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Oden suffers setback, offer now less

Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:31 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Friday was a pretty bad day in Portland and there have been a lot bad days when it comes to the Blazers. First, Brandon Roy will reportedly retire and now there's news that Greg Oden has suffered an undisclosed setback.

The team in announcing Oden's one-year deal with the team made mention that he will be receiving less than the $8.9 million originally reported. Instead, Oden will get a figure lower than that because he had what the team would only call a setback to last year's microfracture surgery. The Oregonian has a few more details:

Oden on Thursday was examined by Dr. Steadman in Vail, and said he was given the nod to expand his activity, indicating he had made progress

But the Blazers, who didn't comment Thursday after his appointment, determined that he is less likely to return to the court this season

Oden's setback is with a non-weight bearing ligament. He has no symptoms and doesn't feel restricted, but there is concern w/ the fragility

Oden was said to be running and was looking to return to the floor in January, but that's unclear as to if it's possible now.
"Following Greg's most recent physical examination and evaluation, we've determined that he has suffered a setback," said team president Larry Miller in the release. "We're hopeful, but less confident that he will return to the court this season. We've stood by Greg from the day he was drafted and we continue to do so now with this agreement."

Said Oden: "I'm obviously disappointed with the setback, but I'm as determined as ever to return to the court. I appreciate the support of the Trail Blazers and our fans and that they continue to stand behind me."

Greg Oden's NBA career has basically been one big setback and this is just another in the long line of them.

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:17 pm

Oden suffers setback, offer now less

I feel so bamboozled.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:52 am

Oden suffers setback, offer now less

"UGA", the NBA Rookie scale is at a maximum of about $4mil per year, and that is now only guaranteed for 2 years with the 3rd and 4th being option years.  Teams aren't going to break the bank on a rookie bust in the NBA.  

I think Strasburg's situation is different than Oden's in that Oden was never a sure thing even if he stayed healthy.  I always believed that offensively, he was a completely watered down version of Shaq at best, and maybe could be a good shotblocker and rebounder against NBA competition.  There was also a lot of evidence that Oden was an injury concern, and none for Strasburg (except the fact he's a pitcher).  Strasburg was the surest thing ever with his 99 mph fastball, and sickening offspeed stuff, so dominance was going to happen with him, it was just a matter of health.  Who would have known that year 1 he'd tear his arm?

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:39 am

Oden suffers setback, offer now less

Stephen Strasburg is MLB's Greg Oden. They both got absurd amounts of money before they had proven anything at all. Rookies make way too much money in all sports leagues. The NFL was on the right track by lowering rookie salaries.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:40 am

Oden suffers setback, offer now less

While I feel for Greg Oden because he seems genuine in his desire to rehabilitate himself and play ball for Portland, when is enough enough?  Isn't it a little interesting that Oden would have passed his physical in order to sign his contract for 2011-12 and he has "a setback" right after getting back to camp?

Did he actually pass the physical before signing?  If he didn't, wasn't there language included in the contract that his salary would be dropped (or he would be dropped) if he wasn't able to progress and suit up?  Just after a league of owners gets a new CBA to curtail player salaries, it seems a little on the stupid side to sign a guy with Oden's health issues to a deal for what was reported to be just shy of $9 million for 2011-12.  This guy hasn't played a "full season" of basketball since he was in high school.  (I think he even missed games due to an injured wrist then, too!)

Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:35 am

Oden suffers setback, offer now less

Greg who?...who cares about this guy ? overrated from the start,had a roll thats it...had a few monster games ,was always hurt in college and whoever pays anything for him now is stupid..oh its the nba...stupid is as stupid does avg i.q in nba is under 80

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 10:18 am
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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:42 am

Oden suffers setback, offer now less

Why wouldn't he take less money from Portland? NOBODY else will have him and he certainly can't make that kind of money in his future career at Mc Donalds. Oden has been a bust from the get go. Ohio State featured him in the finals to benefit him in the draft instead of doing what they usually did and he cost the Buckeyes a national title. I am sorry that I don't feel the politically correct emotions when it comes to Greg Oden but it is shear insanity to pay someone who is simply not up to the task of doing his job. What Portland needs to realize is that he "IS" playing to his potential and that he does not even deserve a minimum salary in this league. It is not the Trailblazers fault that he is hurt nor that he is so fragile. Cut him loose and get on with your respective lives.

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:10 am

Oden suffers setback, offer now less

I can remember when the ping pong balls didn't go the way the Celtics had hoped and they lost out on the Oden sweepstakes. As it turns out, Lady Luck was on their side that fateful night. Oden has been a complete bust. Great talent but a fragile body incapable in standing up to the NBA grind. Portland, I feel for you and know how you feel. We lost Reggie Lewis and Len Bias so we're familiar with superstars with great promise disappearing in their prime of life.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:47 am

Oden suffers setback, offer now less

This is Sam Bowie all over again.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 10, 2011 12:20 am

Oden suffers setback, offer now less

Well this is real crapticular news. I was hoping he would get over the hump. Broght side if he can't play by next season, his contract drops, camby's drops and Roy drops off the cap. The Blazers will be major players in free agency in what is supposed to be a great class.

And in other news. Aldridge is out for upto 2 weeks as his heart condition resurfaced. Hopefully yhr Blazers go for lottery this season. They have no back up PF, center or PG. What a mess.  

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