It took longer than most expected, but rumors about Greg Oden‘s season ending prematurely are finally here.
After seeing a decent amount of action (by his standards) earlier this season (22 GP) with the Miami Heat, the latest buzz is that Oden is done for the year. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is on record as saying that he thinks Oden is out for the remainder of the regular season and the upcoming playoffs.
The big man has not played in eight consecutive games, and Windhorst blames his bad knees, a sore back and failing confidence.
This buzz shouldn’t be surprising to anyone who’s followed his career, as he’s never even came close to playing a whole season. Prior to this run with the Heat, Oden hadn’t stepped on an NBA court in three years.
You’d think that if he was part of Miami’s playoff plans, that he’d be getting a lot more playing time down the stretch. The fact that he’s been riding the pine at this point in the season really speaks volumes, because they really only signed him for this point in the season.
Oden was supposed to provide the Heat with some much-needed size down low in the playoffs and specifically against the much bigger Indiana Pacers.
So while nothing has officially been confirmed by the team, all signs are pointing to yet another year ending prematurely for the former No. 1 overall pick.
The conversation will now likely turn to whether Oden is done for good.