View Full Version : Greg Oden Sees Himself As Future All-Star

10-10-2010, 10:22 PM
Link (http://nba.fanhouse.com/2010/10/10/still-on-the-mend-greg-oden-vows-one-day-to-be-an-all-star/)

"When I get out there 100 percent, everybody will see what kind of player I am," Oden said. "When I get 100 percent and I get to improve on the court, I feel I can be an All-Star."

"It's just tough,'' Oden said of his latest injury. "This is difficult because you can't really know what the timetable is. If I get out there and I'm not 100 percent, I'm not helping the team. I'm hurting them. So that's what I'm waiting on, to get to 100 percent.

"I think he'll be very dominant. I've been up close and personal with him. When he gets healthy, he'll be as dominant as you'll see in the league (at center). Believe me."

"I just feel personally like, if he's healthy, he's going to prove everybody wrong. There's been a lot of talk now because the way Durant is playing now ... So everybody's like, 'Should (Portland) have picked Durant because of how Durant is performing right now?' But you really can't gauge that at the time. I know it's frustrating on (Oden) to have to hear all that talk about, 'Portland have should have took this guy or that guy.' But, like I said, once he gets back out on the court, he's going to prove a lot of people wrong.''

Oden agrees. He firmly believes one day he will be an NBA All-Star.

"Yes,'' he said. "When all is said and done.''

10-10-2010, 10:23 PM
i do to

10-10-2010, 10:24 PM
health will tell.

10-10-2010, 10:25 PM
Nothing wrong with a positive attitude.

10-10-2010, 10:33 PM
He will be but thats selling him short, I get that he wants to take baby steps but to prove people wrong hes going to need to do more than become an All-Star.

10-10-2010, 10:43 PM
during the draft almost every team was ready to pick him over durant... oden hasn't played badly but he just hasn't played enough... i think if he gets healthy he can prove himself to be as good a player... but i think its wrong for him to look at it like wanting to be an all-star... he should be looking to take portland over the hill not caring about his personal goals... portland needs a big and he should be more team oriented.

10-10-2010, 11:05 PM
When healthy, he's a top-20 player in the game because he plays the 1st/2nd most important position and dominates defensively and on the glass... not to mention, he's extremely efficient.

10-10-2010, 11:05 PM
I think its obvious that if this kid can get and stay healthy, he will be an all star. I just hope so badly for the guy, he is such a good guy. I feel for Blazer fans, who have watched their team go from Jailblazers to making great draft choices and building from within with high quality, character guys. Oden would propel them to championship contender if he could stay upright and effective for a number of years, and would be better than "just" and all star

10-10-2010, 11:13 PM
Sucks that he's been snakebitten in his career. Hopefully the Lakers can knock off the U Mad people in south beach this year and once they get older then OKC and Portland can keep the denial streak rollin.

Geargo Wallace
10-10-2010, 11:13 PM
who really cares? Not really thread worthy when we all know he has the talent to become one.

10-10-2010, 11:16 PM
Jamaal Magloire was an all-star :shrug:

but Marcus Camby has never been.

good luck to him. I like Oden

10-10-2010, 11:23 PM
He will be

10-10-2010, 11:29 PM
Yeeeeah, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!!! :laugh: :laugh:

10-10-2010, 11:44 PM
He will be but thats selling him short, I get that he wants to take baby steps but to prove people wrong hes going to need to do more than become an All-Star.

Unfortunately, I highly doubt that.

The kid's injury history is long and serious, and that won't get better as he gets older. Let's take a look at what he's gone through so far:

June 2006: Freshman year of college - ligament surgery on his right wrist (misses the beginning of his only year in college).

September 2007: First year in the league - Undergoes microfracture surgery on his ailing right knee. Out for the entire year, and plays zero games.

October 2008: First year in the league, part 2 - Comes into the season opener 40lbs overweight, injures his foot after 13 minutes in his very first NBA game. Out two weeks.

February 2009: First year in the league, part 2 - Bumps his knee against Corey Maggette. Maggette is fine, but Oden chips his kneecap: Out 3 weeks.

December 2009: Second year in the league - Fractures patella literally for no reason. He simply jumps up, and it breaks coming down under his own weight. Out for the season.

In three NBA seasons since he's been drafted, he's played 81 games and averaged 19 minutes per game. That's absurd. He reminds me of the statue in those old MLB "dont do steroids" commercials that just falls apart for seemingly no reason.

