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Greg Oden had the German procedure Kobe had done on his knees

May 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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Greg Oden needs a break. A good break. He needs something, anything, with his health to go right. After so many knee surgeries I’ve lost count, Oden needs something to go his way to change his career and give him a second third fourth chance at living up to his potential. Everything that’s happened has gone the wrong way for Oden. So he’s turned to the miracle that has saved Kobe Bryant‘s knees. That experimental German procedure that Bryant and Gilbert Arenas tried? Oden’s had that done:

Oden, whose career with the Portland Trail Blazers was derailed by four knee surgeries, had the noninvasive procedure done in New York two weeks ago to accelerate the healing process on his left knee, which was operated on in February.

“Greg had long planned to have this procedure done,” one of the sources said. “He thought he’d wait until his knee was completely healed, but the doctor said Greg would get the greatest benefit by doing it now because it would help his recovery.”

via Sources — Greg Oden underwent same controversial procedure Kobe Bryant had – ESPN.

Oden needs as much help as possible. The Blazers released him after the trade deadline, finally cutting their ties after dealing with so much heartbreak. Not a bad thing for Oden, either, who had it intimated in an interview with ESPN earlier this month that the Blazers’ training staff didn’t treat him the best during his process.

If the procedure can give Oden any lift or stability back, he can still have a huge impact in the league. His raw size and skillset could still give him a productive career. But even this procedure and the way Kobe Bryant’s legs have responded  can’t provide much hope. It’s just been too long since we’ve seen Oden even play in an organized game. But at least he’s still trying.

  1. pdxbolt - May 19, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    As a lifelong Blazer fan…..I wish him the best of luck. But Sam Bowie 2.0 needs to look into other career options. Hang ‘em up kid…..maybe a career in photography?

  2. latchbeam - May 19, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Dude he’s only 24… plenty of time to come back. It really doesn’t matter how long he’s been out if the game with his massive size and freak ability.

  3. chitownjeff - May 19, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Come to Atlanta..no pressure…desperate for a five..cant walk jason collins out for another year!!

    • drunkenjunk - May 19, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      you got zaza

  4. captainwisdom8888 - May 19, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    It’s hard enough to battle against NBA players when you’re 100%…this guy can’t even win the battle against himself to stay healthy. Even if he gets well enough to play 50 games in a year, he hasn’t been playing basketball in game-situations for a LONG time…

  5. blacc24 - May 19, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    He should sign with Miami, cause if he can stay healthy might get a big contract and a ring.

    • cosanostra71 - May 19, 2012 at 11:57 PM

      or a second round exit at the hands of the Pacers

  6. phillyphan83 - May 19, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    Maybe the fact that he looked 40 when he came out of college was an indication there was something not right about this guy. Is he the Benjamin Button of the NBA?

  7. pswag - May 19, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    I demand a birth certificate… Dude looks like he’s 45

  8. metalhead65 - May 19, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    was rooting for him to come back and do well but if he signs with the heat then he can stay a bust.

  9. mungman69 - May 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Even if he is healthy there will be too much rust.

  10. abchome - May 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    It’s kind of scary to imagine him running, jumping… even if he can fully recover

  11. pitolove124 - May 19, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    His real name is Juan Pedro Soliz born in San Pedro Des Macoris, Dominican Republic in 1966. He got the fake iD from pick pocketing this kid at the FootLocker on 125th street in Harlem…

    • cosanostra71 - May 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      Fausto Carmona’s and Leo Nunez’ long lost cousin

  12. bleed4philly - May 19, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    Miami’s new center

  13. davidcl77 - May 20, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Even if he does come back, he will only get hurt again. This goes way back to his frosh year in college.
    Any team that takes a chance on him will only lose money. Some foolish team will take him, no doubt.

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