Greg Oden admits he is a long way from returning


Greg Oden is going to make another run at it.

Say what you want about him, it’s not lack of effort in rehab that has kept him off the court. But in a video interview at (via Eye on Basketball) Oden admitted that he is a long way from being back on the court right now.

“I’m nowhere near there. I mean I just started doing two-leg squats like two weeks ago. I’ve got like a month and a half of just doing that. Putting weight on one leg, that’s all I can really do right now.”

Oden will be one of the more interesting cases once the free agency period opens (after the lockout and in whatever form it exists under a new collective bargaining agreement). He is a restricted free agent now, meaning any team can make an offer but the Trail Blazers have the right to match.

On paper, and when he has played, he is what a lot of teams need — a strong rebounding, shot blocking, good defensive presence in the paint who doesn’t shoot a lot but when he does shoots a high percentage. The problem is that after being the No. 1 overall pick in 2007 he has played just 82 games due to injury.

Quality big men are at such a premium that somebody is going to offer him a contract, although it will not be long and may be heavy on incentives.

Oden is not thinking about that, saying right now his lone goal is to get healthy.