Oden: "They Put You In Vegas For A Reason"

Greg Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007, offered advice to young players participating in the NBA Summer League

Reiter Than You
July 11, 2019 - 7:35 pm
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Greg Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007, has some advice for NBA rookies playing in the Summer League: go to bed early.

“They put you in Vegas for a reason,” Oden said on Reiter Than You. “They want to see who’s going to get drawn into all the outside stuff. So make sure you stay out of the clubs. The coaches are out there, and they’re going to see you. You’re not going to go unnoticed.”

Oden, who played in the NBA from 2007-14, was an All-American at Ohio State, leading the Buckeyes to the national title game in his lone college season. 

He encouraged rookies to learn as much as they can this summer.

“This is a lot of these guys’ first experience to NBA basketball,” he said. “As every game goes on, learn something from it. Take something from it. By the end of the summer league, you’ll have a little taste of what the NBA game is like. Be your best self. You never know who’s going to give you an opportunity down the line or who you’re going to meet.”

Oden’s career was ravaged by injuries, but he’s found a new home in the Big3. Only 31, he said he would consider a return to the NBA.

“I loved playing in the Big3,” he said. “How these deals are now, I would definitely entertain the idea of coming back in the league. But my knees, they are what they are, so it’s going to be tough. If anything happened, I would have to go through a real tough rehab situation just to make sure my body is right. But right now, the Big3 is where I’m at. I really love playing there, and I really love the competition. It makes me feel good because when the fans are there, it makes you feel like they just want to see you out there and play good basketball.”