Oden, whose career was derailed by a series of surgeries on a problematic knee, has been working with the Boston Celtics to help evaluate players in much the way Kendrick Perkins was earlier this month, with the hopes that the experience demonstrates an ability to connect with players in ways that could signal a potential future in coaching.
"I’m done playing. I helped out at Ohio State for the past three, four years. So I just kinda hit the bug on me ... I enjoy working with the players. I enjoy that side of it ... Just to help out with the pre-draft stuff and see what happens from it ... I’ll take that opportunity from it. It’s the freakin’ Celtics."