It’s hard to ever lose interest in the potential of the top pick in the draft. Greg Oden, picked first by the Trailblazers in 2008, has a well-documented career of injury and less-than-savvy off-court moves, but remains an intriguing available NBA player. Especially in Ohio, because of his Ohio State connections and rumored interest on the part of the Cavaliers.
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Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas has been working out with Oden as he gets ready for the NBA draft. This might just be propping up a friend in the press, but Thomas seems pretty darn positive about Oden’s potential to come back. Quoted by Bob Finnan of the News-Herald:
“Man, he looks unbelievable,” he said at the draft combine. “He’s running. He’s lifting weights. You might be seeing a comeback. He looks like he’s ready to go. He’s running, getting in shape. I’ll tell you one thing. For a big 7-footer that’s all he does, running and getting in shape. He’s looking right.”