Titus On Oden's Decision To Sign With Miami

By Johnny Ginter on August 3, 2013 at 9:29a

Obviously, we're all pulling for Greg. He's an extremely likeable guy who gave Ohio State an incredible year of his life before having to deal with some pretty crappy life circumstances. Now that he has the opportunity to come back and play in the NBA, longtime friend Mark Titus has this to say about his buddy making a go of it in South Beach:

...I’m optimistic about Oden's comeback because he’ll play for the Miami Heat — a team that’s a perfect fit. Because he’ll share a court with the most star-studded team in basketball, he’ll likely never be more than the fourth offensive option, meaning his role will basically be to do the three things he has excelled at his entire career: block shots, rebound, and finish at the rim. The Heat have proven that they can win a championship without Oden, so he won't be under much pressure to lead Miami to a new level. This means that he will be able to play as many minutes as he’s comfortable playing and even sit out a few games if his body reminds him that he had three microfracture surgeries in five years.

These are all pretty good points, and personnel wise I agree that Miami is the better fit. If I were in Greg's (gigantic) shoes, I probably would've chosen San Antonio just for Pops alone, but it's really hard to argue against getting a chance to play with the best basketball player on the planet. As Oden puts it:

"The cool thing about playing for the Heat is when you’re LeBron’s teammate and you screw up, nobody gets mad at you for missing a shot or turning the ball over — they get mad at LeBron for passing to you in the first place,"

Dammit I love that guy.


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BKLYN_Buckeye's picture

Great quote by Oden. I agree, despite my hatred for that team, the Heat was the best fit for him. 

buckeye_heart's picture

I agree that quote from Oden was hilarious because it is so true. Maybe Oden will follow Lebron back to the Cavs soon...fingers crossed.

Baroclinicity's picture

Stellar quote. Stay strong, knees!!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

skid21's picture

I really enjoyed hating the Heat. Greg just ruined that for me.

buckeyestu's picture

Even though i am a cleveland fan, i do root for miami, and now i have even more reason to be a heat fan. Greg Oden is one of my favorite buckeye basketball players. Lebron and Oden, two of my favorite players ever.

1967Buck's picture

 I hope for the best for Mr Oden. Go Bucks.

Deadly Nuts's picture

Could that be the quote of the year???


steensn's picture

How can it be anything less?

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Has to be. It's both funny and true.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

I'll be rooting for Greg, but did it have to be Miami...just saying...

gobucks96's picture

I hope everything works out well for him. He has worked extremely hard, that's such a positive thing to see these days..

ChazBuckeye's picture

This is perfect, and unlike many here, I like LeBron and the Heat. Why hate on a team that will own the East.  Kind of like OSU will own the Leaders division and win the B1G more years than not.  Oden now gets a chance to do what he does best and for a front runner for the NBA three peat.  I love it!

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Wish Greg the best.  After the ride that guy has been on the last few years I hope he gets a ring.  What I'm also hoping for is to see Titus doing Titus things behind the Miami bench next season. 

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

Haybucks's picture

That would be cool to see Titus behind the bench.  Hell, maybe they'll let him sit on the bench and resume his gametime antics!  
It's been said on national TV that Oden will be replacing Juwan Antonio Howard as a bench warmer collecting championship rings.  I don't buy it.  Howard was at the end of his career, healthy or not while Oden is trying to be useful.  I love this kid and wish him and James the best and both to stay healthy.  I hope the both retire as Cavs.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain