Tag:Greg Oden
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:38 am
Edited on: November 18, 2010 1:25 am

A history of Greg Oden injuries

Greg Oden's latest microfracture surgery on his left knee is another in a long line of injuries, whether he is injury prone or not.
Posted by Matt Moore

With the news that Greg Oden is out for the year, it's time to take stock of the inordinate number of injuries the young man has unfortunately suffered during his basketball career. This is not in regards to further ellucidating his supposedly fragile state, but simply to give perspective to the unfathomable string of bad luck or unavoidable damage he has incurred, depending on which side of the "freak accident vs. fragile body" side of the aisle you happen to sway to. What follows are just some of the injuries Oden has suffered in his basketball life.

  • In sixth grade, Oden underwent surgery to repair his hip . Following the surgery, one leg was then longer than the other, resulting in his unusual gait which is often misstaken for a limp.
  • His senior year of high school, Oden underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his wrist , an injury that kept him out until December for his freshman year of college, after which he helped push his team to the NCAA Championship Game, only to fall short.
  • On September 13th, 2007, during preseason before his rookie season, he underwent microfracture surgery to repair his right knee. He would miss the entire 2007-2008 season. 
  • He recovered from that and 2009-2010 was set to be his year. He was looking very much like finally the player he was supposed to be. Then on December 5th, 2009, he landed without contact on his left leg, and badly fractured his left patella . His recovery was projected to take him right up until training camp of 2010.
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:05 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:50 pm

LiveBlog: Blazers Oden press conference updates

With the news coming from a Blazers press release that Greg Oden's season is done before it began as he is soon to have microfracture surgery on hs left leg, the Portland Trail Blazers have scheduled a 12 EST press conference to discuss the injury. Ben Golliver is live at the arena and we'll be updating relevant information to you as well as hopefully some media from the event. Check back here for more info. Here's audio of the presser via Ben Golliver


  • 12:07 a.m. ET: Blazer president Larry Miller preemptively defends Portland's medical staff during his opening statement.
  • 12:09 ET: Nate McMillan: "A young man that's devastated." Says situation was "shocking news" ... Says he told Oden "he has to stay positive." Says "Some things you just can't explain."
  • 12:11 ET: McMillan backing his training staff: "We as society want to find someone to point the finger at... Sometimes things just happen."
  • 12:13 ET: Trainer Jay Jensen with his voice getting emotional: "This is a really tough day for us... Greg doesnt deserve what's happened."
  • 12:15 ET: Trainer Jay Jensen says Oden had normal exam just two weeks ago. But then knee was drained Tuesday. Swelled up multiple times this week.
  • 12:18 ET: "Defect in articular surface" in Oden's left knee was then revealed by MRI. Jensen says it was like a "kick in the gut."
  • 12:19 ET: Rich Cho on his medical staff: "I support them 100 percent."
  • 12:22 ET: As for the articular cartilage issue, Oden has a "9 iron divot of grass" like hole in his cartilege, says Jensen.
  • 12:23 ET: Jensen says it's in a totally different location than patella fracture but "certainly something in his workout in LA that triggered this." This injury is "very similar" to injury that led to microfracture in Oden's right knee, Jensen said.
  • 12:26 ET: Jensen on whether Oden will come back from injury: "I believe in Greg Oden..." says Oden's work ethic "gives me hope."
  • 12:28 ET: Jensen: "Greg is 22 years old... He has his whole life and basketball life ahead of him... I think he has a tremendous future ahead of him."
  • 12:31 ET: McMillan: "I will address the team tomorrow... For us, it's part of the game... We're hurt for him ... "We have to pull together, stay together, we have a game tomorrow."
  • 12:32: ET: Jensen on whether injuries cause him to reevaluate what he's doing: "Are you kidding me? ... Yeah, we ask ourselves all the time ... "There are a lot of things in medicine the aren't black and white. There are gray areas."
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:38 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:51 pm

Greg Oden to undergo microfracture surgery

The Portland Trail Blazers announced that center Greg Oden will undergo microfracture on his left knee. Posted by Ben Gollivergreg-oden-knee

The Portland Trail Blazers announced in a press release to the media Wednesday night that oft-injured center Greg Oden will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee. The surgery will end Oden's 2010-2011 season before it began.
Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee Friday and will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season, the Trail Blazers announced this evening.
Dr. Richard Steadman will perform the surgery with assistance from Trail Blazers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Don Roberts at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo.   Oden, 22, has been sidelined since fracturing his left patella in a Dec. 5, 2009, game vs. Houston. A recent MRI showed damaged cartilage to the surface of his femur, and his current injury is unrelated to the fractured left patella.   Oden previously underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee Sept. 13, 2007.
Oden has played just 82 games over the course of his 3-year NBA career and he is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season after not receiving a contract extension this fall.  Oden was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, and has been continually compared to No. 2 overall pick Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who has gone on to superstar status while Oden has struggled to stay healthy enough to reach the court.

