Greg Oden Appears In First NBA Game Since 2009

October 23, 2013 at 9:46p    by DJ Byrnes    
51 Comments

Not bad, young Greg.

We are, however, torn between wanting Greg Oden to be healthy and the Heat having a healthy Greg Oden.


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SilverState's picture

Such a sweet moment for him...regardless of where you stand with the Heat.

mmontell's picture

Can't root for the Heat, but love Oden's determination to come back and play. Great moment for Greg.

-MM

Oakland Buckeye's picture

Not even remotely torn - and I would venture 80% of fanbase isn't torn either. Lebron is an Ohio boy, recruiting athletes to TOSU - endorsing this program... Anyone still torn needs to move on.

unholy bucknut's picture

I'm just glad he got a chance to come back. I loved watching Oden and Conley put it down in the S&G. They were a potent duo for sure.

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Indeed but don't forget Cook. He could shoot the rock.

unholy bucknut's picture

Hell yeah he could how could I forget.

Poison nuts's picture

Seeing how I love the Heat (sorry folks - I've loved em since the first day they were a thing) this is huge for me. I'm hoping that he has his chance to finally become the star he should/could be. I'll be headed to Miami to take in as many games as I possibly can this year.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

gwalther's picture

So since the Rony Seikaly pick in the first round of 1988 draft? Major props man. That was the first year of the Heat franchise. Most people just hopped on the bandwagon after LBJ signed.
You are referring to the 88 draft, right?

Class of 2008

Deadly Nuts's picture

Comeback POY?

LEBRON

vitaminB's picture

I'm assuming my boy D-Rose has that locked up.  I wish Greg all the best this year, unless we meet him in the finals. 

kareemabduljacobb's picture

I'm assuming you're a Bulls fan so it won't be the finals as they're both Eastern conference.

vitaminB's picture

I'm clear on how the NBA playoff system works.  Thanks.  Clearly I meant the Conference Finals.  But thanks for the education.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Good, good but unfortunately my boy LBJ will send D Rose packin' like he always does when they match up in the playoffs.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Yep. He'll flop his way past the Bulls again.

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

Deadly Nuts's picture

He could also hit them up with multiple triple-doubles like the last few years.

LEBRON

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

That's usually not enough to beat Chicago. I guess that's why he resorts to flopping.

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

Squirrel Master's picture

I agree Lebron flops, but I hope you are not arguing about that Nazr Mohammad push? That was such a blatant shove. You don't want Lebron to flop, don't push him like that.
and arguing the guy flops as the reason they beat the Bulls is such a lame excuse. He doesn't flop every play, so what happened the rest of the games the Bulls lost? They lost, get over it!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Because that was the only time LeBron has ever flopped.

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

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Eh, I'm assuming he'll resort to dominating them like usual and making D Rose go M.I.A when he guards him.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

You mean the little spurts where Miami fans act as if he guarded him the entire game? :/

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

kareemabduljacobb's picture

That's why I said when he guards him. In the 4th when it matters, although letting him toss up brick after brick works too. But I love D Rose.

rdubs's picture

Since I don't care much for professional sports I am the biggest fair weather fan.  I just cheer for players/teams I like, so I'll probably root for the Lebron, Mario (big KU fan too thanks to family), Oden show to win another.  Especially if Greg stays healthy.  I hate that people refer to him as a bust because I always feel like that means he wasn't good enough.  And that isn't the case, just not healthy enough.

Teddy_2Step_Ginn's picture

So happy to see him out there again. Stay healthy big guy.

FitzBuck's picture

I hope Greg makes the people that called him Mr Glass eat shit.  He's a good person, good player and unlucky injuries that were out of his control are not something he should be criticized for.  
Keep working hard big man.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

theOSUdug's picture

Every SINGLE time I hear his name, I think of the posterization he did on our national championship run.  

ScarletGrayFire's picture

Another angle of Oden's Spiderman move.  Lighty's face and the the bench are priceless!

jeremytwoface's picture

I just wish he would have made the dunk.....

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

gwalther's picture

True - but wasnt he fouled?

Class of 2008

niblick's picture

if that dunk had actually gone in, we'd STILL be seeing highlites of it on sportscenter

sivaDavis's picture

If the Heat can get a healthy Greg Oden, hell, even 50 games plus playoffs.....just forget it. They WILL 3-peat.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

That reminds me of Bama fans saying no one has a shot this year.

Might as well just cancel the season.

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

sivaDavis's picture

Yeah, Bama fans said that the past 2 years as well. Maybe they are on to something?

Anyway I don't like the Heat, I'm just telling you. Sometimes you have to throw away that LeBron hate, and realize that they are the Alabama, I guess, of the NBA. The West is slowly falling apart. So you better hope the Pacers or Nets can beat them... or if DRose can stay healthy.

 

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

sivaDavis's picture

Also, you might want to read my first comment again and check the "If" at the beginning. It's a big if is GO's health is involved.

