Greg Oden, the first overall team in 2007, has some advice for the NBA rookies who play in the Summer League: go to bed early.
"They put you in Las Vegas for a reason," Oden said in Reiter Than You. "They want to see who will be attracted to all the external things, so make sure you're out of the clubs, the coaches are out there, and they're going to see you, you're not going to go unnoticed."
Oden, who played in the NBA from 2007 to 14, was an All-American at Ohio State, which led the Buckeyes to play the national title in their only college season.
He encouraged the rookies to learn everything they can this summer.
"This is the first experience of many guys in NBA basketball," he said. "As each game goes on, learn something from it, take some of it in. By the end of the summer league, you'll have a little idea of what the NBA game is like, do your best, you never know who It will give you a chance in the future or with whom you will meet. "
Oden's career was devastated by injuries, but he found a new home in Big3. Only 31, said he would consider a return to the NBA.
"I loved playing in the Big3," he said. "As these offers are now, I would definitely like to have the idea of going back to the league, but my knees are what they are, so it will be difficult, if something were to happen, I would have to go through a really difficult rehabilitation situation just to Make sure my body is okay, but right now, the Big3 is where I am, I really love playing there, and I really love the competition. "It makes me feel good because when the fans are there, it makes you feel like they just want to see you and play good basketball. "