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By Matt McCoy
Buckeye basketball fans remember what it was like...so do fans of Indiana high school basketball...maybe the NBA will see it too. Mike Conley and Greg Oden, on the court together.
Given the injury riddled career of Oden and the multiple surgeries on both knees, it's questionable whether a reunion of the two would produce the same success, but here's hoping it happens.
Oden has been attending classes at Ohio State for the last year, getting in shape and is preparing to attempt a comeback. There have been pubished reports that the Cavs are interested in giving Oden a shot, but Conley is hoping the number one pick in the 2007 NBA draft lands along side him--with the Memphis Grizzlies.
"I'd love for Memphis to reach out to him," Conley said on the Dan Patrick Show Wednesday on our sister station, AM 1230 Fox Sports Radio. "I think that would be a good fit for him, just being somewhere where people would embrace him...being around myself, you already have that relationship. Hopefully that will work out somehow and we can get him here."
Conley, a star for Memphis in thier run to the NBA's Western Conference Finals, said he still talks regularily with Oden. In fact Oden visited Conley last month during the Grizzlies first round series with the L.A. Clippers.
"He looked good and he felt good and said that he's really excited about this next year," Conley said. "I think a lot of people write him off because of his injuries but he's still young. He's barely 25...so you never know."
I only had the opportunity to cover the two for that one national runner-up season at Ohio State but they remain two of my favorite. Not only were they spectacular on the court but they carried themselves exceptionally off the court. The injuries to Oden have been tough to see. Whether it's Memphis, Cleveland or somewhere else, here's hoping he makes it back.
Conley also talked with Patrick about the NBA playoffs and the Grizzlies 0-2 hole against San Antonio. You can check out the interview below.
Feud Turns Ugly
When Sergio Garcia complained about Tiger Woods golf etiquette at The Players Championship and the two then exchanged barbs it seemed petty, but it was entertaining. Time now for both of them to shut up...especially Sergio.
Garcia, attempting to be funny, stepped over a line you don't want to cross. When he was jokingly asked at the European Tour Awards, whether he and Woods would meet for dinner at next month's U.S. Open to mend fences, Garcia said, "We'll have him around every night. We will serve fried chicken."
The racial overtones of the remark brought back memories of Fuzzy Zoeller at the 1997 Masters. Garcia apologized later Tuesday night but made a more public apology Wednesday.
Woods, via Twitter, called the remark "inappropriate" but also said "I'm confident that there is real regret that the remark was made. The Players ended nearly two weeks ago and it's long past time to move on and talk about golf."
Let's hope so. If you missed Sergio's mea culpa---here it is.
Celebrity Sports Gala Coming Up
I'm honored to again be the emcee for the annual "Celebrity Sports Gala" on Thursday June 20 at the Ohio State University Union. The featured guest this year is Ohio State director of athletics Gene Smith.
The Gala is a fundraiser for Recreation Unlimited and is always a special and emotional night. You'll soon be hearing more promos and conversation about the event on the air. If you're interested in joining us, click here for more information.