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Greg Oden: 'I won't be there opening night'

Posted on: September 27, 2010 8:07 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 8:09 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

As suspected, it doesn't sound like Greg Oden will be ready for the beginning of the NBA season. At Portland's media day, he said simply: "I won't be there opening night." Bummer.

Oden talked at Blazer media day about having "good days and bad days" with his injured left knee. If you forget, he underwent surgery on a fractured left patella last December. And I guess you could say recovery has been somewhat slow.

Rich Cho previously said Oden was "pain-free" but Oden talked at media day about experiencing pain in the knee. Dwight Jaynes enlightens us as to what's going on: "That's before he got patellar tendinitis," Cho told Jaynes. Bummer, again.

Remember, recently a Blazers' scout said the team hoped Oden would be available for maybe 65 games this season . And while that's still obviously possible, opening night just won't be one of those games.

For whatever reason, Oden just can't seem to get healthy. Whether it's just something like patellar tendinitis or there's a larger issue involved, Oden's got knee problems. And that's not good for a seven foot big man.

It's definitely not over for Oden and he may just need some extra rest and rehab. Remember, he's just 22 and plenty of players have come back through leg and knee injuries. The fear is that there's something substantial, something with long-term effects in there. The Blazers are doing the right thing and taking everything slow. Oden says he won't be ready for opening night, but the reality may be he's not ready until December or January.

Patellar tendinitis is sometimes referred to as "jumper's knee" and is common to players in a sport that demands lots of jumping. You know, kind of like basketball. Or compeitive jump-roping. But jumper's knee can be caused by overuse, muscular imbalance, misalignment of leg bones or being overweight, among a number of other things.

For Oden, some of those issues are probably in play, but it didn't list one that applies: bad luck.
Comments

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 4:25 pm
 

Greg Oden: 'I won't be there opening night'

I love how the ladies on this board call athletes who have suffered legitimate injuries (like a fractured patella, for instance) heartless or soft, or anything like that.  Like they have any clue what a serious injury does to an elite athlete - most of the guys on this board never even played in rec leagues, but like to sit around washing their gashes and complaining about injured athletes.  Too bad they have no experience or perspective to speak from.




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 11:09 am
 

Greg Oden: 'I won't be there opening night'

I think the "bust" label actually does fit Oden. You don't have to be bad to be called a bust. When a player does not live up to expectation, especially first-overall-pick-ahead-of-Durant expectations, then you have yourself a bust. I would say this is even worse than a typical bust because he isn't even on the floor. This is not a matter of not playing as well as some thought he could. He isn't playing at all. If they wasted a pick on Oden, especially when you think what they could be with Durant, then he's a bust.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 10:33 am
 

Greg Oden: 'I won't be there opening night'

It is time to give up on this heartles wonder. He is a Sam Bowie clone.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 9:32 am
 

Greg Oden: 'I won't be there opening night'

Some of you are hilarious, how can you call a guy who bust who has never even really gotten a chance to play due to injury?  It is not his fault he has gotten hurt, he has just been unlucky.  It's like people are bitter that he signed a big contract.  If he was playing, he would likely be worth every penny.  He is not playing due to injury, not because he has no skills.  Oden could be a great player someday and if he isn't, then it is simply because he got hurt.  There is nothing wrong with that and that is no reason to dislike the guy.




Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2010 3:50 am
 

Greg Oden: 'I won't be there opening night'

I guess we eventually add him to the NBA BUST..if he isnt there already..put him in the D League maybe he will get a D list ring



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2010 1:11 am
 

Greg Oden: 'I won't be there opening night'

hey blazers.....I WONT BE THERE OPENING NIGHT EITHER. or any other night you dopes. please just move this team to seattle already.



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:33 am
 

Greg Oden: 'I won't be there opening night'

Well...color me shocked.




Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:22 am
 

Greg Oden: 'I won't be there opening night'

Greg Oden is Hurt? Man Kevin Durant would have looked real nice a Blazers uniform.  Maybe Oden still has college eligibility left maybe he can go there build up his strength. Keep cash those checks Greg!



Since: Apr 2, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:15 am
 

Greg Oden: 'I won't be there opening night'

I know how he feels, I've had chronic jumpers knee for about 3 years now and I am only 25. It definately affects performance in whatever activity you do. I just started a workout routine to help strengthen my knee so I can get rid of it. I am sick of having to wear those stupid knee straps to do anything. I hope Oden recovers and can finally get his career on track the man has to much potential to just go to waste.




Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2010 12:03 am
 

Greg Oden: 'I won't be there opening night'

KEVIN DURANT WILL BE READY OPENING NIGHT


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