Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 9:50 am  |  11 responses

Greg Oden Wants to Play in the NBA Next Season

Greg Oden’s agent continues to push the idea that his client is ready to resume his NBA career. Per Fox Sports: “Injury-riddled Greg Oden could be returning to the NBA this season. That’s the word from Oden’s agent, Mike Conley, who got a call earlier this week from Oden. He said his client has changed his tune from wanting to take this season off. ‘(Oden) called me, and he was kind of excited,’ Conley said. ‘I think he’s motivated …. He wants to play. He had said he wanted to take this season off, but he’s backed off from that …. He’s open to playing this season. I think he will play this season.’ Oden, the star-crossed center who was taken No. 1 in the 2007 NBA draft by Portland ahead of No. 2 Kevin Durant, hasn’t played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009. Out of 394 possible games in his NBA career, he’s missed 312. Oden has had five surgeries on both his knees since entering the NBA, including two surgeries last February, one being his third microfracture procedure. He was waived by the Trail Blazers last March, making him a free agent. Oden was quoted in a Grantland article last May about his plan to take the entire 2012-13 season off. But Oden told Conley this week about the change in his thinking. ‘He’s starting to work out,’ Conley said of Oden, who was recently cleared for workouts, feeling better about his situation. ‘He’s excited. You can tell he’s getting antsy. At the end of the day, I want him to finish out his NBA career. He’s still pretty young (24).’ Conley, who said the former Ohio State star is committed to regular workouts this summer in Columbus, Ohio, said there’s still no timetable as to what point next season he believes Oden will be able to play. He said seven NBA teams, which he declined to name, have been keeping in regular touch with him, but Conley doesn’t anticipate it will be until the fall before there are any serious negotiations. ‘We want to get to the point where he’s more healthy and can show teams what he can do (in workouts),’ Conley said. ‘There’s still no timetable, and that’s the beauty of him being on his own. He doesn’t have to give anybody a timetable.’”

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  • Mas

    Take this year off…go play in Puerto Rico (Ivan Johnson says its a good place to go) or something like that. Relax, enjoy your $$$ you got from the blazers and try to come back strong, healthy and relazed. Then maybe you can have a NBA carrer.

  • Brown14

    I want to play in the NBA next season too. And I’m pretty sure as a 32 year old undersized point guard that can’t shoot I’ve got a better chance of being there than Greg

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Somebody needs to tell Greg Oden that Kool-aid is spiked

  • http://slamonline.com LLC#12

    So do I Greg. Injury wise I’d take most the guys on this comment section over him anyway.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHoliday

    Greg Oden should look into becoming a roller coaster repair man at Six Flags or something. This NBA thing may not be for you dogz.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I’d like to play in the NBA too but that wont be happening either. He’s going to the Heat if anywhere

  • http://whut Ugh

    I’d take Greg in a cast over you clowns.

  • http://9gag.com/gag/4568611 Max

    To have him play 2 quarters..

  • Ismael

    give it up Greg

  • Cole

    I really feel bad for the guy. In the span of like te
    two years his best friend died in a car accident, he had that securing stuff come out, he kept getting injured, and on top of all that his blind dog walked off a balcony and died. Not making that up. Go read the grant land article, it’s good.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Just go work as the resident gimp at Brazzers big guy.