The 2022-23 NBA season is almost here, so it’s time to get your head in the game. Obviously, a new season means new players. From Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic to Jabari Smith Jr. of the Houston Rockets, the rookie competition could lead to the rise of a once-in-a-generation talent.
What happened to Greg Oden, who was one of the best athletes of his generation? Here is what we know about the NBA star who used to play.
What Happened To Greg Oden?
Before he started playing basketball professionally, Greg was thought to be the next big thing. He was supposed to be the next big star, but he got hurt a lot and had to give up his dream just nine years later. Greg has gotten some great jobs since he stopped playing basketball for good.
In April 2016, his old school, Ohio State University, hired him as the student manager for the men’s basketball team while he finished his degree. He got his bachelor’s degree in the sports industry in 2019, and that same year, Greg started working as an athlete advisor for Edyoucore Sports & Entertainment.
He is the director of basketball operations at Butler University right now.
Greg Said That Because of His Injuries, He Was “The Biggest Bust in The History of The NBA!”
Greg was so good in high school that college coaches and recruiters came from all over the country to watch him play. The 7-footer eventually signed with Ohio State University, where he played for only one season. Even so, Greg helped the team win the Big Ten tournament in 2007 and led them to the championship game of the NCAA tournament.
Greg’s college career was short, so he entered the 2007 NBA Draft. The Portland Trail Blazers picked him with the first overall pick, and he was expected to be their star player. Things didn’t turn out that way, though.
He had microfracture surgery on his knee in September 2007, which ended the season. As a result, he missed the whole 2007-08 NBA season. Greg came back the next year, but he missed a lot of the season because of knee pain and a foot injury.
Greg hurt his left knee on December 5, 2009, and had surgery to fix a broken patella, or kneecap, which ended his season. In November 2010, he had another microfracture surgery on his left knee, which ended his 2010–11 NBA season.
In February 2012, following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, the Trail Blazers chose to dismiss him to make room on their roster. He soon signed a one-year deal with the Miami Heat, and after the 2014 NBA Finals, he left the league for good.
Greg Oden wasn’t a bust. Greg Oden’s body didn’t hold up. https://t.co/tJEoZ1ePpP
— The Anonymous Nobody (@el_budget) July 6, 2020
The 34-year-old New Yorker appeared on Outside the Lines in November 2016 and called himself “The Biggest Bust in NBA History.” Greg said that’s probably how his fans will remember him, and he “can’t do nothing” about it.
Many people came out in support of Greg, including Kevin Durant, who said that the comments about his bust were “Nonsense.”
“That’s not right. To be a bust, you have to actually play and show that you have improved as a player “On November 13, 2016, the 12-time NBA All-Star told EPSN. “He didn’t have a chance. He hurt himself, which was too bad. But when he played, he was a force. Keeping the paint safe.”