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Tough times for Oden - people think he's LeBron

Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:16 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 2:17 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Not that you should expect anything better from a TMZ reporter stalking athletes and celebrities, but this one thought -- for some reason -- that Greg Oden was LeBron James.

Oden, who has always had one of the most underrated senses of humor around, played the whole thing magnificently. When he was asked if he was a "baller," Oden shook his head and said, "No, I tried, but I'm not any good at it." Please hold all Greg Oden surgery jokes for later. Though Blazer fans all probably just took a shot when Oden said that.

Not the best time to be mistaken for LeBron either. With all the criticism and backlash laid on him after this season and the finals, being Greg Oden might've actually been a little better this time.


Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:13 am

Tough times for Oden - people think he's LeBron

Maybe Oden can go back to Ohio State.  Does he have any eligibility left?

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 5:09 am

Tough times for Oden - people think he's LeBron

I really feel bad for this kid.  Oden thought he was going to go pro, turn into a millionaire, and be a solid, if not, all-star professional.  Now, he has no team.  I think this kid, with the size he has, can get it back and become a solid pro similar to Sam Bowie and Bill Walton.  Maybe not as good as either in college, but he could be quite good and I root for him.  Yes, he does look like LeBron

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 3:00 am

Oden was, now LeBron is . . . .

The media clearly is in a snarly, piling on mood this year. This may seem humorous but it is exactly the same as laughing at a disabled boy trying to move on his crutches. What sort of standards does this reflect about our society? For those who may not get my drift the media has been unmerciful toward Greg Oden ever since he first had surgery before his rookie season. Was there something about his character to deserve this? It is not as if Oden was hurt riding a motorbike over jumps. Oden, who has faithfully and laboriously rehabbed three times from major injury setbacks still loves this game and still intends to play it for many years. And there is no reason not to expect him to play it well, not this year but the year following which is standard for micro-fracture procedures.

But the interesting thing is the snarling wolf pack mentality has now turned away from Greg to pursue LeBron James, the best player in the league, because he and his teammates came within two wins of the NBA championship. And LeBron and Greg could not be more different in temperament and sense of humor. LeBron wants to attention and focus. Greg wants to play basketball. LeBron wants to excite the masses against him because it is such good business (remember he earned the most in the Association last year from endorsements and had the top selling jersey), Greg wants to be treated like a human being. LeBron has bragged about all the championships he will win. Greg would never do this.

But finally this I know: Greg is not defeated. Greg will still work every day to recover and improve. Before his injury last year Greg was the 2nd best center in the league. Other players and coaches know this. In the end Greg may indeed have more rings than LeBron and if he does? - - he won't brag about it.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:53 pm

Tough times for Oden - people think he's LeBron

You guarantee Oden will have bad health in Portland?  Whoa.  Remind me not to get on your bad side.  Sounds like you're gonna go all Tonya Harding on him to make sure the "guarantee" is backed up.  Or you're the actual psychic behind the Miss Cleo phone line.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 2:27 pm

Tough times for Oden - people think he's LeBron

Oden has a good sense of humor. But he's also over-analytical and self-depricating. Although clearing joking when he said "I tried, but I'm not any good" there is more honesty in that statement than Blazer fans want to hear. I've said for quite some time now that I belive Oden believes he will never make it in the NBA. He just has that defeatist look in his eyes. The best thing for Oden would be to leave Portland and all the negativity associated with the Blazer franchise and start fresh somewhere else. If he stays in Portland I guarantee that his career and health will continue to be complete disasters.

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 2:00 pm

Tough times for Oden - people think he's LeBron

Oden who? LeBron who?

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