Greg Oden
American basketball player
Greg Oden
Gregory Wayne Oden, Jr. is an American basketball player at the center position who is currently a free agent. Oden played basketball for Ohio State University for one season, during which the team was the Big Ten Champion and the tournament runner-up in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. On June 28, 2007, Oden was selected first overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.
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Kevin Durant calls Greg Oden's self-diagnosed 'bust' status 'nonsense' - Yahoo Sports
Google News - 3 months
Yahoo Sports Kevin Durant calls Greg Oden's self-diagnosed 'bust' status 'nonsense' Yahoo Sports Kevin Durant characterizes Greg Oden's re-telling of himself as “the biggest bust in NBA history” as absolute “nonsense,” as most of us did when Oden discussed his personal measure of his NBA career in a discussion on ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' recently. Warriors star Kevin Durant: Greg Oden wasn't a bustUSA TODAY Kevin Durant: Greg Oden calling himself a bust is 'nonsense'Sports Illustrated Kevin Durant says Greg Oden bust talk is 'nonsense'Indianapolis Star SB Nation -ESPN -ESPN all 30 news articles »
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'It's over' former top draft pick Oden confirms
Yahoo News - 4 months
Greg Oden, the 2007 top draft pick whose NBA dreams were derailed by injuries, says his playing days are over. "It's over," Oden told an Indianapolis Star reporter who caught up with the 28-year-old, who is enrolled this semester at Ohio State University. Although Ohio State fell to Florida, the seven-foot Oden had caught the eye of NBA scouts and leapt into the league the next year touted as the NBA's next great big man.
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Greg Oden is healthy enough to dunk on Tim Duncan
USA Today - about 3 years
Oden proves doubters wrong by contributing for the Heat.
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Greg Oden is healthy and blocking dunk attempts for the Heat
USA Today - about 3 years
Oden rejects Jeff Green at the rim.
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Slam-dunk return gives Oden hope after injury nightmare
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Washington (AFP) - Greg Oden spent the past four years undergoing knee surgeries and rehabilitation work. The 7-foot center and 2007 NBA Draft top pick was finding his dream had become a nightmare.
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Finally: Oden back on the floor, and Heat hoping that he's ready for next step in comeback
Fox News - about 3 years
Many details about how Greg Oden has been rehabilitating his body in an effort to resuscitate his career with the Miami Heat remain a mystery, even to his teammates.
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Greg Oden dunks in his first real NBA game since 2009
USA Today - about 3 years
The former No. 1 overall pick plays in his first real NBA game in four years.
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Too early for teams to ponder tanking
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Some tremendous young players are about to take over the league, and they won't be deterred by a depressing won-lost record. By March and April, stone-cold reality will have coaches and club executives looking hard at the standings and how they affect the lottery. The Warriors did a masterful late-season tank job to make sure they got a first-round draft pick two seasons ago, and it paid off handsomely (Harrison Barnes). At a time when truly gifted centers are nearly extinct, Davis is a shot-blocker with a shooter's finesse and, as we saw against the Lakers, the ability to take off from the free-throw line for a soaring dunk. On NBA TV, former coach Mike Fratello called Davis "a franchise player." -- Interesting to hear TNT's Charles Barkley claim Miami "needs" Greg Oden to bolster its front line and stay ahead of the NBA pack. Oden did throw down a dunk in a preseason game, prompting teammate Shane Battier to experience "the most emotion I've ever felt in an exhibition, just to ...
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Preview: Heat at Raptors - Reuters
Google News - over 3 years
Washington Post Preview: Heat at Raptors Reuters Tue Nov 5, 2013 6:02am EST. The road hasn't been kind to the Miami Heat through the first week of the season - but that may change beginning Tuesday night as the two-time defending NBA champions visit the Toronto Raptors. The Heat are 0-2 away from ... Heat center Greg Oden doesn't make Toronto trip, keeps training in James scores 35, reaches double figures for 500th straight game as Heat beat ...Washington Post Recap: Toronto vs. MiamiKansas City Star all 383 news articles »
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Oden Has a Fragile Body but a Strengthened Spirit
NYTimes - over 3 years
The first overall pick by Portland in the 2007 draft, Greg Oden signed as a free agent for what feels like a last-chance comeback with the Miami Heat.     
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Greg Oden returns to court for first time since 2009
Bucyrus Telegraph Forum - over 3 years
For Greg Oden and his Miami Heat teammates, four minutes on an NBA court in a preseason game was cause for celebration.
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Greg Oden plays in first NBA game since 2009
USA Today - over 3 years
The former No. 1 pick makes his Miami Heat debut in the preseason.
