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Today in miserable, miserable Greg Oden news: Greg Oden is not healthy enough to have surgery yet

Feb 17, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

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From the invaluable Blazersedge comes this nugget of awful news about Greg Oden:

Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan: After 2 weeks, C Greg Oden is still not cleared medically for L knee surgery because of ankle blood clots

From the sound of that, it could be a long while before the #1 pick in the 2007 draft is actually playing basketball again. Hopefully Oden can make an NBA return at some point down the line, but the day will come soon when the Blazers will have to decide how long they want to keep their ultra-talented but stunningly brittle young center, especially since he’s still making good money.

  1. glink123 - Feb 17, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Dude needs to forget about the NBA, and just concentrate on being able to walk without the help of a walker before the age of 30. It’s over. It’s been over for almost 4 years people.

  2. goforthanddie - Feb 17, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Unless he signs for veteran minimum, non-guaranteed, I’m betting he’s done in Portland. He’s not even good enough for practice, they can sign someone who is.

  3. chiadam - Feb 17, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    I hope Greg Oden eventually makes it back to the court, but let’s be real. That’s not in the cards. And Portland looks dumber by the day. Oden had the typical big-man injury issues in college. And isn’t one leg longer than the other? No offense, but passing on Durant to gamble on a big man you know is injured is just stupid.

  4. 00maltliquor - Feb 17, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Waive the white flag Greg, just give it up. He will never play another NBA game again. People need to stop pretending like he will someday and he needs to just worry about himself and if he will be able to do something so simple that you and I take for granted everyday like just walking around the house. I just hope he doesn’t own a 2-story.

  5. plum13sec - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    I am convinced that he has a forged birth certificate. Everything about him says he his 30+

  6. isujames - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    I smell, i smell P-U-S-S-Y!!!!!!

    • goforthanddie - Feb 18, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Then take a bath.

  7. 140chrviolation - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Hey John, did you know there were so many knee specialists who read your work?

  8. asublimeday - Feb 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    You’re all morons. Ride the money train until it hits the last stop.

    Look at Matt stafford and Rex grossman. It eventually sort of works out…kind of.

  9. legeisyaj - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Hate to say it…but…who cares?

  10. losangelasbasketball - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Hes a good dude…thats why is sad. Props to portland franchise for spending as much as they could to get the big fella healthy.

  11. phillyphever - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Why is this even a story. News flash people: he’s done. All he is right now is one of the biggest busts in NBA history and one of the biggest mistakes in Portland history. No wonder Pritchard isn’t the GM there anymore.

  12. 16x8equal49ers - Feb 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    The Porcelain Giant nuff said.

  13. metalhead65 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    he may be done but don’t you actually have to play before you are labled a bust? I fail to see how his body failing him is his fault. like he waited till he got his payday then decided his knees should go bad.he just got dealt a bad hand but happened to get rich before it got handed to him. if he did not care about the game why would he put himself thru all the surgeries and rehab?

  14. frenchy121212 - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    I lost a bet to a friend. He said before Oden played a game, he wouldn’t score 2500 career points.

  15. lemfax - Feb 18, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    Needs long term rest and comeback. He still young. Ask ghILL

  16. Amadeus - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Get him to lie down and use him as a speed bump

  17. glink123 - Feb 18, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Grant Hill carries about 100 less pounds of weight in his knees than does Oden. Greg Oden is done. He managed to walk away with more than $50 million from the NBA, so I don’t particularly feel bad for him.

  18. poohman1975 - Feb 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Portland when there is supposedly a “can’t pass up” center on the board and it’s your pick, pass him up. Centers just aren’t your thing.

  19. tonystrong - Feb 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Portland had a chance at Michael Jordan and Kevin Durant and drafted Sam Bowie and Greg Oden. Has any franchise in NBA history messed up more then them?? I don’t think so. Tough to top those mistakes. Let this be a cautionary tale on teams who think they HAVE to draft the big man just because he’s a big man!

  20. dexterismyhero - Feb 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Actually he can join AARP. He looks 55 years old!!!!

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