His 7-foot body had crumpled to the bathroom floor again, his head hanging over the toilet, the smell of alcohol oozing from his pores.
Greg Oden had been drinking all day, morning until night, as he did every day. He would take his final sip and fall into a dark oblivion every night. He would wake up and go straight for a bottle to get through the next day. Every time he ate, he would throw up.
The life of the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft had been whittled down to nothing more than a shell of an existence. Oden huddled in a dark house nearly 10 years after that triumphant moment, isolated, with alcohol-induced bulimia.
Oden, then 28, would stare at the television screen, watching clips of the player drafted No. 2 behind him, Kevin Durant, now a league superstar. The tears would flow.