Greg Oden is willing to admit that “it’s over.” His basketball career, which seemed so promising a decade ago, is now non-existent. And 10 years after entering the NBA draft, Oden is back as a student-coach at Ohio State, where he played one season and led the Buckeyes to a National Championship game.
In a wide-ranging piece published in the Indianapolis Star, Oden spoke about the new direction of his life after a busted NBA and overseas basketball career.
“I wouldn’t say I regret anything,” Oden told Dana Hunsinger Benbow of the Indianapolis Star. “I would say I just wish I did things better.”
Oden scored just 840 NBA points over three seasons. He played 82 total games for Portland, the team that drafted him in 2008-2009, and 2009-2010. Then he played in 23 games for Miami in 2013-2014. Now, he’s a 28-year-old sophomore at OSU majoring in sports industry, according to the IndyStar.
The story also detailed his felony battery charge and the resulting punishment, though Oden declined to speak specifically about that incident. It also said that Oden recently became a father, and how he lives with his child and the baby’s mother in Columbus.
“I’m still trying to figure out my life,” Oden told the IndyStar. “Since I’ve been in fourth grade, all I’ve known was basketball. I’m just trying to better myself and work on my degree and set something up for the future of my family.”