Earlier today Greg Oden held a conference call and said some real interesting things.
Basically, he acknowledges that he is aware of what we’re aware of. He has a body beyond his young age of 25.
“I got an old body,” the 25-year-old center said. “I’m going to put it like that. I understand. My body is not going to be when I was 18, able to run all day and jump over people. I can’t do that now. It’s just not going to happen. My knees, the wear and tear of the surgeries, I understand that. But I’m going to play as hard as I can, and I’m going to try to jump over people, and I’m going to try to run all day. If my body lets me, I’ll do it.”
“After three years of being out,” he said, “I’m just going to go and do what I can, and my body is going to do what it can. If somehow it says no, then it says no. But, for me, I’m not even worried about that. I’m just going to go play and not even think about that.
“If it doesn’t, I have to deal with it when it happens. Right now, I just want to go play.”
TOLLIVER JOINS CHARLOTTE
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer is reporting that the Bobcats and free agent forward Anthony Tolliver have agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum.
The 28-year-old forward averaged only four points and three rebounds for the Atlanta Hawks last season. He appeared in 62 games and shot just 38 percent from the field.
MUHAMMAD TO D-LEAGUE?
Last Wednesday, Minnesota Timberwolves rookie guard Shabazz Muhammad was sent home from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program for violating of a rule and bringing a female guest into his hotel room, according to USA Today Sports.
Timberwolves President, Flip Saunders, is now saying that he could find himself (Muhammad) in the D-League to start the season.
This is what Saunders told KFAN’s Dan Barreiro regarding the Muhammad situation via ProBasketballTalk.com:
“In our league, you have to be disciplined and being ‘disciplined’ is being able to adhere to whatever rules are given and you gotta abide by the rules,” Saunders said on the local radio host’s show. “So that’s been disappointing. But when I talk to him, he’s either gonna learn the rules and learn to abide by things with the big boys or he’s gonna really quick learn a geography class: where Des Moines is in the NBDL down in Iowa.”