Former No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Greg Oden has gone through five major knee operations in as many years, but he's not ready to give up yet. Mike Conley Sr., Oden's agent and family friend, has told Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com that Oden still wants to revive his career in the NBA.
"He's not retiring," Conley said. "The only way that would happen is if he was forced to, and I don't see that happening. He's dedicated to making sure he's back on the court as soon as possible."
Oden was waived by the Portland Trail Blazers last month after making only 82 appearances in five seasons. The No. 1 pick in 2007 has averaged 9.4 points and 8.5 rebounds in limited minutes when healthy, but constant injury concerns have derailed him ever since his sensational freshman year at Ohio State.
"Everyone is quick to talk bust, but put themselves in his shoes," Conley said. "He has gone through a lot as a young man and he is continuing to work to get back. For him to come back is going to be a remarkable perseverance on his behalf."
Oden will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He hopes to return during the 2012-13 NBA season.