Center Greg Oden, arguably the biggest NBA bust in the past decade, is considering another run at playing in the NBA.
Speaking to FOX Sports Radio 620's Jay Allen, Ohio State coach Thad Matta said his staff has been working Oden out recently and that the 7-footer may make one last run to prove he can play professional basketball.
"There is a possibility he may make another run at it," Matta said.
Matta said Oden, who played one season with the Buckeys in 2006-07, is 280 pounds and looks as good as he's been since college. Matta added he sees Oden every day and that he's improved his personal life. Oden was arrested for allegedly punching his girlfriend in the face last August, a charge he reached a plea deal on in February.
After three seasons out of basketball, Oden played 23 games for the Heat a year ago and averaged 2.9 points per game.
Matta was among those that felt Oden would go on and do great things in the NBA after averaging 15.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game with the Buckeyes. It just didn't work out as expected.
"I still swear he was going to be one of the greatest to ever play in the [NBA], just from the year I was with him," Matta said.
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Oden was arrested in August after an altercation at his mother's house and was charged with two felony counts of battery and two misdemeanor counts of battery. Oden was fined $200 and ordered to complete 26 weeks of domestic violence counseling as well as 909 days of probation.
"I was wrong, and I know what has to happen," Oden told police, according to a Lawrence Police Department report.
Oden is accused of punching the woman in the face three times and fracturing a bone in her nose, according to court documents. The felony offense carries a penaly of one-to-six years in prison.
Oden was bothered by back spasms in the second half and was limited to only 23 games this season. He has yet to play in the postseason, despite being listed as active for the first round of the playoffs. In those 23 appearances, Oden averaged only 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in just 9.2 minutes per game.
"After the back, he's been working really to get back out on the court. In the last week or 10 days, he's really been able to amp up his workouts," Spoelstra said. "I want him to have a couple more very tough workouts this week, and we'll evaluate him at the end of the week."
Oden played 14 minutes in the game, scoring just two points on 0 of 2 shooting. He added five rebounds while picking up three personal fouls in the 100-87 loss.
Playing for the first time in four seasons after overcoming a slew of debilitating knee injuries, Oden gave the Heat more than they expected this season. He appeared in 23 games, the second-highest total of his career, averaging 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in just 9.2 minutes per game.
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