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Greg Oden's Last Healthy Game

Considering Greg Oden wasn't fully healthy during his year at Ohio State, I realized that I saw the last game Oden played at full strength. Lawrence North took care of Muncie Central in the 2006 IHSAA State Championship Game, 80-56. With the youthful joy he expressed that night it was like watching the beautiful butterfly break out of the cacoon. His work as a kid was done, time to spread his wings on the big stage. Hard to believe it will be more than two years since that night in March 2006 before the full force of Greg Oden has a chance to play without being shackled by injury.

Here's to a full recovery so we can once again see Oden at full strength, exuding joy on the basketball court.