complete bust like beasley’s dumb ass

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    @chazz michael michaels: Beasley still has a chance to be great. He just needs to get his head screwed on right – I’d rather deal with that, than a Big who physically keeps breaking down.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.

    oh wait, you say there’s evidence? oh, carry on then.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Well, I think dude should play a full season before making that statement. I like Greg Oden’s game, but being injury-prone has hurt his value a lot.

  • JoeMaMa

    What people forget is that he played one year of college. This is what, his 4th year as a pro, so basically, had he stayed in school, this would be his first year in the league. Let’s just give him a clean slate and act like he’s new to the league. No one should be written off so young. Let’s not hate so hard. Oh, and anyone who says KD should’ve been picked first will need to back that up with a written statement, dated before the GO/KD draft, saying the same thing. Otherwise, no one wants to hear you. Even you. And especially me.

  • abaci

    It’s way to early to say he is a bust, he is what 22, 23 ? But for him to say “Is there any proof that i’m a bust?” he sounds really delusional.

  • CONEY ISLANDER

    HERE’S A TEST GREG, GO TO NBA.COM AND LOOK UP DWIGHT HOWARD’S #’S. YOU MY MAN ARE A BUST AND A HALF!

  • $am

    He’s a bust until he’s proven innocent. He’s gotta go out & show us, that’s the only way. 9 and 7? Really? You’re the no.1 pick (ahead of KD no less, Portland’s mistake not Oden’s but still)and don’t even average double figures? Give me a fuckin break.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Uhm…

  • $am

    9 and 7? Really? Sounds like a bust to me. Try KD’s 30 and 7 ; )

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    He is so limited offensively and it showed in college unlike Duncan who people compared the guy to. I never understood why he went first. Me and my cousin predicted the Blazers would regret picking Durant the night of the draft.

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    co-sign Bryan Crawford

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    Once his career is over, then it’s fair to say he’s a bust or not. He’s obviously has been disapointing to this point, but he’s young enough to recover and big enough to be dominant. It’s doubful he’ll have a KD type numbers, but only a handfull of guys do. IF healthy, and he gets some consistent playing time, then we’ll see.

  • vtrobot

    someone tell shaun livingston that he’s busted. grant hill has always been sort of busty too.

  • Ged23ai

    Very negative views give g.o. A chance to prove himself If he didn’t have those him and kd would lead in points and rebounds respectiively I hope he does come back good luck Greg :)

  • unrel

    @Shanoooo… i wouldn’t call joe smith a bust.. outside of high school standout, KG.. that whole draft was filled with solid role players.. no true superstars.. i know you’re talking of #1 picks.. but ed o’bannon was the bust in that draft..

  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    ^ Speaking of Ed O’Bannon… Is he still sueing the NCAA ???

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Greg Oden is the NBA’s version of Benjamin Button.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Ok grampa, when will you be playing his season? Exactly, bust.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negative kreep

    @BC: Greg Oden plays like he looks…55.

  • Justin

    Has a number 1 pick ever been waived?

  • All Day

    Greg you’re showing bust-like tendencies…meaning you’re not a bust, but you’re showing signs and symptoms of being a bust.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Per minute Greg Oden is a top 5 center in the NBA. Other then injuries he is in no way a bust.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh and everyone that judges Greg Oden’s production by his average is beyond ignorant. Just wanted to point that out. He has never played “#1 Pick Minutes” so LOGICALLY you should figure out that he won’t have “#1 Pick Production” Then again if your not logical this whole paragraph will seem like German

  • FEARtheDEER

    not really a bust yet, 11 8 and 2 in 2 quarters is pretty good. but if he keeps getting injured at his current pace(82 games in 3 seasons damn) hes bound to end up as a bust. i really see him averaging 14 14 3 IF he can stay injury free and cut down his 8 fouls per 48 minutes

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    agreed ^^

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Gramps could never avg 14 boards. Get lucid. And no justin, but no2 has been sent down to the dleauge

  • doyouwantmore

    Greg, you’re a great guy from what we can tell, but the evidence that you’re a bust is the way you busted.

  • hammer

    Oden does have a point. And I’m not saying this just cuz I’m a blazer fan. U need 2 b on the court 2 show if ur a bust or not. He hasn’t been able 2 play a full season healthy. We STILL do not know what he is capable of. I never considered him the next russell and people r idiots if they ever thought that or believed them experts who said that. I hope he gets healthy and stays healthy. GO P-TOWN!

  • unrel

    he needs proof?.. okay.. forgive the numbers if they’re off… but.. 3 years in the league.. 82 (+6 playoff) games played… you’re a bust.. HOWEVER.. you can still salvage your career and be a great, great center….. if healthy..

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Unlike most of the comments I’ve read, I for one believe in this guy, I think he will prove all the haters wrong and in 5 years from now, be one of the top 5 centers in the L.. Durant may have a better career and be more of a house-hold name, but when its all said and done, I think he will have a satisfing career..

  • rich

    i saw him partying at the hardrock in vegas by the pool. his knee looked fine

  • thefroh

    I’m glad to hear he has stopped partying so much. Here in Portland, it’s kind of a running joke how he is always out at the clubs hollering at the ladies-even before the dong pics came out.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    11/8/2.5 blocks in 23 minutes…23,1 PER! Dwight Howard is a 24 PER…its all about health haters!

