Greg Oden addressed the media today, I’m guessing only because tonight’s game is nationally televised and enough big name people asked him to talk — not to mention to get TNT some video clips to show — but I digress.
|Greg Oden talks to the media after patella injury|
I think we can refrain from analyzing that. Here’s the video from Blazers.com if you prefer.
Elsewhere, Sports Illustrated’s Ian Thomsen seemingly got some quotes nobody else got. But here’s the part that really stuck out.
While Oden is trying to return to the court as quickly as possible, agents Bill Duffy and Mike Conley are promising to oversee a thorough investigation to understand why the No. 1 pick of the 2007 draft has suffered two major knee injuries in three NBA seasons. Oden missed his entire rookie season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee. Last year he sat out 14 games after suffering a bone chip in his left knee.
“Mike and I are going to do a thorough analysis of every aspect of Greg’s physiology,” Duffy told SI.com Thursday. “That means there will be no stone unturned in terms of really understanding his body — the balance of his body, the symmetry of his body, the strength of his bones. Every aspect as relates to nutrition, DNA, muscle mass, everything we can study, we’re going to dig into at this point.”
Duffy said he and Conley will seek out the best medical and training advice “around the world.”
“He’s working hard and doing everything that he’s asked,” said Duffy of Oden. “But we’re going to take it to the next level.”
Not sure I’ve heard of agents — much less co-agents — doing a complete physiological investigation like this, but it makes you wonder whether Duffy and Conley have lost some faith in the Blazers Organization. I’m not saying they have, and it’s very possible they are just taking it upon themselves to add whatever they can, but it still sounds like something they are doing separately from the team. And not that you want Oden becoming a science experiment, but at this point giving him and the people responsible for him as much information as possible can’t be a bad thing.
UPDATE: Told you the “big media” types were all over Oden since the game in on TNT. NBA.com and TNT’s David Aldridge had an Oden article of his own today:
Asked if he’d heard from anyone surprising since the injury, Oden said, he had: Durant, via text. The two may be linked forever because of their draft status, but they aren’t especially close.
“The Nike guys had told me he had asked for my number,” Oden said. “He texted me and just was asking me how I was doing. I talked to Brian Grant (the former Blazers’ forward who also worked with Oden this summer in Ohio), he called me. (Pacers forward) Josh McRoberts, my good friend (the two played AAU ball together), he called me. And my mom’s good friends with Jeff Green, so he relayed the message through my mom and he asked me if I was feeling good.”