"I've had smarter people around me all my life, but I haven't run into one yet that can outwork me. And if they can't outwork you, then smarts aren't going to do them much good." - Woody Hayes

mh277907's picture

Well, I never thought I would have a reason to root for Miami but watching this nearly brought tears to my eyes. He seems like such a humble, all-around good person and to remain that way through all of the hate and vitriol stemming from something beyond his control is truly amazing. Good Luck GO!!!
 
P.S. - if the whole Bynum thing doesn't work out and Oden tears it up in Miami, I may never watch NBA basketball ever again.

buckeyebobcat

Squirrel Master's picture

It is a shame Cleveland didn't even try to fight for him. Too bad.
Kid is a monster! It sucks he can't rise like he did back in college, that is what made him elite, but he is still a monster around the rim and can play the game.
I will say this, a healthy Oden will dominate Noah and Roy Hibbert. He already did that in college against Noah. Those guys are tough but Oden is bigger and tougher.
I hope Miami 3 peats just for him, sorry! I hope he comes out and becomes the 2nd best player on that team and basically make Bosh replaceable! I can see a healthy Oden and Lebron with Wade go on a streak.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

It is a shame Cleveland didn't even try to fight for him. Too bad.

Yeah, but if Bynum is healthy, he is a better player.

He already did that in college against Noah.

That was 6 years ago. I hate to break it to you, but Noah is a much better player now than he was at UF.

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

SPreston2001's picture

Yeah and Roy Hibbert is MUCH MUCH improved from the player he was in college! Hibbert is easily a top 10 big man maybe even top 5....

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

After that playoff run, top 3 isn't out of the question.

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

Lawver_5's picture

But he is saying a HEALTHY Oden. I think most of us can agree when he was healthy he was pretty close to unstoppable on both ends of the court when he wanted to be. Obviously going his knees didn't help him out, but it's definitely saying something that he was drafted before Kevin Durant

Squirrel Master's picture

Wait, did you just replace my "if Oden is healthy" with an "but if Bynum is healthy"? Come on!
and yes Bynum was a stud. I just think if Oden stays healthy, he will be able to do what Miami wasn't able to, push around Noah and Hibbert.

That was 6 years ago.

I'm pretty sure a healthy Oden is better now too. and seriously, 6 years ago it wasn't even close. Oden was throwing up a 20/20 and fouling out Noah, Horford and their backups. He owned the paint against them beyond "better now than back in UF". If Oden was healthy this whole time, it wouldn't have even been a debate, but I won't go back to what ifs. I'm saying right now, if Oden is NOW healthy, I think he will show Noah and Hibbert what a true center can do.
I would take my chances with Oden over Bynum. IF he gets healthy again, he is still a head case. I don't think Bynum ever had the ceiling Oden had too. Hence why Oden was picked above Kevin Durant and Bynum was the fill in to help keep Kobe in LA after Shaq was traded for Lamar Odom (and don't forget GP and Malone retired then too) and the team was in ruins.
but go ahead and enjoy Bynum, I'll enjoy watching Oden from The Ohio State!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Earle's picture

Sadly, I don't think we'll ever see a truly "healthy" Oden.  The best we can hope for is "healthy enough to get on the court for short stretches". 
Not that I have great hopes for Bynum, either.

Italics are for emphasis.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I'm pretty sure a healthy Oden is better now too.

Based on? He hasn't played in nearly 4 years.

6 years ago it wasn't even close. Oden was throwing up a 20/20 and fouling out Noah, Horford and their backups

He had 25/12, not 20/20.

Again, Noach is a better all around player now than he was 6 years ago.

I would take my chances with Oden over Bynum. IF he gets healthy again, he is still a head case. I don't think Bynum ever had the ceiling Oden had too.

A head case? How so?

I disagree that his ceiling is higher.

Hence why Oden was picked above Kevin Durant and Bynum was the fill in to help keep Kobe in LA after Shaq was traded for Lamar Odom (and don't forget GP and Malone retired then too) and the team was in ruins.

Gary Payton didn't retire. He was traded to Boston.

Had Bynum gone to UConn instead of going straight to the NBA('05 Draft), he might have gone higher in the Draft.

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

buckeyeEddie27's picture

LOVE that Dunk!  Like he tried to take out three years of frustration on the rim.  Go Greg! 

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

Posterchild's picture

He looks like he has added some weight. Good weight, that is. I think he is going to be a monster. Since I live in Miami, I may try to check out a few games this year if he ends up putting in some minutes.

Hovenaut's picture

Good for him, sounds like he's set to really contribute with the Heat.

simpson203's picture

Man, I love seeing this.  Nothing like watching a big man dominate a defender and throwing it down like a Grown A$$ Man.
Also it makes me sad because Amir plays like such a vagina and could be so much better.  Here's hoping he grew a set over the summer.

njclebuckeye5's picture

Lebron "Feel like a proud big brother!"
Look like one too

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

Lawver_5's picture

I might argue and say Oden looks like the order brother in this. Maybe by like 10-15 years haha

Dougger's picture

And to think just a year ago he was beating me in a beer drinking contest and hitting on girls at my brothers party on chittenden. GO GREG!!!

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