Why is Greg Oden so anxious to play basketball?

Potential superstar center Greg Oden has reportedly been practicing in local gyms, much to the chagrin of his coaches and teammates.   Someone from the gym posted details on the Internet - oops!  Greg has insisted that he only did light running and some jump shooting, but come on... you have an entire city resting on your shoulders dude; don't F it up.

Portland coach Nate McMillan simply stated, "you can't do that stuff".  There's not much more to add to it, but when you have that much money on the table and a kid with that much potential, you don't want him jeopardizing his health for a stupid pickup game.

Oden has been practicing with the Trailblazers on a pretty limited basis and is expected to be a starter next year.  With Brandon Roy's recent injury, worrying about Greg Oden's health status is probably the last thing Portland management needs.

Published Friday, March 28, 2008 11:59 AM by chowell

Comments

Friday, March 28, 2008 9:43 PM by Eric

# re: Why is Greg Oden so anxious to play basketball?

Yea maybe he just is addicted to playing basketball and can't stand not being able to play.Think about it , he's the type of guy that played basketball everyday for about 12 years or more.Now he's got all these guys worrying about his health and telling him he has to stay inside a bubble like bubble boy haha.
Friday, March 28, 2008 11:42 PM by chowell

# re: Why is Greg Oden so anxious to play basketball?

Eric, you're absolutely right.  When I was his age, I wanted to play ball 24/7.

Unfortunately, he signed a contract and has an obligation to the team.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 12:28 AM by Scott Mitchell

# re: Why is Greg Oden so anxious to play basketball?

Ah, to be 19 (or 20) and feel invincible. Ah, I miss those days.