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Greg Oden helping Celtics with pre-draft evaluations

Former No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden has turned his attentions to coaching.

Oden, whose career was wrecked by knee injuries, is focused on a coaching career and has gotten started by helping the Boston Celtics with pre-draft evaluations.

“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,” Oden told John Karalis of MassLive. “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.”

Oden’s role allows him to work out with draftees and get a feel for coaching, while also allowing the Celtics to evaluate his potential as a coach.

Oden last made an attempt to play in 2018 with an unsuccessful attempt at joining the Big 3 league followed by a reserve role in The Basketball Tournament 2018. Now 31, he appears to have given up on that with an eye on coaching.

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