A 100% healthy for an entire season + postseason? Yeah, dude would be amazing. In the few games we've seen him in full force, he absolutely killed it. But let's be realistic. For him to have the amount of serious injuries that he's had this early in his career, there is a little more than a slight correlation going on. He's not going to come back as strong as before (on top of that, he'll be even more likely to suffer another injury with all the surgeries he's had that have undoubtedly weakened him as a whole), and I will be shocked if he ever plays 90+ games in a season (playoffs).

And I'm not exactly sure that him or even any NBA team would be willing to give it another go if he suffers another season ender. I hope the best for him (I'm dying for premier centers in this league), but I really can't see how he somehow shakes the perennial injuries and has a strong/healthy career.

10-10-2010, 11:47 PM
ugh, tredigs, you are totally right. Bigs who suffer numerous tough injuries at a young age face nearly impossible odds

10-10-2010, 11:53 PM
ugh, tredigs, you are totally right. Bigs who suffer numerous tough injuries at a young age face nearly impossible odds

Yeah, the trick with bigs is to keep them as healthy as possible, for as long as possible (OK... this is the case for everyone, but especially important for bigs). Once the injuries start to mount up on such a large body (especially if it's their knees, feet or back), they almost always compound and begin to debilitate/limit the player going forward.

His story has a chance to end well, but it's not a high chance. I'd be thrilled with ~4 strong/prime seasons from him if I'm an Oden/Blazers fan. Any more than that is probably unrealistic. And even that may be tough on this guy.

10-11-2010, 12:27 AM
If he stays healthy and after Yao retires I'd say for sure he has a chance if he improves the way he is expected too.

10-11-2010, 12:31 AM
I hope he is. To much bad stuff has happened to him injury wise.

10-11-2010, 12:36 AM
I see him as an all-star too

10-11-2010, 12:40 AM
He's an all-star in the Emergency Room

10-11-2010, 01:19 AM
What's crazier???? Seeing him as an allstar or 100% percent healthy???? Im going with him being 100% healthy.

10-11-2010, 02:00 AM
I feel so bad for the guy. I mean as much as everyone says Portland was stupid for drafting him ahead of Durant, they really did do the "right" thing, so to say. He's an incredible basketball player, but it's the same thing with Yao. These guys' huge bodies can't support all that physicality and weight.

In my opinion, that's what made Shaq so incredible. His durability with that kind of body/weight is unheard of. Not many big men can stay healthy with these huge frames, and Shaq proved what one's career can become if a talented big man can stay healthy.

Whatever, I hope we can see Oden just get one full season in before his career is over. That sounds ridiculous, but it's the truth of the matter. He may never play a full season. But let's hope that I'm wrong.

10-11-2010, 02:13 AM
I think short terms goals would be better for him, like playing a full season.. Saying I can be an allstar wont make anyone a believer if he cant stay on the court long enough to prove it

John Walls Era
10-11-2010, 02:35 AM
Why is his goal to be an all-star? Jamaal Magloire, Mehmet Okur and Wally Szerbiak were allstars too. He should set the bar higher... DPOY or MVP.

10-11-2010, 02:39 AM
Its not unrealistic considering the lack of depth at center, but it is unrealistic considering his injury history and foul history. the guy should be more concerned with staying in a game and actually staying healthy than he is about all star appearances. like seriously> what have you done?

10-11-2010, 03:00 AM
old age is really getting to him

10-11-2010, 03:12 AM
If Oden can ever stay healthy & out of foul trouble he could be a great C. Those are really the only things holding him back. He can be much more than an All-Star if he can just stay on the floor and play the way he's capable.

10-11-2010, 03:23 AM
if he can stay relatively healthy(only missing about 20 or so games a season) he def could be.

10-11-2010, 03:35 AM
Has Oden even proved that he can stay out of foul trouble?

10-11-2010, 03:51 AM
I bet the Trailblazers wish they could have that one back.

10-11-2010, 04:27 AM
Wishful thinking :(

10-11-2010, 05:23 AM
Yeah he'll be like a Jamaal Magloire at best

10-11-2010, 07:05 AM
we can rebuild him, we have the technology.

10-11-2010, 07:38 AM
He could, I think. But, to be an All-Star he needs to have at least a full healthy season. More likely two in a row. And, dominate at the same time. Not sure, if he will ever be able to do this. Whish him all the best for recovery ...