For more on the history of Oden's injuries, check out our review here .

For more from Ben Golliver live at the Blazers' press conference, visit our livethread
Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:03 am

Shootaround 11.17.10: Lakers need some backup

Posted by Royce Young
  • With Theo Ratliff out 4-6 weeks and Andrew Bynum on the shelf still, the Lakers might be in the market for a short-term backup: “We have to have some support there interim until Andrew comes back,” Coach Phil Jackson said Tuesday. The Lakers will talk to the representative for free-agent Erick Dampier , though it might not be a good match for either side. Dampier will want more than a short-term contract, and the Lakers are looking for a little more mobility in the post."
  • Wilson Chandler wants to stay with the Knicks: "I'd love to be here," Chandler told FanHouse . "Just the city and just being close to the people in the organization. I just love being here. ... I think the future looks great (for the Knicks)."
  • Alan Hahn of Newsday: "Carmelo Anthony is making two franchises miserable right now. The Nuggets don't know whether their star will be back after this season and the Knicks are barely surviving without him. And before a lifeless crowd here at Pepsi Center, Anthony and the Nuggets barely held off the Knicks, 120-118, Tuesday night. The defeat extended the Knicks' losing streak to six games. Shooting was once again a major issue, especially from three-point range, where the Knicks were 9-for-31. It certainly wasn't a performance that would motivate Anthony to think he could be the missing piece to a championship team."
  • Blazersedge: "Sean Marks played six minutes and hit a mid-range jumper. I look forward to the day, reportedly coming soon, that Joel Pryzbilla's name appears on this line in place of Marks'. Paging you video fiends: a highlight reel of Marks running in circles while playing defense in the halfcourt would be pretty re-watchable."
  • By the Horns on a big performance by Derrick Rose: "Derrick Rose. Wow. When Rose got benched because of his fourth foul with 5:31 left in the third quarter, the Bulls were leading 60-58. By the time coach Tom Thibodeu subbed him back in to start the fourth, Chicago had fallen behind 71-63 and the Rockets seemed to have all the momentum on their side. Honestly, the Bulls couldn’t have looked any more discombobulated. Then Rose got ’em “combobulated” again."
Posted on: November 15, 2010 8:09 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:46 pm

Shootaround 11.15.10: Suns scorch Lakers

The Phoenix Suns get red hot from outside, Ken Berger checks in with the latest CBA negotiation updates, Evan Turner dorks out again, the Randy Foye / Brandon Roy 2006 draft night trade gets a second look, and a whole lot more. 

