Nine years ago, Greg Oden had entered the league as a promising NBA prospect with the Portland Trail Blazers. However, significant knee injuries quickly derailed that as he saw everything go south with persistent ailments preventing him from ever fulfilling his massive potential. In light of that, Oden has shot down the chances of an NBA Comeback in a recent interview with The Indy Star.
“I wish. It’s over. I wouldn’t say I regret anything. I would say I just wish I did things better. I’m like, 10 years later, I’m back in line. I definitely feel like an old man.”
Oden last played in the NBA during the 2013-14 season with the Miami Heat. He has picked up a gig as a student coach for the Ohio State basketball team under his former head coach Thad Matta. Now 28 years old, Oden is hoping to find a new sense of direction with his life after his professional basketball career.
He had experienced some off-the-court issues being involved with a battery case with his former girlfriend in 2014 that he reached a plea deal. It has been a whirlwind for Oden over the years with an effort to keep his NBA dream alive, but now he has focused on finding his niche in life elswhere. All in all, Oden’s a perfect example of another NBA career that has been derailed by injuries leaving many wondering what could have been.