Greg Oden: ‘I feel I Can Be An All-Star’

by October 11, 2010

FanHouse checked in with Portland’s big man: “Greg Oden claims he doesn’t listen to all the talk about how Portland should have taken Kevin Durant instead with the top pick in 2007 and about how he’s joined Bill Walton and Sam Bowie on an infamous list of Trail Blazers’ injured centers. But there is one thing Oden believes should be heard when he speaks. ‘When I get out there 100 percent, everybody will see what kind of player I am,’ Oden said in an interview with FanHouse. ‘When I get 100 percent and I get to improve on the court, I feel I can be an All-Star.’ … Oden, taken No. 1 by the Trail Blazers in 2007 while Durant, the Oklahoma City star forward, went No. 2, already has missed a Walton- and Bowie-like 164 of 246 possible NBA games. He sat out his entire rookie season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee and then came the surgery for the fractured left patella suffered when he went down 10 months ago against Houston.  ‘It’s just tough,’ Oden said of his latest injury. ‘This is difficult because you can’t really know what the timetable is. If I get out there and I’m not 100 percent, I’m not helping the team. I’m hurting them. So that’s what I’m waiting on, to get to 100 percent. But I’m definitely keeping my spirits up, especially being around all (his teammates). They definitely pick me up a little more. I’m always staying positive.” For now, the Trail Blazers have given no timetable on when Oden might be back. They won’t even speculate.”