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Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season

Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:16 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 8:55 am
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Greg Oden underwent a second microfracture surgery on his left knee. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver 

It's been just under five years since the Portland Trail Blazer made center Greg Oden the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft. On Monday, Oden underwent his fifth knee surgery during those five years, and it was worse than expected.

On Monday morning, the Blazers announced that Oden would undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee in Vail, Colo. Instead, Oden underwent a second microfracture surgery on his left knee and his 2011-2012 season is officially over. He had previously been listed as "out indefinitely."

The procedure was performed by renowned surgeon Richard Steadman, who has operated on numerous professional athletes.
"Initially, Greg was undergoing a procedure similar to the one he had a couple of weeks ago to have debris cleared from his right knee," said Acting General Manager Chad Buchanan . "However, once the doctors were inside Greg's left knee, they unfortunately found articular surface damage and determined microfracture was necessary."

Oden, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, was selected by the Trail Blazers with the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. In 82 career games (60 starts), Oden has averaged 9.4 points (57.7% FG), 7.3 rebounds and 1.43 blocks in 22.1 minutes per game.

"This is not the news we were hoping for Greg or the organization," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. "It's hard to put into words the heartbreak for everyone involved, but especially for Greg. He's a young man who has experienced a great number of physical challenges in his playing career and today is yet another significant setback for him. We have a lot of empathy for Greg and his family during this difficult time."
A microfracture surgery typically has a one-year rehabilitation timeline.

This procedure marks the third time Oden has had surgery his left knee. He had left knee surgery in Dec. 2009 after fracturing his patella and he had microfracture surgery in Nov. 2010 to address an injury suffered during his rehabilitation process. 

Prior to undergoing the arthroscopic procedure on his right knee earlier this month, Oden had microfracture surgery on that knee in Sept. 2007.

Oden, 24, has played in 82 career NBA games, averaging 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.


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Comments

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 21, 2012 6:48 pm
 

Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season

Notpulling.....: WTF are you talking about?



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:06 pm
 

Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season

Notpullinout, I think you must have been looking for the foxnews.com bulletin board.





Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:25 pm
 

Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season

Larue Martin, Bill Walton, Sam Bowie and now Oden, if I were a 7 footer superstar coming out of school the last place I would want to be drafted is Portland. Bill Walton at least won a title there but the rest of these guys have been not only busts but damaged goods almost from the time they got drafted. My advise the next time you have a chanse to take a six foot six shooting gaurd from Carolina or a seven footer from Kentcky take the guy from Carolina.




Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:11 pm
 

Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season

Exactly how is he living off your tax dollars, more likely, you are benefitting from his tax dollars. Compared to his income, you're a welfare case.



Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 12:05 pm
 

Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season

An even better idea for ya why don't you go get a job and stop living off my hard earned tax dollars you worthless walk of life




Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:31 am
 

Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season

I am from central Ohio and watched this guys 1 and done at OSU very closely. He started his college career with a broken right wrist. He had to shoot freethrows with his off (left) hand for half of the season. and you know what he was over 70% lefthanded!  I also had the pleasure of watching him live (vs penn st) and the guy completley rocks the rim with authority i was 8 rows under the hoop in the student sect. for a MONSTER rebound dunk that was tremendous)! Having said all that am i the only one NOT surprised by this?





Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:30 am
 

Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season

Here is an idea: SEND THIS WORTHLESS PLAYER PACKING!


Here is a better idea:  SEND NOTPULLINOUT PACKING!

Oden did not ask for his knees to shatter.  I'm sure notpullinout's momma did not want him to go through life as a complete DoucheLord, yet here we are.




Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:28 am
 

Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season

Just CUT him!!!  Gasol is not safe, "its just business", and you mean to tell me Oden is?!?



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:26 am
 

Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season

"Oden, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season"   I'm sure teams are lining up



Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 11:26 am
 

Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season

I don't think this was a mistake pick for Portland. They needed Greg Oden. If you look at his career averages points/rebounds/minutes and have him fully playing 35 a game, he would average close to 20/10 per game. This is not on Portland his knees were so bad, and not on Greg Oden his knees were bad. I think the draft strategy needs to be reevaluated. PG/SG/SF/PF are good bets for leaving school early. Centers may need the 3 or 4 years for their body to develop and withstand the wear and tear of the NBA.


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