  • Young C

    bust mcbusty bust

  • JayBo

    B
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    T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dyce

    Kwame Brown.

  • http://gregoden.com roybot

    What the hell do you guys expect Greg to say? You want him to admit that hes a bust and retire from the NBA at 22? He barely averages 22 minutes a game. He at least needs to play 30 minutes a game and THEN you guys can call him whatever you want.

  • HEHATEME

    BOOK IT!!!

  • http://gregoden.com roybot

    Kwame Brown career:6.7ppg 5.4rpg 0.6bpg in 22mpg
    Greg Oden career:9.4ppg 7.3 rpg 1.4bpg in 22mpg so DYCE I think you should put that comparison to rest dude.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    some of y’all are idiots. can KD average 30 and 7 if he only played 82 games his first 3 years? And can you really conclude someones carreer with that amount of games played? Darko’s been given a chance, so as Kwame, Olowakandi etc. but can you say that to Greg? Morons.

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

    The main thing is that Greg hasn’t achieved much. There is an expectation that comes with being the 1st pick in the draft (and being compared to one of the all time greats). It comes down to this: As a body of work, his playing career isn’t looking anything like the foundations for a solid legacy as a star in the league. Sam Bowie 2.0

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

    Kwame, Olawakandi, Darko, Oden….

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Like I said, Oden is gonna be one of the better centers in the L in a few years.. He’s just been unlucky these 1st couple years.. I’d still take him over alot of these other young centers..

  • Savage Dragon

    Ya’ll are ridiculous, how you gonna call a dude a bust when he’s barely had time to play a full season?

    A bust is somebody that has been given all the chances and couldn’t make anything of himself.

    Look at Kwame Brown, wit the Wizards, Lakers, Memphis and the Pistons. All teams that needed him to step up and he folded, Oden has been with one team and when he was playing he was putting up decent numbers for a guy that’s not offensively gifted.

    If I remember correctly, his numbers already match up with Dwight per 36 min, so how lethal would this dude be if he could stay healthy and learn for the next few years?

    Don’t take this as Oden/Blazers nut hugging.

    I’m a Lakers/Bynum fan so this is speaking from somebody that should be a Oden hater.

    The only thing you can say about Oden is that he’s been injury plagued but when he’s on the court he has shown legitimate flashes that damn near any team would love to have on their bench.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Thank you, Savage… Very well said.. (just don’t ask me to ever defend anybody on the Lakers) :)

  • L

    Is there any proof he is NOT a bust???

    L

  • EJ

    Um, how about numbers like 1, 9 and 7 for proof?

  • Coggie13

    pretty sure KD wouldnt be half the player he is now if he had gone to portland and been second to brandon roy. dude would have been on a leash.

  • http://www.twitter.com/HurstySYD Hursty

    ….tumbleweed…awkward cough…

  • Yes.We.Did.

    Just because there is no precedent for a player sustaining these types of injuries (damn shame about em) and still reaching his potential, doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. The future is still bright for Oden, he just has to work hard, be patient, and do him.

  • Yes.We.Did.

    Just because there is no precedent for a player sustaining these types of injuries (damn shame about em) and still reaching his potential, doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. The future is still bright for Oden, he just has to work hard, be patient, and do him.

  • vtrobot

    blake griffin is a bust. his number from last year are very, very low. pretty much zeros across the board.

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

    But BLAKES efficiency is off the charts. He hasn’t taken a shot that he couldn’t miss…

  • dfizz

    The only thing holding Greg back is his lack of minutes and injuries. He played only 23 minutes a game last year and had 11 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.4 blocks per game. A bust is something whose skill set doesnt live up to their potential, so basically someone whos not good but got drafted high. Greg Oden, on the other hand, is a very good player and top 10 center when healthy, maybe even higher than top 10. Put Oden against Kwame Brown, Darko Milicic, and Michael Olowakandi and he’ll dominate against them, and that is fact.

  • Mike Mihalow

    Dude should have stayed at Ohio for another year or two.

  • mrbust

    poor him, he was busted by his knee and his face

  • Elvis Freshly

    He’s a bust for being that ugly.

  • BostonBaller

    I would have picked KD in the draft but I wasn’t mad at or blamed Portland for grabbing GO. You don’t get a chance at a legit center every year BUT he was hurt during his only college season. Portland should think twice about any center they want to draft b/c of the Bowie curse. Bowie over Jordan and now Oden over Durant. DAMN, what bad luck. He still has a chance to be good or better.

  • huhkno

    The only evidence of him being a bust is the pictorial evidence online.

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

    dfizz – Sure 23 mins a game… so he’ll dominate for the first 7 buckets in a game of 21 and then have to sit out?… Darko – THAT was one guy who was taken hugh, never given a run by detroit and it wrecked him psycologically….

  • ClydeSays

    Oden hasn’t played enough to be labeled anything but ‘chronically injured’.

    As for the draft, the lure of a big man who can play (or just walk) is too tempting for any GM or franchise. Kwame? Darko? Olowakandi? Sheldon WIlliams? Patrick O’Bryant? Chris Mihm? Mike Sweetney? All Top 5 or Top 10 picks in the last decade of drafts…

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