Friday, April 6th, 2012 at 11:20 am  |  16 responses

Agent: Greg Oden Not Thinking of Retiring from the NBA

When the Portland Trailblazers parted ways with Greg Oden last month, there was speculation around the League that Oden’s career could be over. Not so, claims his agent. Per CSNNW: “The Greg Oden era may be over in Portland but Oden’s agent, Mike Conley, Sr., says don’t be too quick to consider Oden’s career to be over. ‘Everyone is quick to talk bust, but put themselves in his shoes,’ Conley said. ‘He has gone through a lot as a young man and he is continuing to work to get back. For him to come back is going to be a remarkable perseverance on his behalf.’ Having gone through five major knee operations, Conley says Oden’s spirits are high and he’s looking forward to getting back on the court and proving that he can still be a force in this league. Which means, he’s not thinking about calling it quits. ‘No he’s not retiring. The only way that would happen is if he was forced to and I don’t see that happening,’ Conley said. ‘He’s dedicated to making sure he’s back on the court as soon as possible.’ [...] In four seasons, Oden has played in only 82 career games. He’s back in his hometown of Indiana and is still immobile on crutches. If rehabilitation goes as planned, he could be ready to play by early next year. The Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers – to name a few – have been rumored to have interest in the unrestricted free agent big man. When asked if Oden would consider re-signing with the Trail Blazers if an offer was presented, Conley said, ‘There’s a possibility. Obviously, that decision is up to the Blazers, but my job as his agent is to find him the best offer out there on the market. Absolutely, no way in the world is the answer no.’ Conley did say that he hasn’t heard anything from the Trail Blazers indicating that they’re interested in his client’s services.”

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  • abaci

    What a shame. I wish him luck, but i think he is done. Hope im wrong.

  • Cbuscatfan

    “He’s back in his hometown of Indiana…” As a Kentuckian, I’m all for downgrading Indiana’s state status to ‘town’ . Well done!

  • iLL-P

    I’ve gone through some tough times basketball-wise, but nothing even close to what this guy is going through. I’m rooting for this guy and I admire his spirit and dedication to the game. That’s when you know you love it. I hope the big dude comes back and shines. You can’t keep a good man down.

  • Bt

    82 games over 5 years means no one will sign him for little more Han the min, especially when he won’t be ready till halfway through the season, which in his case usually comes with further delays until the end of the season

  • Youngindy21

    I could definitely see the Pacers picking him up next season for a little money especially with Jeff Foster retiring. It would be a low risk possible high reward for the Pacers if Oden Stays healthy. Plus what are the chances he gets injured 6 years in a row?

  • shawnkemp4prez

    The ONLY place for Mr. Glass is Phoenix. If any medical staff can revive him, it’s there. And it’s such a shame, because if he was healthy he would be the best center in the league, and I DO mean better than Dwight and Bynum.

  • robb

    You gotta admire this guy’s determination. I hope he can still make it

  • @Deknowz

    Mechanics,Cars = Phoenix, NBA players

  • dma

    what else is he supposed to say? i’m partying it up and not taking my rehab seriously (which has been reported many times)?

  • luis

    Thr suns should be abel to patch this kid up

  • bike

    Hope for a solid reserve role, no more than 20 min/game, make rehab a daily ritual forever, and save save save your money Greg.

  • http://Juanm.garcia@comcast.net KingsWithRings

    Why would anyone want to walk away from 7 digit fat checks without lifting a finger… I take that back… He does have to sign them.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com chiqo

    nah, direct deposit

  • Tuomas

    While I do hope he gets back and succeeds, it’s kinda sad that his own manager is a much more acclaimed athlete.

  • Rainman

    come to phx on the minimum, u can back up Gortat.

  • Anfernee Hardaway’s Knee.

    Phoenix isn’t necessarily the best place for him to go for treatment. Penny Hardaway went there and it didn’t really help his career that much and it took a lot of years for Grant Hill to even get healthy again, not just overnight after going to the Suns as a lot of people seem to think was the case.

    Recovery time is truly different for every injury depending on severity, the individuals own natural healing ability and the type/s of surgeries and rehabilitation programs they take part in.

    I hope Greg can get his career back on track, but it will take a lot more hard work from him to get healthy and stay healthy.