Former No. 1 Pick Greg Oden Says His Basketball Career Is ‘Over’

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When Greg Oden first came into the league, the basketball world trumpeted his arrival as the NBA’s next great big man. But catastrophic knee injuries wrecked his career before it even started. Oden played in just 82 total games over the course of five seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, who infamously selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 Draft over Kevin Durant.

He last played briefly in the NBA with the Miami Heat in 2014 and had an equally-abbreviated stint in China last year. Oden has since re-enrolled in college at his alma mater, Ohio State, where he is currently a student-coach under his mentor, Buckeyes coach Thad Matta. Early this year, he announced that he was staging yet another comeback attempt, but in a recent interview with Dana Hunsinger Benbow of the Indy Star, acknowledged that his playing days are finished:

Asked whether he’d play basketball again, he said, “I wish. It’s over.” Instead, he is back with the Buckeyes as a student coach, helping out the players and Matta any way he can.

“I wouldn’t say I regret anything,” Oden told IndyStar Thursday in a phone interview. “I would say I just wish I did things better.”

Oden’s cruel fate is to go down as one of the biggest draft busts of all-time, rendered all the more painful by the fact that his body’s betrayal was ultimately out of his control. But returning to college and studying under Matta might be a good way for him to segue into a coaching career somewhere down the line.

(Indy Star)

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Keep Making Those ‘Westworld’ Theories Because HBO Says You Are Getting Pretty Close


If you were just diving in to think up some new theories on Westworld and the nature of the characters we’re seeing on the show, HBO just gave you a little confidence boost for your endeavors. HBO’s president of programming
Casey Bloys spoke with Variety following an employee meeting on the new AT&T merger on Thursday. In between discussing a new season of The Night Of and why Vinyl’s cancellation hurt so much, Bloys talked a bit about the rest of Westworld’s first season and why the show hasn’t been renewed yet.

It’s here that Bloys gives hope to all those silly, crazy, confused theorists out there. Some of you are clearly on the right track according to Variety:

What would you tell people to look for in the second half of the season?

All I would say is, it’s a very satisfying end. I think questions will be answered. I love reading the fan theories online. I think it’s great the way people have engaged. I’m just pleased to see the reception from an engagement point of view, and that it has started all of these conversations. I think people will get the answers they’re looking for by the end of Season One. A lot of the ones that people are buzzing about.

Have some people have already guessed correctly?

There are a lot of theories out there, and with some of them, I’ve been very impressed with how they’ve constructed the guesses. I’ll just say, they’re getting close.

Now this is either good or bad new depending on how you view the show — if you view the show at all. For some, the rapid fire theories that have hit since the show first aired are a distraction from what should be a “watch and see” sort of experience. Why drown a cool new series in theories?

But if you like theories and theorizing about every television show that’s on television at any given moment, this has to be satisfying. HBO always seem to like some of the unofficial aspects that follow their shows around, unless it has to do with piracy, so this is no surprise in the long run. But it does lend some credence to what everybody has been chattering about for weeks now. But which one is it?

Will it be the dual Dolores theory? Will it be the Bernard as a host theory? Is it something to do with Arnold and the Man In Black? Or maybe it’s that competition storyline with William and The Man In Black? Who the hell really knows other than the folks behind the show and some of the folks at HBO — and maybe the people who are watching screeners. The rest of us will just have to watch and hope it doesn’t end up biting us in the ass, like Lost.

(Via Variety)

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