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Greg Oden’s agent says center still wants to try comeback

Apr 6, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

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It was accepted as conventional wisdom that after his third microfracture surgery earlier this year that Greg Oden was done. In the minds of most fans and team officials around the league he is done.

But not in his own mind.

That’s what Oden’s agent Chris Haynes told

“No he’s not retiring. The only way that would happen is if he was forced to and I don’t see that happening,” Conley said. “He’s dedicated to making sure he’s back on the court as soon as possible.”

Indiana and Miami have had some interest, according to the report. Right now Oden is back in his hometown in Indiana on crutches and will be starting he rehab to bounce back from yet another surgery. In for NBA seasons he played a total of 82 games and he hasn’t been on the court since 2009.

I hate to say it, but Oden is going to be forced to retire — teams may have curiosity but that is a long way from signing him and giving him minutes.

Oden’s is a sad tale, a good guy whose body betrayed him. And betrayed the Trail Blazers. But there comes a time when the comeback is not happening, and it sure feels like we are not only there we are past it.

  1. dsimp724 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I hear he has a future in the adult movie business lined up anyway

  2. fnc111 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Perfect case of why it’s smart to leave school early. Oden is set for life financially now. If he stayed a soph year this could’ve happened in college and he would end up like Maurice Clarett, dropping out of school and end up broke.

    • cbt22 - Apr 6, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      @fnc111 im not sure i understand the comment you made completely. You do know that Clarett was dismissed by the football team for excepting impermissible benefits and it had nothing to do with being injured. They are completely different situations.

    • therealhtj - Apr 7, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      I’m all for the guy pursuing his dreams (and another sucker to offer him a paycheck), but when you’ve had to have this much surgery on your legs at this young an age, it’s probably time to just hang it up.

      He seems like a nice, young, humble kid, and if he wasn’t foolish with his money should be fairly well set for life. I would’ve loved to see him pan out as a great center, but at this point he should just make sure he can walk in his old age.

  3. pbanach01 - Apr 6, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    So Oden’s agent is Conley sr. or Chris haynes? Come on now get it right. At first read I thought it was Mike Conley the current Memphis pg who said that, not his dad.

  4. rob0527 - Apr 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Why not try a comeback, at this point of his career he could be a servicable backup. He will never be able to play starters minutes, but can be quality backup.

    • zackd2 - Apr 6, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      Exactly. Why wouldn’t a team bring him for the minimum? Unless it prevents them from signing a legit back up who’s shown health.

  5. jcota1 - Apr 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    I’m a believer in u get out what u put in and this kid has heart. He’s tried but truly his body had other plans. Whatever he does I pray a special angel to watch over him in Jesus name!!!

  6. philtration - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    How can it be a “comeback” when he never “got there” in the first place?

  7. jebdamone - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    isn’t he still only like 24 years old? why can’t he make a comeback? he may still have 8-10 years of decent ball left in him.

  8. havlicekstoletheball - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    I would love to see this kid salvage a couple seasons, anyway. He worked hard, played hard, by all accounts isn’t an idiot….

    Those guys are in short supply in the NBA.

  9. numba1recx19 - Apr 7, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    He’s obvs gonna comeback, maybe have his skill, but has to take 4 weeks to restart. Then starts and tears through the NBA. I’m feelin a comeback. C’mon Oden, you can do it!

  10. illadelphiasphinest - Apr 7, 2012 at 4:05 AM

    Of course he does, hes an uneducated college dropout. Where else is he gonna get a job that pays him 100’s of thousands of dollers a year to sit on a bench n be hurt. You think McDonalds is gonna pay him to sit there injured………?

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