Oden Is Headed For A Ricky Williams Breakdown

When Greg Oden entered the league, he was seen as a fun-loving kid who just happened to look 45. Well, now his persona is reportedly matching his appearance, taking a nose dive just when a number of middle-aged stock brokers watch their retirement pension funds go up in smoke. Hey, you’d be pretty depressed, too, if you lost $3 million in a week.

oden with puppy

(Leave Greg and his puppy alone. They’re sulking.)

Oden? This guy should be happy with one of the world’s greatest lives. He’s an immensely compensated professional athlete who lives in a beautiful city that wants nothing more than to love him as he resurrects the franchise. The problem is that, while the Trail Blazers are clearly on an upswing, Oden hasn’t been the catalyst. That’s left the big man more than sulky, according to PORTLAND OREGONIAN beat writer Jason Quick on Portland’s 1080 THE FAN sports radio on Wednesday. Here’s the best pull from what Quick had to say:

I can’t really stand to be around him. He’s such a downer. He’s not a very fun guy to be around and he’s not a very fun guy to talk to. I think his teammates like him, but that guy is not interacting with very many guys in the locker room right now. He can’t let go of being Greg Oden. I think he’s obsessing with all this expectations. Until he starts having fun again playing basketball, he’s not going to get better. I don’t know how he’s going to do that.

That sure sounds like early burnout, doesn’t it?

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Please Keep Sharp Objects Away From Yao Ming

With the Beijing Olympics coming to an end yesterday, I have no doubt there are some people out there who are upset about it. I know I’ll miss the games a bit myself, because while the Olympics are going on I always have something on television I can watch. However, some people are taking the end of the Games a bit harder.

Yao's Depressed

I mean, I’m kind of sad about it, but if you listen to some folks, it’s as though their lives & their world are coming to an end. Take Yao Ming for example, who when asked about the Olympics finishing up sounded like a 15-year old girl who had just been dumped by her first love and had to put her dog to sleep on the same day.

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