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Blazers C Oden: Running is 'over 5 months away'

Posted on: April 9, 2011 2:19 am
Edited on: April 9, 2011 2:22 am
Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden says he is "over five months away" from being able to start running after his microfracture knee surgery. Postedgreg-oden by Ben Golliver.

Back in March, we noted an interview with Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden in which he said he was "nowhere near" returning to the court after suffering a season-ending knee injury earlier this year. Nearly a month later, and not much has changed.

During Friday night's game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Oden joined the Blazers Broadcasting telecast to provide an update on his rehabilitation from microfracture surgery on his left knee that he underwent in November. 

Oden said that, as of now, he's "still doing two-leg strength, body weight stuff" and that any type of on-court basketball activitiies are "very far down the road." 

Asked specifically when he might make a return to the court, Oden said, "I can say, over five months away. I won't start running until then."

Oden is now nearly five months out from his surgery so another five months would mean he wouldn't be cleared to run until almost 10 months after his surgery. Originally, doctors anticipated Oden would miss "at least a year" due to the microfracture procedure. 
Category: NBA

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: April 10, 2011 11:13 pm

Blazers C Oden: Running is 'over 5 months away'

Time for the Blazers to give up on this BUST.  Start looking for the next Kevin Duckworth.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: April 10, 2011 12:23 pm

Blazers C Oden: Running is 'over 5 months away'

Oden is essentially a bust from the original expectations, especially with the success of Durant turned superstar...BUT...If he can come back to play a healthy season and build his skills at the pro level he is young enough to be a good center.  Maybe end up like a useful player like Grant Hill...Its sad but if I were the trailbazers I would keep his rights bt would never build expectations around him.  Just treat him like gravey if he returns...

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: April 9, 2011 5:29 pm

Greg Oden is still worth support

While most of the nation has given up on Greg Oden as anything but a lost cause there are still numerous signs that say he will still return to being a factor for his team, the Portland Trail Blazers. Among those signs is the reality that Greg has not given up. He has been through microfracture surgery before (on the other knee) and knows he tried to return too soon the last time. But he clearly believes he will recover full use of this knee. The condition of Greg's other knee is another sign. That knee has been injury free since his return from microfracture surgery before his rookie year. The trainers and doctors describe that knee as now much stronger than it was before the injury. This knee, as well, is expected to make a full recovery and be considerably strengthed. Other players have experienced this as well - for example Amare Stoudemire and Zach Randolph. It takes more than a year.

Some have suggested that Greg will want to leave Portland (he is a restricted free agent in June 2011) to escape from the site of his three devastating injuries. Greg denies this strongly. He seems to love Portland and wants to repay the team for its support and care over these years.

Some have also suggested that Portland will want to dump Greg. Team President Larry Miller has strongly denied this, stating that the team would indeed make a qualifying offer ($8.8M) to Greg. The pattern deiplayed by the team in the past is to enter into a four year contract for a moderate increase to give the player time to recover and demonstrate his value. That could pencil out to be a $35M contract for Greg over those four years, an amount less than he is worth at the top of his game and more than he is worth if he cannot recover fully. In business the perspective needed here is opportunity costs. The Blazers are not likely to have an opportunity to acquire another player in the near future who is anything close to Greg's potential. Prior to Greg's 2011 injury he was playing All-Star quality games consistently. He still has the promise of becoming a dominant big man in the league. Hence the continued team commitment.

For the Portland fans the return of their dominant starting center to a play-off team is the stuff of dreams. A very stong team can become a legitimate contender with a healthy Greg Oden. Whether that return takes until October or January next year it is worth the wait.

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