1 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft, Greg Oden has retired from basketball and reenrolled at Ohio State.
The twists and turns of his rough-and-tumble career—his multiple season-ending knee injuries, his release by the Blazers, his brief stint with the Heat, his sidetrip to China, his alcohol abuse, his domestic violence arrest—are well-known and they stand in direct contrast to Kevin Durant’s rise to superstardom.
None of this is exactly breaking news, but for some reason, a good chunk of the country has been behaving as if the nude photos of the oft-injured Portland Trail Blazer that surfaced recently are a stop-the-presses issue.
It's been on every sports blog the Internet offers up as well as sports talk radio and television shows from coast to coast, including ESPN.
Oden hired, and still retains, Conley's father, Michael Sr., as his agent.
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The only thing more ridiculous than Oden's apologizing for taking the pictures are the folks who felt he needed to.
As far as I can tell, he has nothing to apologize for -- and no, that isn't a thinly veiled size joke.
At the same time, Durant surely understands that the comparisons will dog Oden forever.