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2013 NBA Eastern Conference Preview: Can The Heat Stay Hot?
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LeBron James and the Miami Heat are setting their sights on a third straight NBA championship, trying to become just the fifth franchise in league history to accomplish the feat (the Lakers did it in Minneapolis and in Los Angeles). Of course, any discussion of the Heat must address the questions about James' supporting cast: Is Dwyane Wade healthy? How reliable is Chris Bosh? And this season the Heat will compete against a considerably more talented cadre of teams in the East: Chicago, with a healthy Derrick Rose; Indiana, with a healthy Danny Granger and another year of experience; the "upgraded" Brooklyn Nets; and Carmelo Anthony's New York Knicks. With the season less than a week away, here are some of the key story-lines in the Eastern Conference. 1) Heat Three-Peat? Miami signed former No. 1 pick Greg Oden in the hope that he can be a shot blocker against the Eastern Conference's elite bigs (assuming he can stay healthy). But perhaps the biggest question mark for the Heat is ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Greg Oden
  • 2016
    On April 12, 2016, Oden was hired by the Ohio State Buckeyes men's basketball team to be the student manager for the team while he goes back to finish his degree at the college.
    More Details Hide Details Despite becoming a manager at the school, Oden is reportedly still waiting to be offered a contract by any basketball team overseas in order to continue his basketball career.
    On February 1, 2016, he parted ways with Jiangsu.
    More Details Hide Details In 25 games for the club, he averaged 13. points, 12.6 rebounds and 2. blocks per game. Oden's younger brother, Anthony, played as an offensive lineman for the Arkansas Razorbacks until he was dismissed from the program in 2011. Anthony then transferred to Lamar University.
    He told the media that he was attempting an NBA comeback with plans to return to the league for the 2016–17 season.
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  • 2015
    He pled guilty in 2015 to battery with moderate bodily injury, and the other three charges were dropped.
    More Details Hide Details He was put on probation and ordered to pay a fine and attend counseling.
    On August 26, 2015, Oden signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract with the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association.
    More Details Hide Details On December 9, he recorded a season-high 22 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Shandong.
    In June 2015, Oden had work outs with the Charlotte Hornets and the Dallas Mavericks.
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  • 2014
    On August 11, 2014, Oden was charged with battery for allegedly punching his ex-girlfriend in the face on August 7 in Lawrence, Indiana.
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    On February 23, 2014, Oden made his first start since December 2009 in the Heat's 93–79 win over the Chicago Bulls.
    More Details Hide Details The Heat made the 2014 NBA Finals where they faced the San Antonio Spurs. They went on to lose the series in five games. In March 2015, Oden was reported to be working out with the Memphis Grizzlies, while he also returned to his alma mater, Ohio State, to undergo some "high-level training" with Thad Matta, the Ohio State basketball team coach. Matta stated that since September 2014, Oden had been working out with the other Ohio State coaches.
    On January 15, 2014, Oden made his long-awaited return to the court.
    More Details Hide Details In his first regular season game since December 2009, he recorded 6 points and 2 rebounds in 8 minutes of game time in a 114–97 loss to the Washington Wizards.
  • 2013
    On August 7, 2013, Oden signed a one-year deal with the Miami Heat.
    More Details Hide Details He played in his first NBA game since December 5, 2009 in a preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 23, 2013. He managed to score two points through a dunk attempt and grabbed two rebounds in four minutes of play.
    In January 2013, it was reported that several teams were interested in signing Oden for the 2013–14 season.
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  • 2012
    In May 2012, Oden announced his intention to sit out the 2012–13 season to focus on rehabbing his injuries.
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    On March 15, 2012, Oden was waived by the Trail Blazers to create room on the roster for trade acquisitions.
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    On February 20, 2012, Oden was scheduled for a procedure on his left knee similar to the procedure he underwent 17 days earlier.
    More Details Hide Details However, during the operation, further damage to the articular cartilage was discovered, and Oden underwent his third micro-fracture surgery.
    On February 3, 2012, Oden underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
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  • 2011
    On December 9, 2011, the Trail Blazers announced that Oden had suffered an unspecified "setback" that left them less optimistic about his ability to play in the 2011–2012 season.
    More Details Hide Details Rather than signing an 8.9-million-dollar qualifying offer, Oden and the team negotiated a different offer.
  • 2010
    On November 17, 2010, the team announced that Oden would have microfracture surgery on his left knee, ending his 2010–2011 season.
    More Details Hide Details The injury marked Oden's third NBA season cut short due to a knee injury.
