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Greg Oden to have microfracture surgery, out for season again

Nov 17, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

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Greg Oden is about to miss another season with his second microfracture surgery, the team has announced. Another injury to his knees, something that has to make you question if we will ever see the injury plagued former No. 1 overall pick on the court again. The Basketball Gods have it in for this man, sadly.

The team also announced that Brandon Roy will be out two games.

Oden missed his rookie season due to microfracture surgery on his right knee. Last December he injured his left patella and missed the rest of the season. It is that left knee that now will have the microfracture surgery (which helps stimulate cartilage growth).

Since being drafted, Oden has played in 82 of a possible 256 regular-season games. When he plays, Oden has has been good, he just hasn’t played much.

Oden had had some mild workouts recently, usually before games, in hopes of getting back on the court. He had a more strenuous one on Sunday, which was followed by fluid buildup in the knee that had to be drained, team doctors told the media. Out of that came more tests and finding the need for the surgery. There was not one specific incident the injury was attributed to.

The Trail Blazers did not sign Oden to an extension, meaning he will be a free agent come July 1 (he is the first No. 1 overall pick not to be offered a deal after his rookie contract since Kwame Brown). It will be interesting to see what kind of interest is out there for him. Other players, such as Zydrunas Ilgouskas, had knee issues that looked like they would end a career but were able to bounce back and be productive. Oden, however, will apparently never be productive on the level expected of a big man taken in front of Kevin Durant.

  1. thetooloftools - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    Come home to the Cavs Greg..come home to the Cavs.

  2. thestudiokida - Nov 17, 2010 at 11:35 PM

    Oden has a bright future as a D-league allstar.

  3. takemytalentstosoutheuclid - Nov 18, 2010 at 7:33 AM

    Kurt-

    A correction. Zydrunas Ilgauskus’ issues were with his foot, not his knee. he still has multiple screws in the foot from surgeries in the late 90’s. It seems as if this may be a lot more serious than what Big Z went through, although he did miss parts of three seasons and went on to play in multiple all star games.

  4. indicanuk - Nov 18, 2010 at 7:40 AM

    Zydrunas had a problem with his feet not his knees early in his career in Cleveland. I know Z missed his rookie season though because we also drafted vitali potapenko(sp?) the same year.

  5. ocgunslinger - Nov 18, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    As a rule, big men with these type of leg/knee problems rarely bounce back. In this case unfortunately he never did anything in the NBA to bounce back from. Sadly, from a competitive sports standpoint, he will never accomplish or meet the anticipated expectations to reach his potential but he is obviously set for life financially regardless.

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