Greg Oden Dunked a Basketball Without Breaking Himself in Half (Video)
Normally when a seven-foot, 273-pound center dunks a basketball, the only thing you’re worried about shattering is the backboard.
Not when that center is Greg Oden, though. When it’s Oden—a.k.a. the most breakable man alive—you’re worried he might just shatter every brittle bone in his body. You’re also worried he’ll destroy half his ligaments and somehow manage to get a concussion. That’s how injury-prone this 40-year-old has been in…wait, sorry. Oden is only 25. My bad.
Anyway, the point is, Oden is made of glass. When the Miami Heat signed him this summer they weren’t counting on him to be healthy. They were just taking a minor gamble that maybe, somehow, he would make it back to the NBA and play basketball games. And if that happened, all of a sudden they’d have a highly skilled seven-foot, 273-pound center coming off the bench. Zero risk, lots of potential reward.
So how’s the experiment working out? So far, so good. Oden is coming along, practicing, and showing why he was the number one overall draft pick in 2007. And last night, during Miami’s preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans, the kid actually dunked a basketball.
It was the first time he’d done that since 2009, and he landed without shattering his kneecaps.
Take a look: