Saturday, August 10th, 2013 at 3:21 pm  |  19 responses

Greg Oden’s Doctor Told Him To Quit Professional Basketball

In a conference call on Saturday, Greg Oden said his doctor from his 2012 micro-fracture surgery told him to be a “regular person” and to quit professional basketball. Now the newest member of the Miami Heat, Oden said that watching NBA TV motivated him to get back. From the Sun Sentinel: “He could have walked away. His surgeon told him as much. But the game drew him back, and then the Miami Heat reeled in Greg Oden. In his first expansive comments since signing this past week, Oden spoke Saturday of a passion for basketball that would not allow him to walk away even after three major knee surgeries, the most recent in February 2012. ‘After that surgery in 2012, my last surgery, the doctor said, ‘Just be a regular person, go live life. Be a regular person. You would be perfectly fine walking out of this place and not have to worry about any rehab or anything,” Oden related during a news conference and conference call at St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis, where he endured the most grueling portions of his rehab work. ‘And I did, and then two weeks later, I was stuck on NBA TV. That’s just what I watch every day. I turn on TV and I’m watching NBA TV. I just wanted to play basketball. That’s my love; that’s what I wanted to do.’”

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  • melvo

    How much of his contract is guaranteed? Hopefully he invests and saves his money.

  • James George

    He already crushed the Blazers out of 10-20 mil? Hopefully he saved *that*. Vet minimums wont support the lifestyle of a guy who hangs out w/Lebron & company. Tough spot for vet minimum players.

  • danpowers

    dont worry greg, youll get your max deal with the knicks as soon as the cap is cleared.

  • Max

    Had a doctor tell me this a couple off years ago too, without the pro part ofcourse.
    Those are some hard words to hear man.

  • melvo

    haha, I forgot about his Blazer money

  • Basketball_iQ

    Why would you even be thinking about HIS money?

  • Mike From Spain

    My doctor told me to quit basketball 3-4 years ago. I took up running, cycling and began playing more than ever shortly after that, and i feel great. I am not a pro though…

  • robb

    Greg’s a winner. Go get ‘em big guy.

  • Lloyd

    I swear dude’s one more knee injury away from being rolled around the rest of his life…

  • Basketball Coach

    hard words right there, but he’s dedicated, you’ll have your time again Oden.


  • Mike From Spain

    the kneecap? The Knicks cap does not look like it’ll be cleared in a long time

  • Mike From Spain

    You know, drooling at the prospect of having that much money

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  • RunNGun

    I have a feeling Oden will be last year’s Brandon Roy.

  • Mike From Spain

    I stand corrected… look at that 2015/2016 cap hold. Do you think Oden’s knees will hold that long? It’s two seasons away…

  • danpowers

    dolan doesnt really care. evidence a: stoudemire’s 100 million contract to which i just referred to make a bad joke. now that i had to explain it makes the whole joke even worse :(

  • Mike From Spain

    well, there are only 6 million cap hold in 2015/2016… ‘soon’ is relative … did not get the joke… DELETE ALL POSTS! :)

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  • Camilla Watts

    I think Oden should not quit his basketball career if there is still a chance to recover from his injury. It was alas because he has a passion in playing basketball. I suggest he should really pursue his willingness to go back to basketball. Good luck Greg Oden! UrgentCareHouseCalls.net