Greg Oden's name has come up in NBA free-agency talks, and there were even reports (h/t NBC Miami) that the former No. 1 pick would team up with the world champion Miami Heat, who are in desperate need of a big man.
Oden put an end to all of that talk, at least for now, in an interview with David Hughes of the Tribune Star:
“I would love to play [in 2012-13], but I’m not going to rush anything, I need to take a year off. What I told Mike was ‘Look, I want to get back with a team. I want to play. If there’s a chance that later on in the [NBA] year, if I feel good or if I’m healthy enough to play, I would love to play this year.’ That’s the conversation we had. I think some people kinda blew that up and took his words and kinda changed them around. I know I need to get healthy first before I do anything.”
Oden's time in the NBA has been plagued with injury, playing in only 82 games since being drafted in 2007 by the Portland Trail Blazers. Last season, the Blazers finally cut ties with Oden.
The former Ohio State big man's downfalls have been even more amplified due to who was drafted just behind him with the No. 2 pick—Kevin Durant. OKC's small forward has flourished in the NBA and developed into one of the league's top stars.
Oden cannot be blamed for his body failing him though. When a man of his size pushes himself in athletic competition, sometimes it just doesn't work out.
For as disappointing as the news is for Oden, he seems to be taking it in stride. He said in the same interview with Hughes:
"I actually want to be a [high school or middle school] gym teacher," he said. "I feel like they have the best job ever. You think about it, they get their weekends off and they get to wear sweats every day to work."
Can you imagine if Oden does become a gym teacher for a year, and then makes an eventual comeback to the NBA? It sounds like a Disney movie in the making.
Metta World Peace to Appear On Children's show, Yo Gabba Gabba
Set your DVR's, NBA fans.
Metta World Peace, the artist formerly known as Ron Artest, is set to appear this Sunday on the Nickelodeon TV show, Yo Gabba Gabba.
The man who admitted to drinking Hennessy at halftime (h/t Huffington Post) and who was the main combatant in the Malice at the Palace brawl in 2004, will be mingling with giant cartoon-like creatures singing songs.
Granted, MWP has come a long way since those days, even winning the citizenship award in 2011 (h/t ESPN), but it seems strange the show would even want him.
The show has featured the likes of Jack Black, The Killers, Questlove, Devo, Weezer and Sarah Silverman, but MWP does not seem like a guest kids would even know or care about.
This also comes on the heels of a AOL Sporting News report that MWP will play "a gregarious and overtly sexual vampire elder" in a pilot episode of “Real Vampire Housewives.”
You simply cannot make this stuff up.
One of the most interesting characters in the NBA just keeps getting more curious.