June 21, 2011
When Greg Oden(notes) was selected first overall by the Trail Blazers at the 2007 NBA draft, he was heralded as the most impactful player to enter the league since LeBron James(notes), the kind of guy who could reshape the league landscape. Four years later, he's played in just 82 regular-season games and doesn't look likely to make a huge impact anytime soon.
But that doesn't mean he's not a media celebrity. In the video above, you can see a TMZ reporter ask Oden whether or not he expects himself and the rest of the Heat's Big Three to stay in Miami. Because, for some reason, the reporter thought he was LeBron James.
It's an easy mistake to make considering both Oden and James are tall African-American men who get paid to play basketball. Why, just the other day I saw Derrick Rose(notes) on the streets of San Francisco and asked him if he thinks he can repeat as MVP next season. It turned out to be Ekpe Udoh(notes), but I'm pretty sure anyone would have been confused.
On the other hand, Oden probably prefers this mix-up to the last time he was on TMZ.
(Video via PBT)