  • 2009
    On December 5, 2009, Oden injured his left knee in the first quarter of a game.
    More Details Hide Details He was taken off the court on two connected stretchers. Later, he underwent surgery for a fractured left patella and missed the rest of the season. That injury marked the second time Oden had missed major playing time due to injury.
    On November 23, 2009, Oden matched his career-high for points in a game again with 24.
    More Details Hide Details He set a new career-high for rebounds in a game with 20 on December 1.
    On February 13, 2009, he injured his left knee in a game against the Golden State Warriors, by bumping knees with opponent Corey Maggette, and missed three weeks due to a chipped knee cap.
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    On January 19, 2009, Oden had a career-high 24 points while also grabbing 15 rebounds in a 102–85 win against the Milwaukee Bucks.
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  • 2008
    He returned on November 12, 2008, after missing two weeks, and scored his first NBA points in the first quarter against the Miami Heat.
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    Entering the 2008–09 season, he was listed at, but according to Blazers' trainer Jay Jensen he weighed about in July.
    More Details Hide Details Oden left his NBA debut with a foot injury after playing thirteen scoreless minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers.
    He recovered and made his NBA debut on opening night 2008.
    More Details Hide Details On March 15, 2012, he was waived from the Trail Blazers after a long history of injuries. He signed with the Miami Heat on August 7, 2013, more than three years after last appearing in an NBA game. Oden was born in Buffalo, New York, and moved with his family to Terre Haute, Indiana at the age of nine. He attended Sarah Scott Middle School in Terre Haute, where he first played interscholastic basketball. Oden then relocated with his mother and brother and attended Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, Indiana which he led to three consecutive Indiana Class 4A basketball championships before graduating in 2006.
  • 2007
    On June 28, 2007, Oden was selected first overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.
    More Details Hide Details He underwent microfracture surgery of the knee in September 2007, and missed the entire 2007–08 NBA season as a result.
    Although drafted in 2007, Oden was classified as a rookie for the 2008–09 season because of the knee injury.
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    On September 14, 2007, Oden had microfracture surgery on his ailing right knee.
    More Details Hide Details He missed the entire season. Oden's progress was recorded on the Trail Blazers' website and his blog.
    On June 28, 2007, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the #1 overall pick.
    More Details Hide Details To begin his Trail Blazers career, Oden chose the uniform number 52. On July 1, before his first NBA practice, Oden was signed to a contract which provided for two guaranteed seasons and team options for third and fourth seasons.
    On April 20, 2007, Oden announced that he would be entering the 2007 NBA draft.
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    In the Sweet Sixteen, Oden blocked a potential game-winning shot in the final seconds against Tennessee to preserve an 85–84 victory, and went on to lead Ohio State past Memphis and Georgetown to advance to the 2007 National Championship.
    More Details Hide Details In the title game, Oden scored 25 points, and had 12 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in a losing effort against the Florida Gators. Oden alongside, Kevin Durant, Arron Afflalo, Alando Tucker and Acie Law were named to the Associated Press All-American Team. Oden and Durant were the first freshmen voted to the All-American First Team since 1990, and the third and fourth overall. Throughout his high school and college career, Oden never lost a home game.
    On March 6, 2007, Oden was named First Team All-Big Ten as well being voted the conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Oden fouled out for the first time in his college career against Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, and was bothered by foul trouble throughout the tournament.
    The Big Ten honored Oden as Player of the Week, along with Wisconsin's Alando Tucker, on January 29, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details In the previous week, he had averaged 18 points and 11.5 rebounds.
  • 2006
    He made his college debut on December 2, 2006, against Valparaiso, coming off the bench.
    More Details Hide Details He finished the game with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. In December of that year, Steve Kerr described him as a "once-in-a-decade player".
    As a result, he sat on the Ohio State bench during the beginning of the 2006–07 season, during which the Buckeyes were ranked as high as #1 before losing to North Carolina.
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    Oden had surgery on his right wrist on June 16, 2006, in Indianapolis to repair a ligament injury that occurred late in his senior high school season.
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    Oden was named the 2006 Indiana Mr. Basketball.
    More Details Hide Details He was also on the McDonald's All-American Team and played in the All-American game, and earned first-team Parade All-American honors for the second straight year. On June 29, 2005, Oden and Lawrence North teammate Mike Conley, Jr. announced that they would be attending Ohio State University starting with the 2006–07 season.
    He repeated as Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2006.
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  • 2005
    He was named Parade's High School Co-Player of the Year 2005 (along with Monta Ellis) and 2005 National Boys Basketball Player of the Year.
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  • 1988
    Born on January 22, 1988.
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