You might have read the very good piece by the young hoopster on his Yardbarker blog.
Here is the text, in full, of the piece that ran in the Hotline blog:
COLUMBUS, OH – Greg Oden, the centerpiece of Ohio State University’s 2006-2007 Big Ten champion and national runner-up team, announced today his endorsement of Barack Obama.Good for Oden for getting interested and active, but truth is, there are very few "young people like him." You know, 7' 20-year olds who were #1 overall picks in the NBA draft and sign $20-some-million contracts with no degree or professional work experience.
The number one overall pick in last year’s NBA draft, Oden is a first-time voter, and he decided to speak out about this election because he believes America is at a critical juncture.
“Like a lot of young people, I’ve been drawn to Senator Obama’s campaign and the potential he has for our country,” Oden said. "Obama gives Americans, especially young voters like me, a sense of hope in politics. He makes us feel like we can come together for the good of our country. Topics like education and healthcare are very important to me, and I agree with Sen. Obama's views on these issues."
Oden will work with the campaign to reach out to young voters in Ohio and states that are still to waiting to have primaries, such as Indiana, where Oden was the high school basketball player of the year, and Oregon, where Oden plays for the Portland Trail Blazers.
“Greg Oden meant a lot to the state of Ohio, and we’re proud to have his endorsement,” Obama Ohio Director Paul Tewes said.
And I just find it difficult to take a guy who won't have to worry about health care for some time (stow away some of that $21 mil in a health savings account, would ya?) and one that simply made the obligatory NBA-mandated stop over in college seriously when he says, "Topics like education and healthcare are very important to me."
Call us crazy.