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Greg Oden is not coming back any time soon

Apr 11, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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Bad news for Blazer fans, courtesy of CBSSports.com’s Ben Golliver:

During Friday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Oden joined the Blazers Broadcasting telecast to provide an update on his rehabilitation from microfracture surgery on his left knee that he underwent in November.

Oden said that, as of now, he’s “still doing two-leg strength, body weight stuff” and that any type of on-court basketball activitiies are “very far down the road.”

Asked specifically when he might make a return to the court, Oden said, “I can say, over five months away. I won’t start running until then.”

It’s fairly common knowledge that nobody comes all the way back from microfracture surgery the season after the procedure, but this is still tough to year. Oden is one of the most physically gifted 7-footers we’ve seen in years, and his body has completely betrayed him.

He hasn’t been a failure because of poor attitude, poor work ethic, poor basketball IQ, or anything else that he could presumably have some control over — when he’s been on the court, he’s been very productive, if a bit foul-prone. But for some reason, his knees have required three major surgeries in four seasons, and he may never live up to the promise he showed as an uber-prospect.

I don’t know if Greg Oden will ever come back — there’s a chance this major surgery could be his last one, and he’ll come back the way Blake Griffin did, and there’s the chance that he’ll never be healthy enough to play for a full season. What I don’t understand is why anyone would derive any pleasure from the latter scenario.

  1. philtration - Apr 11, 2011 at 8:29 PM

    Hard to believe that this has happened to the same team twice.

  2. tubal22 - Apr 11, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    When your playing on 44 year old knees, you’re going to start wearing down.

    • philtration - Apr 11, 2011 at 9:53 PM

      He looked old when he was in college.
      There is no way in hell that I would have drafted Oden over Kevin Durant.
      You could see that Durant was going to be a great NBA player when he was at Texas and he should have been a no brainer 1st pick in the draft.

      How good would Portland be right now with Durant?

  3. pudgalvin - Apr 11, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    When the team knows about knee injuries when they draft a player, it’s not that hard to believe. They took a chance or Roy’s knee being ok when other teams wouldn’t.

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