Friday , Mar , 16 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Agent: Greg Oden not retiring, wants to join Pacers

Greg Oden shares the fans’ disappointment in the way his career has gone. The 7-foot center was limited to just 82 games by injuries after the Portland Trail Blazers took him over Kevin Durant with the first selection in the 2007 draft. Portland waived the former No. 1 overall pick Thursday after an injury-plagued five-year run in which he averaged just 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots. He recently underwent his third microfracture knee surgery, the second on his left knee, ending his season.
"He feels bad for Portland and the team, more than anything, more than he did for himself," Oden’s agent, Mike Conley Sr., said Friday. "He felt he could have made an impact, and he knows they were counting on him."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Greg Oden doesn’t think his career is over even if the Portland Trail Blazers do.

Yesterday, the Blazers – who fired their coach and traded their starting center and small forward – waived Oden, the prep and college sensation they drafted first overall in 2007 ahead of superstar Kevin Durant.

Oden’s heart and effort could never be questioned. Sadly, his knees only allowed him to play 82 games over five seasons. So the Blazers, tired of the setbacks and disappointment, cut ties with the center yesterday.

Word is Oden will continue rehabbing his leg in his hometown of Indianapolis in hopes of making a comeback with the Pacers.

With a little luck, one of the most celebrated prospects in hoops history will change how his story ends.

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