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Abbott: Enough Excuses From Greg Oden

Reacting to a lengthy and candid interview of Greg Oden published on Wednesday, Henry Abbott of TrueHoop writes that the former Portland Trail Blazers center needs to take responsibility for the events of his life. ----------------------------- Somewhere around there I reached the point of enough already with the excuses. NBA players have the right to get their own medical advice, apart from the team, whenever they want it. Players do that all the time. But Oden never really pursued that too aggressively, which blows my mind. ... Maybe it's too tall an order to expect an injured young athlete to take charge of complex affairs in that way. It's normal and right to make mistakes when you're young. That's cool. But it's getting past time when we can blame anybody but Greg, for instance, for things Greg did or didn't do. The truth is he has had a ton of bad luck and a ton of good luck. Put it all together, and he can create all kinds of success and happiness, and we won't have to keep hearing such sad stories. ----------------------------- -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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