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Today in ultra-miserable Greg Oden news: Greg Oden is going to have microfracture surgery for the 3rd time

Feb 20, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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Wow, this is terrible. According to the Oregonian’s Jason Quick, Blazers center and 2007 #1 overall pick Greg Oden is going to have to undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee, which will be his 2nd microfracture surgery on that knee since Oden came into the NBA. Oden has also undergone microfracture surgery and his right knee and fractured his left patella since entering the NBA, which he did after playing with a broken right wrist throughout much of his one year at Ohio State.

Needless to say, Oden is out for the rest of this season, and will, even in a best-case scenario, miss much of the 2012-13 season. Oden has only played in 82 games since being drafted, and hasn’t played an NBA minute since December 5th, 2009. This is the part of the Greg Oden injury story where we remind everyone that Oden has shown great promise when he’s actually been on the court and is still only 24 years old, but the chances of Oden’s knees forcing him to retire before he gets a shot at a legitimate NBA career are looking greater and greater.

When asked about Oden, Blazers team president Larry Miller said “It’s hard to put into words the heartbreak for everyone involved.” We wish Oden as speedy a recovery as possible, and hope we haven’t seen the last of such a promising young center on an NBA court.

  1. Bryce - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    I’ll be Greg Oden sucks at basketball now lol, it’s been so long since he’s played!

  2. Bryce - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    I’ll bet Greg Oden sucks at basketball now lol, it’s been so long since he’s played!

    • sasquash20 - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      What a douche bag Bryce is. I’ll bet on the first post where this putz forgot the t, he voted for thumbs up. The only one to this point.

  3. only1stew078 - Feb 20, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    Truth is the Blazers have move on without him on the court. He hasn’t play in forever, and other then the hope of management which doesn’t want to go down with another wasted draft pick. I bet the owner hates to see Durant play….wishing what could have been?

  4. tonystrong - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    It’s over for this kid. We haven’t seen any player come back from that micro-fracture surgery and be the same EVER. Those players only had one surgery, this is his 3rd, 2nd on one knee. People are going to say he’s young and still give him a chance but the facts don’t lie. The kid’s knees just aren’t going to give him a chance. What a shame!

    On a side note, let this be a an example to future drafting teams. You do not have to take a big just because he’s a BIG. The Blazers have now done it twice and have missed out on Michael Jordan and Kevin Durant. Teams do it all the time, they take the big because big’s are commodity or they over pay for a free agent big just because of his size. The Blazers passed on Durant for Oden and because they already had Brandon Roy at the 3. Neither guy is on their roster right now. Sad!!!

  5. smartbutlazy - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Look, I feel bad for the guy, but that is tempered to some extent by the fact that he’s made enough money to last several lifetimes. Move on, be a college coach or something.

    • spartybeaumont - Feb 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM

      Or graduate from college

  6. 6thsense79 - Feb 20, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    when it’s all said and done the Blazers will have lost two cornerstone players to injury. Brandon Roy and Oden. This is a team that should be battling Oklahoma city for best young team in the west. Sad.

  7. AlohaMrHand - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    But it won’t effect his ability to post penis photos however.

  8. seanb20124 - Feb 20, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Oden reminds me of Freddy Adu, With the whole age thing. Hope he recovers well

  9. lancer255 - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM


  10. againsville - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    I thought oden was like 50 when he was at ohio state

  11. cordae - Feb 20, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Could you imagine..

    Roy, Crawford, Wallace (or even Batum), Aldridge, and Oden???

    The thought of being that close to a lineup like that and never seeing it due to injury is heartbreaking. It sucks, because the Blazers front office has been one of the better ones in the league in recent years.

  12. carolinakid - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Just plain sucks ! Injuries have crippled the Blazers for sure. Sad to see.

  13. glink123 - Feb 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Sam Bowie. Brandon Roy. Greg Oden. What is the Blazers trainer putting in the water? jeezus.

  14. asublimeday - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Save your money, dude.

  15. raidmagic - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    That’s a bummer for him. He should just call it quits now so he can walk when he is 30

  16. starvingrdens - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    As a fan of the game… You can only hope for the best. Maybe he might want to go to Kobe’s place in Europe to get treatment on everything that’s ailing him. Heck… It can’t hurt, plus he should do it right now since he could afford it.

  17. brianbosworthisstonecold - Feb 21, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Take care of your knees, please.

  18. cluelessdufus - Feb 21, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    though it mabey to say he is a bust but overall he never really got a chance hopefully if the blazers don’t keep him he gets another chance

  19. bleed4philly - Feb 21, 2012 at 7:56 AM

    The poor Portland fans. Sam Bowie #2, could’ve had Jordan and Durant.

  20. jordanaires - Feb 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    He certainly can’t be called a bust. You actually have to play & stink to be a bust. It’s just unfortunate

  21. GT - Feb 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Why on earth did they give him that last extension, I think it was $8.4 million? A terrible gamble on their GM’s part.

    Super sad story, I’m sure he would have rather had the chance to earn the money than be made wealthy on potential alone. At least he won the genetics lottery before the knees gave out.

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