Greg Odin, out of expectations…but is that really the main thing

The NBA is the perfect theater for childhood dreams to come true, but the NBA also has the peculiarity of turning off the light sometimes faster than turning it on. Off-peak times, this summer we’ll be looking at names that are familiar to us, some more than others, names that “mean something to us” but are no longer really the headlines. Stories that bring back sweet melancholy. closed cold cases But the NBA version, with the ambition to give you some news about those guys who were once a part of our daily lives. the first episode? Not the most good story From the series, that of Greg Auden.

We attack hard. Greg Oden, a name that necessarily means something to you if you’ve followed the NBA at all, even if you’re 16 and your name is Killian. So before tackling Gregodion’s daily life in 2022, take a peek at the giant’s walk…with his muddy knees.

June 2007, and the basketball planet isn’t ready, at least that’s what the general sentiment said on draft night, when the Ohio State giants were drafted with the first pick by the Blazers. After being defeated with the Buckeyes by the Gators of Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Taurean Green during the Final Four, Greggos is still the name that appears on everyone’s lips, even if some Kevin Durant gives some cold sweats to the NBA scouts. KD who will finally be picked second by the late Seattle Sonics, when Al Horford departs for Atlanta with Pick 3, accompanies his best friends Brewer (7) and Jooks (9) in the top ten of the draft. Greg Odin? Pick first, of course, because at the time we were simply talking about a potential successor to Shaquille O’Neal. Here we have a giant of 2m 13 and almost 115 kilograms, who was overcome and endowed with offensive and defensive qualities, especially defensive, in short, the kind of inside that we rarely encounter in a lifetime. Bonus track, 20, Greg is already doing 40, I’m not sure if that’s good news but at the time these details remain a minor valve, for now.

Unfortunately, the result will be a succession of injuries and therefore absences, long absences and very long absences. Total 105 games, in seven seasons, four of which were spent entirely between the bench and the treatment room. Greg’s knees are not flimsy, Greg’s knees are foamAnd, as the Giant struggles to walk more than ten metres, Kevin Durant has quietly become one of history’s best, repeating the era when the Blazers chose to pressure Michael Jordan in favor of the uncertain Sam Boy.

“When you get injured, you feel so lonely and you want to be with your teammates. You want to be able to do the things you were recruited to do. You want to have a title and do great things on the pitch, but you can’t physically. It’s hard. Mentally, you’re trying to deal with it. Sometimes when you’re young, you don’t even know how to manage yourself and your thoughts, and all of a sudden you’re completely alone. How to deal with this? How do you wake up every day knowing it hurts? It’s so hard mentally.”

During the 2013-14 season Greg tried to make a comeback with the Heat, he floated and even sneaked during the NBA Finals against Tottenham, but especially played the last game of his career with Miami. He continues his long passing path but this time outside the NBA circuit. time. the following ? Few of the candidates to post Biology But in China, the once-only 26-year-old giant will continue his truncated career. Nothing is too crazy in the East, back in the US and in the famous Big3 League, the oddly-ruled Ice Cube that honors street grandparents and former NBA “glories”. Spoiler, during this summer competition, the former greatest prospect on the planet will bounce a ball for the last time.

New work for a new life

The truth is that between his time in China and his exploits against the fun-filled fifties in the BIG3 League… Greg Auden had a misfortune. Depression is so close, alcohol issues so present, it almost makes sense when Shaq was announced in the future and she finally became the definition of a bust. In this dark period of his life, the former Ohio star may have desired it when he saw a meteor passing by, so much so that heOne fine day, his guardian angel took the form of Thad Matta, his former coach with the Buckeyes.

“I remember, I called coach Mata, I didn’t even know who I was, and I couldn’t shut up and quit. He would say, ‘Come to the gym, come to training. And then, as soon as I got there, he said, “You know, there’s this program for your degree…” I said, “Okay, okay.” And then I came back To class I had to focus and couldn’t take alcohol every day. She gave me a path to follow. Then I realized I didn’t need to drink every day to feel good, or just to feel something.

I wanted to stay in basketball, and the coach gave me the opportunity to work here. It gave me something to do in the afternoon. I’m still trying to figure out my place in my life. Since elementary school, I’ve known only basketball. I’m just trying to become a better version of myself by earning a degree to prepare for my family’s future. »

It’s 2016, yay Greg has a purpose in life, and you don’t need to have a LeBron physique to go back to school. Simply the utmost of will, and that the beast is not lacking. For three years, the man nearing his thirties will see him expand his college studies alongside Matta and Chris Holtman, in his cocoon, where he feels right at home. Diploma in hand, he joined the official staff of the Buckeyes, where he remains in charge even today, and returned to where it all began, with the certainty of being in a place where he feels good and in the frame, why not, in vengeance to be taken to the seats, but this time in the expected location.

He soared to the sky even before he ever set foot on the ground… when he hadn’t done so much in his career. Draft #1 is supposed to roll on Planet Basketball but sometimes the truth is somewhere else, eg somewhere between the happiness of serving and the comfort of working in between. In 2022, Greg Auden is 34 years old and looks younger than in 2007, and this may be the first sign of his rebirth, a real rebirth this time.

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