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Greg Oden admits he is a long way from returning

Mar 15, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

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Greg Oden is going to make another run at it.

Say what you want about him, it’s not lack of effort in rehab that has kept him off the court. But in a video interview at Blazers.com (via Eye on Basketball) Oden admitted that he is a long way from being back on the court right now.

“I’m nowhere near there. I mean I just started doing two-leg squats like two weeks ago. I’ve got like a month and a half of just doing that. Putting weight on one leg, that’s all I can really do right now.”

Oden will be one of the more interesting cases once the free agency period opens (after the lockout and in whatever form it exists under a new collective bargaining agreement). He is a restricted free agent now, meaning any team can make an offer but the Trail Blazers have the right to match.

On paper, and when he has played, he is what a lot of teams need — a strong rebounding, shot blocking, good defensive presence in the paint who doesn’t shoot a lot but when he does shoots a high percentage. The problem is that after being the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 he has played just 82 games due to injury.

Quality big men are at such a premium that somebody is going to offer him a contract, although it will not be long and may be heavy on incentives.

Oden is not thinking about that, saying right now his lone goal is to get healthy.

  1. loungefly74 - Mar 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    its a shame about Oden. the league desperately needs big men like him.

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM

      I wish he would’ve came out like Blake Griffin after his initial injury and just completely beasted it. Hopefully he doesn’t have Yao Ming Syndrome.

    • denverhoopdreams - Mar 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM

      I wish he would’ve came out like Blake Griffin after his initial injury and just completely beasted it. Hopefully he doesn’t have Yao Ming Syndrome.

  2. bigtrav425 - Mar 15, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Needs to just keep thinking about Big Z and his foot issues.Missed 2 yrs more or less and came back solid! Greg is still young enough that he has time to come back and have a very solid NBA career

  3. 1historian - Mar 15, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    This is really sad. I remember the year he was numero uno and Portland got the rights in the lottery and they were ecstatic.

  4. henryd3rd - Mar 15, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Portland must be snake bit. In 1984 they pick Sam bowie with the second pick over Micheal Jordan and Bowie was an often injured for much of his short NBA career. Can you imagine how things may have turned out had they picked MJ?

    In 2007 They pick Greg Oden over Kevin Durant and who knows whether history is repeating itself?

    Sad!

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