Found May 11, 2012 on Oregon Sports News:
Greg Oden’s game never lived up to the expectations he encountered in Portland, but his play on the court isn’t what most fans should be disappointed with as the team moves past the Greg Oden era of Trail Blazers basketball. In 2007, when the Blazers selected Oden with the overall No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, they had officially left the Jail Blazers behind them, and the fans only wish was to bring in someone who was a great player with even better character. As it turned out, Oden was not that guy. Don’t get me wrong; Oden is no Jail Blazer. He was expected, though, to come in and be not just a great player, but a great person for whom you couldn’t help but cheer. ESPN commercials, an appearance at the ESPY Awards and even a Backstreet Boys karaoke performance all gave fans reason to be excited—if he was anywhere as good on the court as he appeared to be in the community, things were going to get very good very fast. But when injury after injury took the player away from the...

Greg Oden says he suffered through depression and alcohol addiction while signed to Trailblazers

Greg Oden’s entire NBA career thus far, has been one seemingly never ending lowlight. One injury after another kept the former number one pick for the Portland Trailblazers off the NBA stage. In a recent interview Oden discussed the challenges he’s faced being an almost-superstar. Alcohol addiction, depression and offers to undertake a second career in [...]

Oden opens up about last few years

Greg Oden revealed just how tough things have been for him on and off the court since he came to the NBA in an interview with former college teammate Mark Titus.

Brandon Roy isn't ruling out an NBA comeback

Ben Golliver at Blazers Edge chronicled Brandon Roy's recent comments regarding a possible comeback this week, and I can't help but read those soundbytes and hope for the best. Unfortunately, with respect to a return to the game he once played as well as anybody in the League, I fear the worst for Brandon. I'm not sure a comeback is possible at this point, but Roy did...

Oden says he 'became an alcoholic'

Former No. 1 pick Greg Oden, regarded as one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history, has admitted he became an alcoholic during his second year in the league. In a wide-ranging interview with his former Ohio State teammate Mark Titus for the website Grantland, Oden also admitted it "sucked" seeing Kevin Durant succeed -- given the Oklahoma City star went at No. 2 in...

Oden discusses 'alcoholic' past; won't play in 2012-13

Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden opened up about alcohol abuse and told that he intends to sit out the 2012-13 season. Drafted in 2007, Oden has played in just 82 NBA games in five years with the Portland Trail Blazers, and hasn't appeared in a game since Dec. 2009. He's had five knee surgeries during his time in Portland, who released him in March. Oden...

Greg Oden confesses about his alcohol problem

Greg Oden hasn’t had the easiest road in the NBA despite being the #1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft chosen by the Portland Trailblazers. He had three microfracture surgeries, hadn’t played a NBA game since December in 2009, his penis was leaked all over the internet and he was released by Portland this year. [...]

Greg Oden reveals alcohol also made him as reliable as Lindsay Lohan on smack

Unemployed free agent center Greg Oden told Mark Titus of Grantland he’s battled alcoholism since being selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft out of The University of Ohio State. Oden, … Continue reading →

NBA Playoffs: Big Increase For Penultimate Nuggets/Lakers Game

Thursday’s NBA playoff doubleheader produced mixed results for TNT. Game 6 of the Nuggets/Lakers first round NBA playoff series drew 4.339 million viewers on TNT Thursday night, up 28% from Mavericks/Trail Blazers Game 6 last year (3.400M), and up 39% from Suns/Trail Blazers Game 6 in 2010 (3.115M). The 28% increase is the third-largest of the playoffs for a game on ESPN/ABC or...

Colangelo Wants Answer From Aldridge On Olympics

LaMarcus Aldridge not notified USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo of his summer plans.
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