Greg Oden’s Career Likely Over Following Arrest

By Robert Reidell
Greg Oden’s Career Likely Over Following Arrest
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It was reported early Thursday morning that former No. 1 overall draft pick and current NBA free agent Greg Oden has been arrested. Oden was arrested on battery charges for allegedly punching a woman.

It has been a long and difficult road for the former Ohio State standout. After being selecting No. 1 overall by the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2007 NBA Draft, Oden began having issues with injuries. Following two injury-ridden seasons in Portland, Oden did not play in the NBA for three seasons.

In an attempt to make a comeback, Oden signed with the Miami Heat in 2013. He averaged 2.9 points per game in 23 appearances this past season. After a relatively unsuccessful comeback attempt with the Heat, Oden became a free agent this offseason.

Oden already had been drawing little interest from teams around the league, but his recent arrest should officially end his NBA career. Teams were already opposed to signing an injury-prone, ineffective player and adding a recent arrest to his resume should diminish interest even further.

Oden had so much potential coming out of college, but he was never able to get on track due to a number of lengthy injuries. To make matters worse, Kevin Durant was selected with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft class. As a result, many consider Oden to be one of the biggest busts in NBA history.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver will likely take physical abuse against women more seriously than the NFL did in the Ray Rice scandal, effectively ending what was a once promising career for Oden.

Robert Reidell is a Contributing Writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+

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