Posted by Ben Golliver
  • CBSSports.com's Ken Berger with the latest on the NBA's collective bargaining negotiations: "Commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver will match wits with union chief Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher of the Lakers on Thursday, Fisher told CBSSports.com. Fisher, who will be in Minneapolis on an off-day during the Lakers' road trip through the Midwest, will participate via conference call."
  • Denver forward Gary Forbes has been the subject of lots of Twitter jokes because his name sounds more like an investment advisor's rather than an NBA player's, but he's been a nice early spark for the Nuggets. Nuggets.com offers a nice profile, and discusses his battle with Type 1 diabetes.   
  • This video won't help Philadelphia 76ers rookie Evan Turner's cause against his critics, who hammer on his nerdiness. Turner sits in a dark room and discusses his basketball cards. "Did you collect cards as a kid?," Turner is asked. "I sure did," Turner replies. "I collected a lot of them." Steve Urkel status. Told that one of his rookie cards is worth $120, Turner replies, "That's a cool thing. I just hope the value doesn't drop." Get excited, Philly!
  • ESPN Radio "personality" Colin Cowherd, who has been immensely critical of Washington Wizards point guard John Wall for his pre-game dancing and supposed lack of leadership qualities, "has sold his life story to CBS for a sitcom deal," reports HollywoodReporter.com.
  • Way back during the 2006 NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers thought they got a steal when they traded Randy Foye to Minnesota for Brandon Roy. Moves like this by general manager Kevin Pritchard earned the term "Pritchslap" in Portland. But StarTribune.com notes that Minnesota was willing to do the deal, in part, because of concerns over Roy's knee. "One of the reasons the Wolves traded Roy for Foye and cash is their doctors deemed Roy's knees too much of a risk. Now, Roy is struggling with his health -- his left knee, in particular -- and he suggested recently that his most athletic days are behind him." Roy did more in his first four years in the league than Foye will do in his entire career, but his recent injury struggles are casting the trade in a new light. 
  • ESPN.com reports that second-year New Orleans guard Marcus Thornton, who was recently placed on the inactive list because the Hornets have brought in so many other guards, may be on the trading block. "The Hornets aren't eager to part with the 23-year-old, but word is they are prepared to do so if a suitable offer materializes. One problem, though, is that Thornton on his own can't bring much back in return since he's making only $762,195 this season. The flip side: Thornton will undoubtedly appeal to several teams because he produced like a starter as a rook and costs so little."
  • In other New Orleans Hornets end of the bench news, forward Joe Alexander got waived, reports Nola.com. “Joe was in a tough spot,” [Hornets coach Monty] Williams said. “He didn’t get a chance to play as much, and I just felt like he was going to need to go somewhere else and play so he could further his career.
Posted on: November 13, 2010 5:37 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:44 pm

What's next for Brandon Roy?

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy is playing on two post-surgical knees. What's next for his game? Posted by Ben Golliver
brandon-roy-knee We've been following the progress of Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy with interest this past week, as he first admitted that he was being forced to adjust his offensive game due to slippage in his athleticism and then work came down that he was dealing with knee issues again, getting his left knee drained multiple times this season. Roy has yet to miss a game this season, but he has called for reduced playing time to ease the stress and reduce the sweeling he's experiencing on his left knee. The Oregonian reports that there's no other solid option and that the problems are here to stay for Roy, who is just 26 years old. 
There's no meniscus left to operate on in Roy's left knee. 
"Nah. None. Not in my right, either," Roy said Friday. 
The reason Roy's knee has been swelling up regularly, to the point where it has already been drained twice by Blazers' doctor Don Roberts this season, is because there is no cartilage to absorb the pounding associated with running and jumping. 
"The problem is bone-on-bone there," Roy said. "Dr. Roberts calls it 'arthritic knee.' It's just something I'm going to have to deal with for the rest of my career." 
Concerns have existed about Roy's knees dating back to college and Roy has had multiple operations on his knees during his NBA career already, so this comes as no surprise. Indeed, Portland fans are breathing a sigh of relief because the other major option on the table, besides the current plan of limiting his minutes and providing extra treatment, was the dreaded microfracture surgery.  That Roy has been given the green light to continue to play this season without needing microfracture surgery essentially saves Portland's season. Without Roy, the deep and talented Blazers are likely still a playoff team, but they would be lacking a much-needed No. 1 scorer in the postseason and the loss of their star player and face of the franchise would have been a huge kick in the gut to the organization and its fanbase, which has already dealt with years of injuries from center Greg Oden. What will the Blazers and Roy look like now that the decision has been made for him to continue to play? It's still too early to say definitively, but there have some clues. Keep in mind Roy is in the first year of a 5-year, $80+ million contract extension, so both he and the Blazers have a vested interest in the long haul rather than the short term. First, Roy is no longer playing long stretches in the first half of games, instead being subbed out at the six minute mark of the first quarter so that coach Nate McMillan can get into his backcourt depth earlier in the game, saving Roy for the fourth quarter, where he has made his reputation as a big shot maker.  Second, Roy is seeing less touches in isolation and is looking for his jump shot rather than to attack the basket more than he has in the past. When he has gone to the rim, he appears to be looking to avoid the big hit. As such, his overall field goal percentage is down from 47.3% to 42.0% and his free throw attempts have dropped from 6.8 last year to 5.7 this year. These drops may not seem huge, but they are magnified given the slow pace that Portland plays and the team's emphasis on offensive efficiency.  Third, Roy's game this year hasn't been as multi-dimensional in the past. His rebounding and assist numbers are down and that affects the quality of looks both he and his teammates receive. Roy often racked up assists when teams would hard-double him. That's not happening any more, leaving his fellow perimeter players with less wide open jump shot attempts.  So when Roy says he has to adjust his game, these are the issues he is dealing with. As one of the league's most intelligent players, Roy is already looking ahead to changes he can make, which include receiving the ball in the post to set up a variety of turnaround jump shots from closer in, using more up-fakes in isolation to get his man in the air to earn trips to the foul line without drawing hard contact, and participating more in some of Portland's newer offensive sets, which rely less on Roy driving hard in isolation and more on inside-out passing and perimeter movement to find open shots.  Even with two bad knees, Roy would remain one of the league's premier jump shooters and trick shot artists given his exceptional shooting form and release. That will become the bread-and-butter of his offensive game, both in the short-term and in years to come. While that's disappointing and frustrating for Portland fans, it's not necessarily a death sentence for Portland's chances to win an NBA title. It does, however, put more pressure on Portland's big men, particularly Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge, to develop into complementary and consistent offensive weapons, particularly on the low block. Aldridge has been a reliable force early this season, but Oden remains a total unknown, with no injury timetable set more than 11 months after his latest knee surgery. At the end of last season, Roy told me that the Blazers needed to "cross [our] fingers" regarding Oden's return to the court. With Roy's latest news, Portland fans are slowly running out of fingers to cross. That endless superstitious hoping and waiting won't be alleviated until both Roy and Oden are back on the court, together. 
Posted on: November 4, 2010 5:42 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:28 pm

