Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas says Greg Oden ‘looks unbelievable’ training for an NBA comeback


Greg Oden is ready to step out of the water and onto an NBA hardwood.

Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas told The Oregonian that free agent Greg Oden “looks unbelievable” and everything indicates the gimpy center will attempt a comeback for the 2013-14 campaign.

Last undergoing the knife in February 2012, the 25-year-old Oden played a mere 82 games as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers over the course of five injury-plagued seasons.

“Man, he looks unbelievable,” said Thomas, 21, a 2013 first-team All-Big Ten selection. “He’s running, he’s lifting weights. You might be seeing a comeback. He looks like he is 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.”

A former Buckeye taken atop the 2007 draft, the 7-foot, 285 pound Oden showed flashes of brilliance and averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks before getting waived by Portland in March 2012.

Despite having not competed in the association in 1,260 days, Oden has reportedly drawn interest from the Heat, Spurs, Hornets, Bobcats, Pacers and Mavericks.

A recovering alcoholic whose utterly shot knees make him as sturdy as Ozzy Osbourne on bourbon, Oden can be considered something of a Shakespearean tragedy.

Ideally, the likable, marketable and outgoing Greg Oden will recover from his numerous maladies and return to being a force in the paint.

Such a character arc would be “unbelievable” and a greater tale than anything ever written by the world’s preeminent dramatist.

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