Greg Oden Received Counseling To Deal With Injuries
Portland Trail Blazers Greg Oden, the former No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, has received professional help to deal with the mental aspect of recovering from his numerous injuries according to Bill Duffy, president of BDA Sports agency which represents Oden.
“Counseling, therapy, interventions, just to let him understand all the pressures, not to put too much pressure on himself,” Duffy told Portland radio station KXL. “Everybody needs that. Not just an athlete but someone to talk to and share your thoughts and your concerns and just get reassurance. If you do things the right way, stay patient, keep your eye on the prize, you’ll be fine.”
Oden, who can become a free agent later this month, has played in 82 games in his four year NBA career with the Trail Blazers. He missed his rookie season and the 2010-11 season while dealing with microfracture knee surgeries and a broken patella. Oden had his latest microfracture surgery in November, and the procedure typically takes a year to heal.