May 25, 2014 |
Here's a prediction: The 76ers will pick a big man with their third overall draft selection if Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are gone. Except, this prediction is that it won't be Joel Embiid. It will be Julius Randle or Noah Vonleh. Embiid has a huge upside. The 7-footer from Kansas one day may develop into the best player in this draft. But that's only if the native of Cameroon stays healthy. An excellent shot-blocker and rebounder with three-point shooting range, the freshman was seen as the draft's top prospect until a reported stress fracture in his lower back kept him out of the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments.
January 20, 2014 |
For a few seconds Friday night, a Fox Sports camera found Greg Oden on the visitors' bench at the Wells Fargo Center, framing a close-up of a facial expression that's become so common over the years. There was Oden, the league's top pick in the 2007 draft, with his head turned to the right to follow the action in the Miami Heat's 101-86 victory over the Sixers, his right hand touching his lower lip, a faraway look in his eyes. Oden's face filled the screen before the camera quickly cut back to the game, back to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and the overmatched Sixers.
January 31, 2013 |
GREG ODEN'S next comeback could be with Cleveland. The Cavaliers are exploring the possibility of signing Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick whose NBA career has been sabotaged by injuries, a source told the Associated Press . The team's interest is contingent upon the center's health. CBSSports.com first reported the Cavs and Miami Heat were leading the pursuit of Oden, 25, who hasn't played since 2009 and has undergone three microfracture knee surgeries. Before watching No. 11 Ohio State's win over visiting Wisconsin on Tuesday, Oden said he hopes to be healthy enough to take another shot at pro ball.
January 30, 2013
A person with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday that the Cleveland Cavaliers were exploring the possibility of signing 7-foot center Greg Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick who has undergone three major knee surgeries. He hasn't played since 2009. While attending Ohio State's game against Wisconsin on Tuesday night, Oden said he hopes to play next season. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers lost at home to Golden State, 108-95, as Klay Thompson scored a career-high 32 points for the Warriors, who were missing three starters - guard Stephen Curry (ankle)
January 11, 2013 |
GREG ODEN, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007, plans to return to the NBA after he is fully recovered from his latest knee surgery, according to a report. ESPN.com, citing sources, reported that the center is hoping to come back next season. The website reported that the Miami Heat is one of several teams interested in signing Oden to a multiyear contract before the end of the current season. Oden, who was drafted by Portland, has not played since December 2009. He has had three surgeries on his knees, the latest on his left knee last February, which led to his release by the Blazers.
February 22, 2012
The NBA-leading Miami Heat stretched their winning streak to seven games Tuesday night with a 120-108 pounding of the visiting Sacramento Kings. Dwyane Wade scored 30 points and added 10 assists, Mario Chalmers and Chris Bosh each scored 20 points, and LeBron James added 18 points for the Heat, who have won each of their games during this streak by at least 12 points. Isaiah Thomas scored 20 of his 24 points in the third quarter for Sacramento, which dropped its sixth straight.
March 24, 2009 |
PORTLAND - Greg Oden is technically a rookie, so perhaps it is too early to make a definitive judgment as to how his NBA career will turn out. Still, having lost all of last season and large chunks of this one to assorted injuries, Oden has to be aware that his name is being linked to that of another 7-foot center on whom the Portland Trail Blazers once made a sizable, and losing, wager for long-term success. Sam Bowie. Bowie was the University of Kentucky standout now infamously remembered as the player the Blazers took with the second pick in the 1984 draft, behind Hakeem Olajuwon and just ahead of some guy named Michael Jordan.
February 7, 2009 |
Paul Pierce scored 26 points and Ray Allen finished with 22 to help the visiting Boston Celtics beat the New York Knicks, 110-100, in Madison Square Garden last night. Kevin Garnett also had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Boston, which rebounded from its 110-109 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. The Celtics have now won nine of the last 10 in their rivalry with the Knicks. Al Harrington scored 27 points and David Lee had 18 points and 18 rebounds for New York.
July 14, 2007 |
At the Final Four, it was a draw. Roy Hibbert scored 19 points and pulled in six rebounds, Greg Oden had 13 and nine in a national semifinal where the whistle quickly eliminated the battle of the big men. At the barbershop, Oden wins, hands down. "He's got a full beard and he's, like, 19 years old," Hibbert said. "I'm trying to get the patches to fill in. " Normally, Hibbert follows the NHL approach, letting the 'fro grow wild and the beard go unshaven for luck in the postseason.