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Blazers C Greg Oden: I am able to run again

Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:52 pm
Edited on: October 27, 2011 6:58 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivergreg-oden

December 5, 2009. That's the last time Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden played in an NBA game.

Needless to say the last two years have been a long journey. Oden has endured multiple knee surgeries and sweated through endless rehabilitation since that last game, against the Houston Rockets. His agent said that he underwent interventions, he visited a sports psychologist and he told a newspaper that he had "definitely cut back" on drinking and partying.

Back in June, the Blazers extended Oden an $8.8 million qualifying offer on the hope that he might make good on the potential they saw when they made the 7-footer the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

The details of Oden's current rehabilitation have remained mostly a mystery, as he has been virtually invisible during the lockout, working out in Los Angeles and only rarely agreeing to interviews.

On Thursday, Oden provided the first true update to his status in months on his official Facebook page.

"In LA right now working out," Oden wrote. "I ran the other day for the first time in awhile. Felt good!"

The message comes two weeks after Oden noted: "Hoping this lockout ends soon."

Back in April, Oden said that he was "nowhere near" returning to the court and that being able to run was "over five months away." 6 1/2 months later, running is finally in his rearview.

What does that mean for his future availability? Well, it's one indication that he is on -- or nearly on -- schedule. In June, Oden's agent, Bill Duffy, said it could be January 2012 before Oden returns to the court. By comparison, Oden missed 13 months after undergoing microfracture surgery prior to his rookie season. A January return would mean a 14-month recovery from his most recent microfracture surgery, which was performed less than one year after he underwent surgery on the same knee to repair a fractured patella.  

The Blazers are seemingly tied to Oden for the long haul despite his injury history. Aging center Marcus Camby or playing franchise power forward LaMarcus Aldridge out of position are their only other options in the middle. Oden is set to enter restricted free agency once the ongoing NBA lockout is lifted, but it's unclear what his market value will be. It's also unclear whether he would prefer to sign the one-year qualifying offer with the Blazers so that he could become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2012 or to negotitate a long-term extension. 

Oden, now 23, has played in just 82 games combined in the four seasons since he was drafted out of The Ohio State University. He has posted career averages of 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.1 minutes per game.
Comments

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:06 pm
 

Blazers C Greg Oden: I am able to run again

so what. there's no league and none of us want the league to return.
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Then get the hell off this board and crawl back in your hole. If you do not want to watch the NBA go away and watch hockey. Who cares. Why are you making your stupid comments?



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:37 am
 

Blazers C Greg Oden: I am able to run again

so what. there's no league and none of us want the league to return.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Blazers C Greg Oden: I am able to run again

I have read most stories on Greg Oden for two reasons. First I genuinly feel for the man. He had everything going for him coming out of college. The three knee injuries would have stopped most players and brought on retirement. Greg has persevered in rehab and has worked amazingly hard at both rehab and his game. And for those who do not know, only Dwight Howard has better on-court percentages as a current center in the NBA.

The second reason I follow this story is because a dominant center is a trump card in the NBA. There are and have been so very few. Greg's tangibles coming into the league were better than Shaq's at a similar age. Many here remember how other NBA teams were desperate to get a big center to counter Shaq. After his first surgery Greg bulked up in rehab taking his weight to 282 from 257, still very low body fat. But that additional muscle was the reason for his second injury -  a shattered patella (knew cap). It seems the muscles on both sides of the patella were so strong they literally pulled the bone apart! In his second rehab Greg lost some of that weight and then went down with another micro-fracture to the opposite knee from the first. Prior to that injury Greg proved how dominant he would be on court. He was the team's primary paint defense (a factor that had hurt the team ever since on defense.) In his third rehab Greg has set a goal to return to 257 in order to lessen the intense pressure on his joints.

The article here is disingenuous by quoting his quitting partying. That quote was several years ago during his first rehab. The Blazers delivered a qualifying offer to Greg before the lockout. They believe he is going to be a big factor going forward. They note that the first knee, after the micro-fracture has been stronger than originally before the surgery. They expect the same result in the second knee. They note that the age of the player going through micro-fracture has much to do with regaining explosion. Amare is the only other player I know of that went through this at a similar age and Amare is among the top players in the league.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Blazers C Greg Oden: I am able to run again

Greg Kite will be thrilled to have his name removed from among the top 5 biggest bust ever... what a kite day.
Coors4life -- you're an idiot if you think Greg Kite is anywhere near the top 5 biggest busts ever.  Nobody dreamed Kite could be a team-changing and future all-star center in the NBA.  Even if you just compare Kite to the lottery draftees since 2000, I can easily come up with 10-15 players off the top of my head who were bigger busts than Kite.

Kwame Brown #1 overall
Greg Oden #1
Jay Williams
Darko Milicic
Stromile Swift
Hasheem Thabeet
Adam Morrison
Shelden Williams
Dajuan Wagner
Shaun Livingston
Eddy Curry
Robert Swift
Sebastian Telfair



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Blazers C Greg Oden: I am able to run again

What do you expect from a dude who voted for Harry Truman?



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 7:49 am
 

Blazers C Greg Oden: I am able to run again

Oden has glass knees. It's good for him people are willing to pay him millions for having surgeries, but the team shouldn't expect much at this stage. This isn't the first time this has happened in Portland- remember Sam Bowie...over some guy named Michael Jordan. Maybe the Blazers should cut back on partying so much too, before the draft.



Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 4:11 am
 

Blazers C Greg Oden: I am able to run again

Just one thing - Oden or no Oden, Blazers have not had any problem putting fannies in the seats. It doesn't matter whether he can make up some sort of arbitrary career defiicit, either. It's only a matter of whether he can be a productive piece of a competitive team. If he can do that, everyone will forget about this troubled chapter of his career. If he doesn't, he'll be the bust most say he is. That's all. But never make the mistake that a healthy Oden = A sold out Rose Garden. The Blazers mean more to Portland than that.



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:27 am
 

Blazers C Greg Oden: I am able to run again

Greg Oden = Biggest draft bust ever since Kwame Brown
i cant make THIS comparison because Brown didnt show the talent when on the court, Oden just cant stay on the court.



Since: Jan 31, 2008
Posted on: October 29, 2011 7:50 pm
 

Blazers C Greg Oden: I am able to run again

give him 40 min. and thats 19 15 and 3.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Blazers C Greg Oden: I am able to run again

Greg Oden = Biggest draft bust ever since Kwame Brown. Greg Kite will be thrilled to have his name removed from among the top 5 biggest bust ever... what a kite day.


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