Mar 18, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Heat center Greg Oden (20) sits on the bench prior to a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Miami won 100-96. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Greg Oden: “I Know I’m One of the Biggest Busts in NBA History”


Signed in the offseason as a playoff tool, Greg Oden isn’t expected to see much time out of the shed. Oden, who played some minutes in the regular season, isn’t yet reliable enough to see minutes in the postseason. He’s been inactive for almost every game.

When talking with Mark Titus of Grantland, Oden acknodged his status in NBA history (not a good one) but he says he’s moved on.

“I’m over all of that,” Greg told me. “I know I’m one of the biggest busts in NBA history and I know that it’ll only get worse as Kevin Durant continues doing big things … It’s frustrating that my body can’t do what my mind wants it to do sometimes. But worrying or complaining about it isn’t going to fix anything … I wish the circumstances would let me play more, but I certainly don’t regret coming back, and I don’t regret signing with the Heat.”

Coach Erik Spoelstra doesn’t have much of an excuse to use Oden against a small-ball playing Brooklyn Nets team and he will likely remain inactive for the series. Should the Heat and Pacers meet in the Eastern Conference Finals, Oden may come off the inactive list, but Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen have been more effective against a struggling Roy Hibbert.

 

 

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