Monday , Mar , 09 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Greg Oden: I Do Have Heart

Oden was stung by the mounting criticism. A national radio talk show called him a "lemon" and a "bust." He thought a local columnist questioned his desire to return.

"I get portrayed wrongly, like I don’t have a heart," Oden said. "But I sit there and I try to explain to people what is going on, and it’s like they aren’t listening to me."

There is pain, Oden says, and not just any pain, but biting pain. He said it so many times in interviews that he started saying it more demonstratively, in hopes that his louder tone would finally get someone to believe him.

"I don’t know how else to put it: There’s a difference between sore and painful, and this is painful," Oden said.