Elliot Williams injures knee, done for year

Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Elliot Williams is "likely" done for the season after suffering a dislocated patella. Posted by Ben Golliver elliot-williams
It's Déjà vu all over again for the Portland Trail Blazers, as the organization announced today that reserve rookie guard Elliot Williams, the team's first round pick in the 2010 NBA draft, will undergo surgery on a dislocated patella and is "likely" done for the rest of the 2010-2011 regular season.  Last year, the Blazers lost both Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla to season-ending knee injuries. From a team release...
The injury occurred Wednesday, Nov. 3, during court conditioning drills at the team's Practice Facility. Williams will be re-evaluated after surgery but will likely miss the rest of the regular season.
Williams is a high-flying combo guard out of Memphis with loads of athletic potential. But he had not yet cracked the rotation in Portland's crowded backcourt, even after the Blazers traded Jerryd Bayless to the New Orleans Hornets.   A more natural fit at the two guard position, all star Brandon Roy and reserves Rudy Fernandez and Wesley Matthews make finding playing time impossible at that spot. With veteran point guard Andre Miller, surprising rookie Armon Johnson and the decision to keep end-of-the-bench point guard Patty Mills clogging up the point guard position too, Williams has been on the team's inactive list for much of the preseason. Williams has had previous issues with his right knee, suffering a bruise during a pre-draft workout with the San Antonio Spurs that led the Blazers to hold him out of the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League for precautionary reasons. While this injury is not disastrous for Portland this season, it's another log on top of the fire for those who believe the franchise is cursed with injuries.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 11:55 am
Edited on: November 3, 2010 2:44 pm

Blazers set date for Przybilla's return

Posted by Royce Young

The Blazers will be getting their talented big man back Nov. 26. No, not that one. I'm talking about the other one. No, not Jeff Pendergraph. The other one. Joel Przybilla.

Jason Quick of The Oregonian reports the Blazers are targeting a home game against the Hornets on Nov. 26 as Przybilla's return date.

Przybilla ruptured his right patella tendon at Dallas on Dec. 22, 2009 and had surgery two days later. He re-reruptured the same knee in March when he slipped in the shower, requiring a second surgery on March 8. He returned to practice Oct. 10 and intended to play in the team's opener Oct. 26, but coach Nate McMillan felt he was still a little tentative with the knee.

Much in the Blazer way though, they're making due pretty well without Oden, Pendergraph or Przybilla. Portland is 4-1 with Marcus Camby as the only healthy center on the roster. Nate McMillan has done a terrific job of mixing lineups and moving players around. Camby at 36 years old is just seeing 27 minutes a game, but with LaMarcus Aldridge filling in at the 5, Fabricio Oberto helping and even with some small-ball lineups, the Blazers are making due.

They aren't necessarily a strong rebounding team at the moment, but they're holding their own. The Blazers are right in the middle of the league in rebounding and have a plus-3.2 differential.

So once Portland starts getting healthy, its only going to get better. Greg Oden doesn't have a timetable set yet, but the Blazers can plan on getting Przybilla back soon.
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