Either Greg Oden is determined to make yet another NBA comeback or the oft-injured 7-footer has a dark sense of humor.
Oden, the No. 1 pick of the 2007 NBA draft, was spotted at his alma mater Ohio State's basketball game against Marquette on Tuesday. Oden, who suffered chronic knee problems before making a comeback with the Miami Heat last season, was wearing a shirt that could be interpreted one of two ways:
That time grumpy Greg Oden wore a shirt that says "Basketball Never Stops" Awkward... pic.twitter.com/wJGyE5ZS7p
— SportsNation (@SportsNation) November 19, 2014
Perhaps Oden, only 26, is determined to catch on with another NBA team. He stayed healthy, albeit in limited playing time in 23 games, during his stay in Miami. Oden's latest setback is legal, as he has been charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury and two misdemeanor battery counts after reportedly punching his girlfriend in the face. Oden has pled not guilty to the charges.
Or, maybe Oden was just going for a laugh at his own expense. Despite his enormous potential, he only played in 82 total games for the Trail Blazers. He's considered one of the biggest NBA draft busts of all time. Plus, he's been known to wear humorous shirts in less-than-funny situations.
Twitter were quick to point out the irony in Oden's shirt:
Am I the only one that sees the irony in Greg Oden wearing a Basketball Never Stops shirt
— Sean Ryan (@Mr_SeanRyan) November 19, 2014
Greg Oden wearing lies. pic.twitter.com/7WQ6E8kWHx
— @KGTrashTalk (@KGTrashTalk) November 19, 2014
Greg Oden sighting! that shirt is a lie tho pic.twitter.com/Qt5Uv8kWyG
— Kyle Inman (@DrHoopenstein) November 19, 2014
That's a pretty ironic shirt you're wearing there, Greg Oden. pic.twitter.com/fAUAQJXbG5
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) November 19, 2014
"But Knees Do" RT @hochman: Greg Oden in the stands of the Ohio State game, wearing a shirt that says "Basketball Never Stops."
— *Clever Name Here* (@MightyWhoregon) November 19, 2014
greg oden at a game with a t-shirt that says "basketball never stops" dawg
— drew. (@KWAKUSPEAKS) November 19, 2014