In case there were any doubt, former No. 1 overall draft pick Greg Oden has ended his basketball career.
Per the Indianapolis Star:
“Oden is enrolled this semester at Ohio State, a 28-year-old sophomore majoring in sports industry. Asked whether he’d play basketball again, he said, ‘I wish. It’s over.’ Instead, he is back with the Buckeyes as a student coach, helping out the players and Matta any way he can.
“‘I wouldn’t say I regret anything,’ Oden told IndyStar Thursday in a phone interview. ‘I would say I just wish I did things better.’
‘Because if things had been done better, if luck had been on his side, if injuries hadn’t happened, he might not be restarting his life at the same place the dreams started.
“‘I’m like, 10 years later, I’m back in line,’ Oden said. “I definitely feel like an old man.'”
For the record, Oden averaged 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds over three seasons (105 games) with Portland and Miami. He was selected one pick ahead of Kevin Durant in 2007.