10-11-2010, 07:55 AM
doubt he will be but the centers in the league now suck so he has a chance

10-11-2010, 08:59 AM
I am hoping all the best for him. He is my favorite center in the league. He just happens to have a bad luck. If healthy he would be considered one of the top centers in the league this year. Dude has the ability to put up monster numbers in 2 years. Health is the only thing that's holding him back.

10-11-2010, 11:05 AM
if he is healthy i can see him being an All Star not because of him being a great player but because of the lack of talented centers in the NBA... No disrespect to Kaman but if he can make and All Star game then its not far fetched to say that ODen can do it in the future

10-11-2010, 11:12 AM
If Oden can stay healthy, he could become just as important to Portland as Durant is to OKC.

10-11-2010, 11:16 AM
If Oden can stay healthy, he could become just as important to Portland as Durant is to OKC.

Still waiting on the j/k... u cannot be serious

10-11-2010, 12:03 PM
Still waiting on the j/k... u cannot be serious

It's true. A 100% healthy Oden would be just as important to Portland as Durant is to OKC. Portland has the chance to become a dynasty if it weren't for injuries.

10-11-2010, 12:11 PM
Dale Davis was once an allstar so it's pretty reasonable for Oden to believe this. It's not like there are alot of great centers around.

10-11-2010, 12:19 PM
^ James Donaldson was an allstar once :P

I think he should go step by step.

At this point given his histroy i think he should be happy if he is able to mimic Bowies career

Yes THAT bowie , he had a decent STARTER career.

10-11-2010, 12:23 PM

Who could forget about Wally 'I-got-my-pretty-face-kicked-in-by-Bowen' Sczczerbiak?

10-11-2010, 12:48 PM
I think everyone else does too, its just an issue of health

10-11-2010, 02:46 PM
He should play 20 games in a season before making bold predictions like that IMO

10-11-2010, 03:01 PM
that boy too frail to be an allstar

Sly Guy
10-11-2010, 03:38 PM
I think it would be wise if Oden just kept his mouth shut until he is healthy and is showing improvement. I mean seriously, he has to justify being taken over Durant, and so far, league scoring champ is better than IR center.

10-11-2010, 06:43 PM
If he could stay healthy, sure but that has yet to be answered.

10-11-2010, 09:33 PM
I'm sure he does. He tells all the patience and nurses at Portland General that every year.

10-11-2010, 10:39 PM
he has a better chance of being a porn star than an all star

10-12-2010, 01:56 AM
We all thought so, "thought" as in past tense.

10-12-2010, 01:59 AM
He looks 40

10-12-2010, 03:21 AM
I really, really hope he can pull off a "Big Z" and recover from a load of career threatening injuries at the start of his career.

I have huge hope for the guy and I feel hugely bad for him. I'd love to see him play a full season fit.

10-12-2010, 04:27 AM
goodluck to you Greg.

be positive.

10-12-2010, 12:46 PM
lol he sees a lot of himself now doesn't he...

10-12-2010, 12:56 PM
I see myself as the future President of the United States, I am a first generation American from Africa, well educated, on my way to community service and I am a law school student. As long as America will elect a 5'8 guy, I see myself in the whitehouse in the near future.

10-19-2010, 05:12 PM
he has a better chance of being a porn star than an all star


10-19-2010, 05:32 PM
He's a monster, he might still be a force but an all star? Don't see it... But I like the confidence

10-19-2010, 05:56 PM
I can't believe some people are giving him **** for saying he wants to be an all-star. Who doesn't want to be an all-star? Come on people, this is not a selfish statement. Isn't he just saying he wants to be hella good? Don't know how you can hate on a man for that.

10-19-2010, 05:56 PM
Get on the floor first Greg....baby steps

10-20-2010, 08:38 AM
Get on the floor first Greg....baby steps

He played in the playoffs in 2009.

10-20-2010, 03:20 PM
oden is garbage. Picking him over Durant is like picking Sam Bowie over Jordan. And the worst part is Oden isn't even as good as Sam Bowie lol.....

10-20-2010, 03:30 PM
If he does not break down first

10-20-2010, 04:08 PM
He has a loooong way to go...

10-20-2010, 05:15 PM
He has a loooong way to go...

To do what?