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Portland released Greg Oden. End of long and winding road.

Mar 15, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT

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In it’s trade deadline moves Thursday, Portland took on a number of players (with expiring contracts, to free up cap space to rebuild on the fly) but in doing so at the end of the day they had 17 guys on the 15-man roster. Cuts had to be made.

One of those is Greg Oden.

The 2007 No. 1 overall pick who has not been on an NBA court in three years and is headed for a third microfracture surgery is finally going to be waived, according to Marc Stein of ESPN and multiple other reports.

The Blazers had brought him back on the roster this year but even then it was a reduced rate then his qualifying offer (more than $8 million) because they didn’t think he would contribute much. Then came word that a minor knee surgery became another microfracture. At that point everybody knew it was the end.

This move is not really a surprise. But it is the sunset on the Oden era.

  1. goforthanddie - Mar 15, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Thanks for trying GO, good luck.

  2. glink123 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Sad story. At least he leaves the game with $30 million in his pocket, for a total of 82 games. Hard to believe he earned more than Kareem did over his entire career.

    • ihatecomingupwiththesenames - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      Whoa. Great observation.

  3. raidmagic - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Wow another could be great gone before he started

  4. boilerup1869 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:29 PM


    • steelyres211 - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Jamarcus Russell was a thief, he wasted natural talent because he was fat and lazy. Oden was done in by injuries, a huge difference.

    • thesixersbench - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:44 PM

      Haters gonna hate. Just know that’s what you’re contributing to the world.

    • goforthanddie - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:25 PM


  5. lakerluver - Mar 15, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Man, this is sad. I know he has made more money in a few seasons of NOT playing than the majority of us will make in our whole lives, but as a sports fan this sucks. When he was at OSU I had doubts about his skills until I saw him go up against a Florida team with 3 future NBA players in the NCAA Title game. His performance in that game erased all my doubts, I felt he would be a dominant center in the NBA. Not only that, but he seems like a really good dude. As I said, it’s a sad, sad ending to a career that never got started.

    • genericcommenter - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:02 AM

      I had the same thoughts at the time. Plus Florida actually had 6 future NBA players on that team- 5 were drafted ( and actually made the teams) that year alone!

  6. pudgalvin - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Well, he’s still got a pile on money and a gigantic schlong.

  7. jcota1 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Oden was really a doomed project from the get- go. He was injury prone on college.

  8. danger19 - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Better hit up Kobe’s doctor!

  9. p1nch3dloaf - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    May you have a bright future in photography!

  10. storebrandcookies - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    A really sad story. I can see an ESPN “30 for 30” on Oden.

  11. 06mustang - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    I was at the Rose Garden when they drafted him. Place erupted. Championships! Championships! everyone was chanting. Well, at least we got to dream.

  12. thesixersbench - Mar 15, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    What a shame. Really hope he’s able to make a triumphant return one day, but microfracture surgery is like the kiss of death for NBA bigs.

  13. udub - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Greg Oden is not a bust. Injuries don’t make you a bust.

    You’re a bust when its your fault, when your play doesn’t come close to expectations or when your own stupidity off the court ruins your career.

    If you can’t play you can’t live up to expectations. It’s not his fault he was injured.

    • boilerup1869 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      What a naive comment. Greg Oden is the biggest bust in NBA history.

      You’re a bust when you don’t produce results that are commensurate with your hype and draft position (AND SALARY), regardless of the cause.

      This draft mistake is only slightly less severe than Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan, and at least Bowie “played” 11 NBA seasons.

      That Oden would take $1.5 million from the Blazers in a “renegotiated” contract is why he’s a thief. He should have been playing at the league minimum, considering how much back pay he owed them for 300+ games missed.

      • goforthanddie - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:59 PM

        You’re wrong.

      • boilerup1869 - Mar 19, 2012 at 1:59 PM

        no ur wrong

  14. cosanostra71 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    seems like a good guy and there’s little he could do about these injuries. I wish him luck- maybe he’ll be able to make a comeback some day. Doubt it but what a story that would be.

  15. huskersrock1 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    The story isn’t so sad, he made 30 million dollars for doing almost NOTHING. Congrats Greg.

  16. stoutfiles - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    It’s even sadder that the Trail Blazers now have a history of this.

    They pick Sam Bowie and the Bulls get Jordan.
    They pick Greg Oden and the Sonics/Thunder get Durant.

    Really unfortunate.

  17. starvingardens - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Greg!!! What a better chance than never than to sign here at Golden State!!! We’d give you a contract, cuz we love taking on players that have had problems with either their legs, knees, ankles, or feet. We need a big man!!!

  18. mistercharitystripe34 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    I still don’t get how Portland didn’t see this coming when they scouted/drafted him. Regardless, it’s a sad story for him. It would’ve been interesting to see if he could’ve rebounded to become a serviceable player, alongside Brandon Roy (without his own health issues). We would’ve seen a core group of Oden, Aldridge, Wallace, Roy and either Felton or Crawford.

  19. drew44 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    First the Blazers take Sam Bowie instead of Michael Jordan, then Greg Oden instead of Kevin Durrant. That sucks.

  20. j0esixpack - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    There’s no chortling from this Celtics fan. It’s always sad to see injuries deprive sports fans of what could have been an impressive career to admire.

    I also have no doubt that had the ping pong balls come up as the odds suggested they should, the Celtics would have used the #1 pick on him and would still be very very far from Banner #17

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