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Greg Oden to have another knee surgery. Ugh.

Feb 3, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

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This is not something you should gloat about, this is not a time for “I told you so.” This is a sad addendum to a long story.

Greg Oden is going to have another operation on his knee, the team has announced. This one is to “remove debris” from his right knee (which was the “good” one that hadn’t been giving him trouble in recent years). This may be routine, but it is still another surgery.

What’s more,Oden has had blood clots in his left ankle which has slowed recovery, reports

“It’s accurate that they found a blood clot in Greg’s left ankle,” Buchanan said. “Out of respect for Greg, I don’t want to release further details but up we have the utmost confidence in the doctors in Vail that they will do what’s right for Greg.”

But wait, there’s more… there could be a similar surgery coming for his left knee, Blazers acting GM Chad Buchanan told

“There’s a chance that he may go undergo a similar procedure on his left knee in the coming days,” Buchanan said. “That is to be determined. The doctors felt like after looking at the latest MRI in both knees, they wanted to take a closer look at both things. It’s still to be determined on his left knee.”

Oden had microfracture surgery on his right knee in 2007 and would later have the same surgery on his left knee. Oden has played in just 82 games since he was drafted ahead of Kevin Durant, and has not set foot on a court since 2009.

Oden’s option for this season was picked up by the Blazers, but was negotiated down from the $8.8 million it would have been to $1.5 million. After this season he will be an unrestricted free agent.

  1. slopmcflop - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Well, considering he looked 60 years old when he was drafted at age 18, maybe he’s got like a Benjamin Button thing going on. In 10 years, we’ll be talking about how Oden is the most dominant player in the game at the ripe age of 34, playing like he’s 21 with inexplicably healthy knees. That would make as much as sense as this 18 year old having 60 year old knees, I’d say.

  2. dsimp724 - Feb 3, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    They should remove half his dong to relieve pressure off his knees. You try lugging that thing around

    • icu84bs - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:08 PM

      Sounds like Oden is in the w(r)ong business then…

  3. goforthanddie - Feb 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    At least Miami will have an option besides Eddy Curry this offseason.

  4. dieseltrain - Feb 3, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    Biggest bust ever!

  5. david8726 - Feb 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    At this point, this guy needs to be most concerned if he’s going to be able to walk when he’s 50. Not if he can play basketball ever again.

    I think we’ve reached the point where he needs to hang it up – For his own sake.

  6. j0esixpack - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    It’s amazing when you think of how downcast Ainge and the Celtics were not to get the #1 pick in 2007 as they were statistically expected to.

    That Celtics luck works in mysterious ways

  7. cinnalocks - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    This guy played on a high school team with Josh McRoberts, LAKERS and Mike Conley Memphis what a team….G.O. had a tremendous up side and plenty of potential too bad it did not work out.

  8. lemfax - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Oden needs to rest not only a single season but two or three or four if needed to regain his body condition. He still young… Don’t take a rush on your knee. That’s ur main assets… Right mr grant hill?

  9. ogbobbydeas - Feb 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Its ok for G.Oden aka O.G. . His son LeBron can carry on the tradition as they were the 1st Father and Son to play in the NBA at the same time

  10. lemfax - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    2 to 4 yrs resting season for oden. He still young, just needs time to regain the condition of his knee.. Its a matter of time and we will see… Right mr GH?

  11. phillyphever - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Kevin Pritchard’s has to be banging his head on the wall every single day thinking “I should have drafted Kevin Durant”. Basically cost his job taking this bust.

    • genericcommenter - Feb 3, 2012 at 8:32 PM

      Not really, considering he did what everyone else would have done. It was the expected pick. It’s not like he reached and did something unexpected. The clarity of Durant being a better pick ( and he had his detractors and question marks at the time) is from the benefit of hindsight.

      • phillyphever - Feb 3, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        Think they might have also checked Roy as well?

  12. cosanostra71 - Feb 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    It’s too bad, he has a ton of talent. Gotta feel bad for the guy. I’m an avowed Ohio State hater, and I truly enjoyed watching him in college.

  13. claymatthewsisonsteroids - Feb 4, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    The Bob Sanders of the NBA.

  14. jgray30 - Feb 4, 2012 at 5:23 AM

    Wow Oden is never gonna get to develope his game..what a shame hed probably be a beast on the court by now

  15. AlohaMrHand - Feb 4, 2012 at 7:36 AM

    Before you start comparing him to Sam Bowie remember Bowie played for about 10 seasons ,granted he was clearly never the player he was supposed to be coming out of college but he was effective coming off the bench. Oden may never play another game.

  16. willardj - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    That’s a damn shame. If this guy could ever get healthy he would be a star.

  17. mnsadsportsfan - Feb 5, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    Hang it up dude

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