Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Greg Oden wants to return to the NBA.
In all seriousness, you have to feel for Oden. Yes, the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft certainly isn’t hurting in the wallet, but it’s clear the former Ohio State Buckeye loves the game and wants nothing more than to set foot on an NBA court once again.
However, injury after injury derailed that prospect but according to Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas, a currently rehabilitating Oden looks “unbelievable”.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
“Man, he looks unbelievable,” Thomas said. “He’s down there working out. He’s running, lifting weights. You might be seeing a comeback. He looks like he’s ready to go. He’s running, getting in shape. I’ll tell you one thing. For a big 7-footer that’s all he does — running and getting in shape. He’s looking right.”
Not to discredit Deshaun Thomas at all, but, it’s not the first time we’ve heard that Oden has looked wonderful – still – you hope for Oden’s sake he’s finally overcome the injury bug and really does have a chance to make an impact in the NBA again.
There will undoubtedly be a team out there willing to take a gamble if Oden can show any sign of health.