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Greg Oden's summer of tonsils

Greg Oden talks about the surgery that's wiping out his summer, a new nickname, and if he's too nice. Q&A

Updated: July 13, 2007, 5:24 PM ET
By Sam Alipour | Special to Page 2

HOLLYWOOD -- Greg Oden really is 19 years old.

See, your typical old man won't come across problems like his.

"They're not looking good," said Oden, his darkened, cavernous mouth agape in a futile attempt to show this reporter his tonsils. "There's nothing you can do. They've got to come out."

Oden will have a tonsillectomy Saturday in Vancouver, Wash., a procedure that will end his stint with the Blazers' summer league squad prematurely and prevent him from joining the ...

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