Greg Oden calls himself the biggest bust in NBA history
“I’ll be remembered as the biggest bust in NBA history,” Oden said. “But I can’t do nothing about that.”
Oden went on to confirm that his professional basketball career is over:
“Don’t get me wrong,” Oden said. “If I was healthy, I would love to continue playing, but I’m not healthy.”
The seven-footer spent last season playing in China but is now taking classes toward his college degree and is a student assistant coach in Ohio State, his alma mater.
The former Portland Trail Blazers big man entered the league in 2007 and played only 82 games in five seasons. He also played for the Miami Heat in 2014, averaging 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in only 26 games.
The 28-year-old missed his rookies season whilst undergoing surgery on his knee. Upon his return, he averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds before breaking his kneecap and having to go through surgery again. Oden’s unsuccessful tenure has been magnified by the rise of Kevin Durant, who was picked just after him in the draft.