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Agent: Greg Oden underwent 'interventions'

Posted on: June 15, 2011 6:09 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2011 6:27 pm
Bill Duffy, president of BDA Sports, says Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden has undergone "interventions" to help deal with the mental strain ofgreg-oden being injured. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, has had trouble staying on the court, playing just 82 games in his four-year NBA career. Throughout the trials, which have involved multiple microfracture knee surgeries and a fractured patella, Oden has received support off the court.

Bill Duffy, president of BDA Sports, the agency that represents Oden, told Portland radio station 750 AM on Wednesday morning that the center has received professional help in dealing with the mental side of all the injuries. 

"Counseling, therapy, interventions, just to let him understand all the pressures, not to put too much pressure on himself," Duffy said. "Everybody needs that. Not just an athlete but someone to talk to and share your thoughts and your concerns and just get reassurance. If you do things the right way, stay patient, keep your eye on the prize, you'll be fine."

In 2009, Oden revealed to Yahoo! Sports that he had visited a sports psychologist, however there has been no previous talk of interventions publicly. 

Reached by telephone Wednesday, Portland Trail Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan, newly installed after Blazers owner Paul Allen fired previous GM Rich Cho in May, told that he personally had not been a part of an intervention with Oden but refused to divulge any additional information.

"I'd rather not confirm or deny any of that," Buchanan said. "I was not involved with it. I couldn't tell you either way."  

In September 2010, The Oregonian reported that Oden had stopped drinking and going out to clubs. "My first year (2007) was probably my worst," Oden told the paper. "But after that, I definitely cut back. I never thought that I had a problem or anything. I actually stopped last season." 

Asked whether Oden's interventions were to express support for him or whether they were specifically related to drinking or substance abuse, Buchanan again refused to comment. 

"That's something I'd rather not comment on," Buchanan said. "Greg has been great for us and anything that took place along those lines is between Greg and his people. Greg has been awesome for us."

Oden is currently rehabilitating from microfracture surgery in November 2010. Microfracture surgery generally carries a 12 month recovery time period.

"You proceed with caution," Duffy told 750 AM. "We don't want to come back too soon. We're not going to even challenge it until we get to that 12 month threshold. If it were December or November or January we just can't afford any more slip ups. We'll wait until we get full clearance and then probably err on the side of caution, maybe a month or so after that."

Buchanan's timeline was slightly more optimistic -- sometime between October and December -- but he said the Blazers, who must issue a qualifying offer to Oden before June 30 to make him a restricted free agent, would work with Oden, his representatives and the medical experts to establish an appropriate timeline for his return.
"We'll work together collectively, Greg and the doctors and us," Buchanan said. "We're still a little ways out. It's hard to put a timeline on it other than what you can go by historically from a player recovering from a microfracture. We're going to be supportive of Greg making sure he feels 100% comfortable to get back on the court. We're going to rely on what both Greg and what the doctors tell us. We want to make sure that he's in the right mindset as well as the right physical condition to get him back on the court. We're going to wait until all the conditions are right for him to get out there and play again."

Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: June 16, 2011 5:22 pm

Agent: Greg Oden underwent 'interventions'

The Greg Oden story will not hapve a happy ending by the looks of it. Seems like a real good kid with a good head on his shoulders, can't say that for a lot of these guys. Never liked hearing bad things about guys like Oden.

Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 5:19 pm

Agent: Greg Oden underwent 'interventions'

  It's a shame about Oden. I always had an idea that he was going to be something very very special in the pros. Like a Bill Russell.
Maybe he'll come back and find some stability playing basketball.

Since: Jun 23, 2010
Posted on: June 16, 2011 5:18 pm

Agent: Greg Oden underwent 'interventions'

Baze, don't forget about Walton. At least Aldridge has worked out so far. 

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 2:53 pm

Agent: Greg Oden underwent 'interventions'

I think that now may be a good time to cut our losses. They may just offer a qualifying offer so they can do a sign and trade or something along those lines. I'm sure they wont let him go for free if he has anything left. Another wasted hi 1st round pick by the Blazers.

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2011 2:20 pm

Agent: Greg Oden underwent 'interventions'

Still not as bad as Joey D passing on Melo and D-Wade and selecting Darko. But close! 

Since: Aug 6, 2007
Posted on: June 16, 2011 2:09 pm

Agent: Greg Oden underwent 'interventions'

Olajuwon actually went first in the '84 draft, so the Blazers only missed out on Jordan. Of course, that still ranks as the most egregious "only" of all time....

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:53 pm

Agent: Greg Oden underwent 'interventions'

Man, the when the Blazers draft big men with the No.1 pick, look out!  First Bowie, now Oden.. and they missed out on... of course jordan, olajuwon, and now durant.  What a stupid franchise. 

Since: Apr 10, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:37 pm

Agent: Greg Oden underwent 'interventions'

Maybe the baby would feel better if baby gave back some of the money he has not earned???? Just a thought.....

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2011 1:16 pm

Agent: Greg Oden underwent 'interventions'

noles, completely different draft.  oden and bargnani both went #1 overall in seperate drafts

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: June 16, 2011 11:50 am

Agent: Greg Oden underwent 'interventions'

the truth is, the percentage of bankruptcy among former 1st rounders is astounding. Like 60-70%. He may not have been very kind in calling them out, but he was right. They

Yeah, I'm not a big fan of pulling random percentages out of my ass and using nebulous descriptors such as "they" to describe a group I couldn't possibly be intimately familiar with....but you go ahead.

I won't disagree that there are examples of young talent who apparently mismanage their money.  I use the word "apparently" because neither you or I personally know any of them, but rather rely on what is reported about them to be mostly truthful.  But for you and others to make the assumption that "most" or "a lot" of athletes are uneducated money hors just because you've read a few dozen stories (if that) of failure is illogical.  It's no different than someone having a dozen bad experiences with persons of a particular race, and then branding "all" or "most" people of that race as being a certain way.  That's just lazy thinking.

Unless you have had a personal relationship with every 1st rounder to have ever played the game, it's a smarter and safer assumption to say that there are likely equal examples of both great success and great failure.  I know if feels good to tear others down who have more skills or possessions than you, but let's try to be smart.

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