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Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

Posted on: March 14, 2011 11:44 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2011 11:44 pm
Portland Trail Blazers injured center Greg Oden says he's "nowhere near" being able to return to the court. Posted by Ben Golliver. greg-oden-video-interview

In a video interview posted on that was conducted on Monday, Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, who has been rehabilitating since undergoing microfracture knee surgery in November, was asked whether he has been able to resume work on the basketball court.  

"I'm nowhere near there," Oden admitted. "I mean I just started doing two-leg squats like two weeks ago. I've got like a month and a half of just doing that. Putting weight on one leg, that's all I can really do right now."

Oden's statement is the most recent and complete update on his progress since a Blazers scout said in January that Oden was still walking with a cane. The news comes roughly four months after he underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee on Nov. 19, 2010.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Oden didn't appear in a game for the Blazers during the 2010-2011 NBA season. His daily rehabilitation routine is keeping him busy, however. "I can do cardio here, on the bike, on the elliptical, stuff that's not a lot of weight bearing," Oden explained. "And then I lift. That's basically what my day consists of: rehab, cardio, lift, and pool at the end of the day."

Asked if the routine was growing tiresome, Oden said that it was. "It definitely is a bummer, but I know that's what I need to do to get back out there. So I go out there every day and I do it." 

In case you're interested, Oden listed Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard as the best big man in the NBA and said he's most looking forward to facing Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

Oden, who is set to become a restricted free agent this summer, said that his goal for the next two seasons is simple: "To be healthy." 
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Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: March 18, 2011 1:11 am

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

I think Greg will come back and the Blazers will sign him.  I don't see him playing 10 years but I think the Blazers will get a few productive years from him before this is over.

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: March 16, 2011 8:13 pm

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

Can we stop caring about Greg Oden already? He is one of those guys that is just a big goon who played well in college but the pro game is too quick so he gets hurt.  He will never be a relevant force ever again, he hasn't played substantial basketball in a few years and has too many injuries. This guy and Yao Ming should just retire while they still have the ability to walk.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: March 16, 2011 9:01 am

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

I hope he can finally get - and stay - healthy and get a few good years out of his time in the NBA. He had so much promise when he was drafted and he's busted his ass to rehab everytime he gets hurt. It would be nice to see his work finally rewarded.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:40 pm

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

he looks like a bum in this picture...... OH YEAH he is a bum, he is a pure injury prone player.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:17 pm

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

your name says it all. that is about as mean a thing i can imagine.

here the gty has serious injuries because, why, because he is a stiff. he is not a stiff.

did you see the guy play. he can play. and the fact the celts passed on kevin durant, you should eat\
your shorts buddy. you inow who kevin durant reminds me of. well, much like a young kevin garnett.

same name, different game, but same kind of game.

if you get that. which i have my doubts.

lighten up; even athletes are people first.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2011 8:38 pm

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

Challenge for the West?   Are you borrowing Oden's vicodin?  Wow, that is a huge statement to make seeing as how Oden has absolutely nothing in the NBA.  He is completely average.  He was a men amongst boys in college.  Now that he is facing teams/guys as good, or better than him, he is showing that he is just another flash in the pan player.  Left college early to get paid.  Now he will have no NBA career and lets be honest here...he is dumber than a box of rocks.  Bankrupt in 2 years?  I think that is fair to say.  Portland will never EVER challenge anyone for the West.  I take that back...maybe for being the worst of the West in a few years.  Maybe Drexler can come back and play.

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: March 15, 2011 8:38 pm

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

I am so happy the Boston Celtics did not get this stiff and they passed on a guy name Kevin Durant.  Although I am hoping Greg Oden comes back and has a good career.  He needs to not worry about this year and try to make the best of it next year.

Since: Jan 20, 2010
Posted on: March 15, 2011 6:57 pm

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

all the best oden hope you get healthy and more importantly stay healthy! stay positive

Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 4:46 pm

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

Yes, but also Amar'e's legs dont have a 4 inch differential as well...

Thats like driving a car on different size tires...your gonna F something up eventually.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:38 pm

Greg Oden: I'm 'nowhere near' return to the court

Ummm...No, this is just NBA logic. Oden (A center with a history of health issues) will sign with the team that needs to replace their center with a history of health issues. So using that non-common sense theme, my guess is he will sign with the Houston Rockets!!!

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