The Greg Oden story is a pretty sad one. After looking like he’d be the next big thing in the NBA after a one productive season at Ohio State, the center’s knees started to give out shortly into his pro career. His 61 games played during his rookie season are by far a career high. Since then, the big man has missed three full seasons and never played more than 23 games.
You hear the term ‘bust’ a lot in the media, but it’s not often that a player openly admits he’s one. That’s exactly what Oden did in a recent interview with Grantland. Here’s his answer to being asked about his legacy:
“I’m over all of that. I know I’m one of the biggest busts in NBA history and I know that it’ll only get worse as Kevin Durant continues doing big things…It’s frustrating that my body can’t do what my mind wants it to do sometimes. But worrying or complaining about it isn’t going to fix anything…I wish the circumstances would let me play more, but I certainly don’t regret coming back, and I don’t regret signing with the Heat.”
So there you have it. Oden fully admits he’s a huge bust. We all know he is, but it’s just sad when you hear it directly from him. You can feel bad for him, but at the same time, he’s made a fortune and is likely financially set for life.
As for whether his NBA career is over, we’ll have to wait and see. He’s done with the Heat this year and who knows if his knees have another season left in them.