Former teammate Mark Titus chats with the former No. 1 pick out of Ohio State.


Greg Oden in happier times (Dispatch file photo)

Remember when Greg Oden was Biggest Man On Campus at Ohio State? When he seemed to be living a charmed life? When his most pressing problem seemed to be a Benjamin-Button-like tendency to age backwards?

Those halcyon days are over. The Portland Trail Blazers recently released Oden after a career defined by injuries (338 missed games in five seasons) and off-the-court scandal (those naked photos that surfaced online). After coming up one win short of a national title at Ohio State, his pro career has been a flop by any measure.

Grantland staff writer and Club Trillion founder Mark Titus played with Oden at Ohio State and met him a decade ago when both were promising youth prospects in Indiana. All these years later, with Oden's career in limbo, Titus sat down with Oden for a rare interview. It's a must-read for anyone who ever gawked in disbelief at Oden's monstrous frame and unwieldy talent.

Remember the good times: