Once upon a time, Greg Oden was viewed as one of the most promising prospects entering the NBA. However, injuries quickly derailed him from ever reaching his potential. In an interview with ESPN’s “Outside The Lines,” Oden made a huge proclamation about his NBA career.
“I’ll be remembered as the biggest bust in NBA history,” Oden said. “But I can’t do nothing about that.”
Although Oden has appeared to finally get some internal peace with how his career transpired, it doesn’t hide the fact that he fell well short of his potential. It was persistent knee injuries that tore away at his chance of ever staying on the court for long periods of time. This wasn’t due to a lack of trying on his end, but rather lack of any luck with his health.
However, what this underlines more is that the Portland Trail Blazers missed out on the opportunity to take Kevin Durant, who has become arguably the best player in the league behind LeBron James. The fate of their franchise would have taken an entirely different route. This will go down as one of the biggest ‘what if” scenarios of all time.