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Canzano: Greg Oden's Bad Decisions Require Self-Reflection

Reacting to a lengthy and candid interview of Greg Oden published on Wednesday, John Canzano of The Oregonian writes that the former Portland Trail Blazers center's time in Portland was full of bad decisions that he needs to reflect upon. ----------------------------- Good on Oden for speaking to his friend. Good for the friend for writing about it. But if the aim of the piece was to humanize Oden, no thanks. He was humanized just fine by the line of bad decisions he made in Portland, ranging from his injuries to his admission about alcohol abuse to that photograph to that dastardly faux-hawk haircut to his sporadic training regimen and an evident disinterest in being around the team in the end. What's more human than Oden, once again, failing to accept any responsibility for being a bust and instead blaming Portland? I get it, Greg. You've got plenty of money. You'll live. You blame a lot of things for your inability to get it together. Sorry that people still ask you for autographs. But what I have yet to hear, see or feel, is Oden looking deeply at himself and his own failings. ----------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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