"Man, he looks unbelievable."

May 17, 2013 at 9:54a    by Ramzy Nasrallah    
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We'd love nothing more than to see Greg Oden running the hardwood. Preferably in Cleveland.

Oden has been working out in Indianapolis in an attempt to get back to the league despite having already had five knee surgeries.

"Man, (Oden) looks unbelievable," (Thomas) said at the draft combine. "He's running. He's lifting weights. You might be seeing a comeback. He looks like he's ready to go. He's running, getting in shape. I'll tell you one thing. For a big 7-footer that's all he does, running and getting in shape. He's looking right." 

Despite looking...older...Oden is only 25 years old.


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rdubs's picture

I could not be rooting harder for a guy to make a comeback.  Stories like Clarett are exciting too, when they turn their lives around.  But Oden didn't throw his career away, he had it taken away by injury.  I would love to see him make it back, maybe if the Cavs can somehow convince Lebron to come back and add Oden with Kyrie already there.  That could be a nice team.

Joe4's picture

I couldn't agree more about Oden.  In fact, I am so hopeful for his success that I would even forgive him for going to Miami, which seems very possible. 

Vabuck213's picture

Shoot forget lebron. Add Oden, draft Otto porter, move Varejao to the 4 and you've got a nice young starting lineup with Kyrie and Dion

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Varejao staying healthy would be nice.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

tdible2132's picture

Couldn't agree more RDUBS.  I've always rooted for Greg as he is a great dude.  People forget he's only 25 and if he can somehow get his body right then he may indeed have a shot at being an NBA player again.  I really hope he gets that chance, because if anyone deserves it, it's Greg.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

The league would be so much better if Bynum, Oden, and Yao had stayed healthy.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

IBleedSandG's picture

Greg deserves another shot after all the ish he's been through. It would be dope if he went t Cleveland (the only NBA team I remotely follow).

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

Mark's picture

I would absolutely love the Cavs take a flyer on him.  Especially since they've had issues with Varejao and his injury woes.

Unky Buck's picture

I hope his comeback is successful and I know I'll be rooting for him wherever he goes...even if it's Miami or LA. I hope he tears it up on the comeback trail!

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RedStorm45's picture

Get him with Conley again.  Move Randolph or Gasol to make space, or more likely bring him in as a backup.

Hovenaut's picture

Good luck to the big guy, it'd be great to see him come back.

"Success - it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

RedStorm45's picture

Found this tidbit from a Thomas article/interview (I believe the same one he gave re: Oden):
 
"If the San Antonio Spurs choose Deshaun Thomas in next month’s NBA draft, they might have a hard time reaching him to tell him. That’s because when the Spurs asked the former Ohio State star for his phone number Wednesday night, he refused to give it to them.
Thomas said teams asked him plenty of difficult and interesting questions during his interview process at the combine. But the most interesting, he said, was the fact the Spurs’ first question was for his cell phone number and his e-mail address. He gave them the e-mail, but not the phone number."
Uh, not sure if this is a bad sign or what.  Does he think NBA teams are going to flood his phone with calls or something?  Anyone have any insight?

OldColumbusTown's picture

http://www.ohio.com/news/break-news/former-ohio-state-star-deshaun-thomas-refuses-to-give-nba-team-his-phone-number-at-combine-1.398278
Here's the full article from the Akron Beacon.  Key quote from Thomas:
"I can't go around giving it out to everyone," Thomas said Thursday with a laugh.  "Now if they want to draft me, I'd be happy to give it to them."

RedStorm45's picture

If my potential future employer (where it's been a dream of mine to play/work - NBA), then I give them the number.  It's really puzzling to me why he wouldn't give them something as simple as his phone number.

cal3713's picture

Probably because his agent told Thomas to funnel all communications through him.  E-mail can be discussed with an agent prior to responding, phone calls cannot.

rdubs's picture

I guess, but you can also just listen to what they have to say and then tell them you'll have to get back to them after discussing it with your agent.  Also it's not like they will be trying to work out a deal before the draft.  Seems like a no brainer to just give out your number to all the teams.  I am a little surprised there isn't like a registry or something that you can just put your info on a list that is sent only to the teams.

Maestro's picture

Goden !!

vacuuming sucks

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Love for the Bulls to take a chance on him. Nazr Mohammed, when he wasn't stupidly pushing Lebron, was getting PT and good feedback from Thibs and Oden is vastly better on both ends of the floor. Thinking that one good workout in front of scouts will get some interest flowing.

jestertcf's picture

go to 1:30 LOL

~Because we couldn't go for three~

tdible2132's picture

"And I want two slow dances with John McCain's wife"  Haha classic. 

Citrus's picture

Ran into Greg a couple of times in clubs and what not. Struck me that he was exceedingly polite. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

He always seemed that way.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.