You guys know the details of Greg Oden’s NBA career, so I’m not going to bore you with them. Basically, No. 1 overall pick and future franchise center is betrayed by his lower legs, thereby ruining his career and running him out of the league by age 24. That’s a one sentence description of the last five years of Oden’s life and it’s depressing enough. If you want the whole story, read his Wikipedia page, put on an Afghan Whigs record and really take yourself to a bad place. Super fun summer activity.
But if you’ve been keeping up with Greg Oden, you know he’s planning to make a comeback to the NBA at some point, with most rumors pointing to the start of the 2013-14 season as Oden’s re-debut. As it turns out, that’s a pretty good idea considering no one wants him right now anyways. From the Terre Haute Tribune-Star:
“It’s not like teams are out there telling people they want me, because they’re not right now,” Oden explained. “And I’m not out there telling people I want to go to a certain team. I want to go to a place where I can get healthy and with somebody who can believe in me and my skills — somewhere it could be a good fit for the both of us.”
That’s equal parts gloomy and sensible, if you ask me. Yeah, it sucks that he’s saying no teams are interested in picking him up, but at least he realizes he needs to chill, get healthy and find a situation where he can succeed, even if succeeding now isn’t defined the same as it was five seasons ago. Being told you’re unfit for your profession at 24 has to be the worst, but it seems like Oden realizes that NBA opinion can change in the blink of an eye. If he gets healthy and proves he can still play, some team will definitely take a chance on him. (Hopefully the Suns, so they can use their magic on his legs.)
Of course, it it doesn’t work out, he’s got a backup plan.
Asked what he’d like his next job to be after he retires from pro basketball — whenever that may be — Oden smiled before giving his answer.
“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.”
Considering the one time I’ve seen Greg Oden in person he was wearing sweat pants, coupled with the fact that all the gym teachers I know always brag about how they get to wear basketball shorts to work, this actually seems like a perfect fit. I can’t imagine Greg would be great at teaching the nuances of pickleball and he’s a HUGE target in dodgeball, but if he gets to wear chill clothes to work and hang out with kids that are too young to realize that he never had a Hall of Fame career, then he’d be a great gym teacher.
Besides, if you think regular gym teachers let you get away with anything, imagine having class with a millionaire gym teacher. He’ll let you high-stick in floor hockey all the time. Kids are going to love him.
(via Ball Don’t Lie)