If I'm Oden, I do whatever it takes to try and get on with Phoenix and their training staff.
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I know the negative crowd will use their combination of crystal balls and Johns Hopkins medical degrees to assure us his NBA career is over, and maybe it is, but, still, it's something I'll be keeping my eye on.
Maybe it'll take another year of rehab, maybe more, but if doctors say there's a possibility of Oden resuming his NBA career, I'm gonna have interest.
Is he gonna retire or does he think he'll be able to play again?
I'm no medical professional, but if a doctor encourages a guy that just had his third microfracture surgery last month to keep playing I'd want a second opinion.
All I know is the other night at the Blazers game the saddest thing I've seen in a long time was Greg Oden having to use two canes to ambulate. Honestly he looked like he had shrunk 3 or 4 inches.
I hope he can come back but in all honesty I just don't see how.
I certainly wouldn't bet money on an Oden return, but only time will tell for certain.
Here's an article from last month:
Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season - CBSSports.com
I doubt he'll ever play again, but I'd also support signing him just in case. Assuming he's cheap. Why not, in that case.
I'd sign him to the minimum just to get headlines nationally. I'm only half kidding.
I've got my popcorn ready for the first "let's sign Greg Oden for the rest of the season" thread, when oden won't be playing basketball again until november at the earliest...
Love the guy, what a bad luck story he has been so far. Hopefully he can get back physically and try another run at the NBA.
If Grant Hill could find a way to come back and play into his late 30's, Greg Oden could get his knees fixed up and play at least 4 or 5 more seasons.
According to this two-year-old article, Hill's had at least five surgeries on his ankle -- the same number Oden's had on his knee.
After multiple injuries, Grant Hill's time is now - SI.com
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410 - 16 games = 394 potential games actually, because of the lockout shortened season
I'd still take 82 games of Greg Oden over 500 games of Michael Olowokandi.
Still got a roster spot...wouldn't think Larry would use it for Greg tho.
Frank Vogel says "Killer instinct, start strong, build a lead and then step on their throats."
If you can sign him cheap and have him play 10-15min a game, why not.
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The Pacer should at least let him use their facilities to rehab. Then let him know if he ever decides to make a come back, they would help him out.
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I've been one of the harshest on Oden over the years. I've said from day one I would have taken Durant over him because of health issues. The same health issues that GM's noted during scouting, are the same ones haunting him today. I also laughed and scoffed at people who wanted to offer him a multi year 6-10 million dollar contract last year (omg how horrible would that have been?).
Yet, if he's at the point where he's available for the league minimum and just a roster spot, I will take a chance on that at some point.