Former Ohio State star Greg Oden was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers, 5 years later he was cut by Portland and now he is in China trying to remake his depressing legacy in the CBA, like at least one former NBA star has managed to do.
While he was always impressive on the court, Oden simply couldn’t stay on it thanks to chronic knee injuries that limited him to 105 games spread out over his entire NBA career. After Oden went No. 1, the Seattle Sonics picked up future NBA MVP Kevin Durant at the No. 2 spot.
With no NBA team willing to take a look at Oden, he decided to try his luck overseas in one of the more lucrative and less intensive leagues in the world, the Chinese Basketball Association, where he signed for $1.2 million.
After missing time with yet more injuries, he played his first game for the Jiangsu Dragons over the weekend, and dominated like many expected he would in the NBA (especially if all the players were shorter)
Oden put up 19 points, 23 rebounds and four blocks in 28 minutes against the PLA’s own Bayi Rockets in an epic 79-76 comeback win.
If you’re having a bad day just watch some highlights in GIF form:
Or in YouTube form:
Or hell just check out the full game:
Best wishes to Oden and his knees in the future!
[Images via Sina // Tencent]