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Blazers C Greg Oden underwent knee surgery

Posted on: February 3, 2012 2:15 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2012 6:43 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver
Greg Oden will undergo yet another knee surgery. (Getty Images)

The Portland Trail Blazers announced on Friday that oft-injured center Greg Oden has gone under the knife again.

Oden underwent a succcessful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee on Friday in Vail, CO. He underwent microfracture knee surgery on his right knee in Sept. 2007.

Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan told that a similar procedure could be required on his left knee as well.

"There's a chance that he may go undergo a similar procedure on his left knee in the coming days," Buchanan said. "That is to be determined. The doctors felt like after looking at the latest MRI in both knees, they wanted to take a closer look at both things."

Oden fractured his left patella in Dec. 2009 and underwent microfracture surgery in Nov. 2010. He has not had a firm recovery timeline since the most recent procedure and has not appeared in a game since December 2009.

"He's still considered out indefinitely," Buchanan said.

In addition to these procedures, Buchanan wouldn't rule out the need for further surgeries.

"It's hard to eliminate anything at this point," he admitted.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Oden said he would continue his rehabilitation after the procedure.

"I'm sure you've all heard the news by now that I'm having a scope on my knee today," the statement read. "Unfortunately after months of intense rehab and training, the doctors discovered that a scope is necessary at this time. Thankfully this should be a quick recovery and I'll be back to training soon. I'm committed as ever to doing everything and anything to get back on the court and be a part of the team's success."

Oden, 24, has played in 82 games since being selected as the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Oden's career averages: 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.


Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 8:37 pm

Blazers C Greg Oden underwent knee surgery

Maybe he should try his luck in the WNBA.....oh wait, they all got bigger balls than this chump!!!!!

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 3:00 pm

Blazers C Greg Oden underwent knee surgery

Blazers show part ways with this one. 

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:54 pm

Blazers C Greg Oden underwent knee surgery

greg oden

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:24 am

Blazers C Greg Oden underwent knee surgery

 He blew his knees out, what does that have to do with lack of drive or will to win? Are you really that obtuse? You attack my point of view but give no rationale for your idiotic comments. Lots of seven footers have very similar issues, look at Yao Ming. It doesn't mean he's sitting at home eating potato chips instead of rehabbing. I was pointing out that calling him a bust is stupid, a bust is a player who simply doesn't live up to his potential. Injuries happen, it's a part of pro sports. He hasn't spent nearly enough time on the court to be considered a bust, and when he has been healthy he's looked pretty good IMO.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:24 am

Blazers C Greg Oden underwent knee surgery

Well more bad news. Hope the recovery goes well. At this point I'm looking forward to his salary dropping pff the books.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:49 pm

Blazers C Greg Oden underwent knee surgery

lamroosh says:
Richyriches, what do you mean no one questions Oden's drive or will to compete?? I question it and I bet a lot of Portland fans do likewise. If he had such a great will don't you think he might've taken better care of himself along the way? He got by based on height in high school and college. Why is it he suddenly hit a medical brick wall when he was asked to play more than 25 games in a year? And yes, freak injuries will happen. A pair of blown out knees by age 25 is something else entirely. Oden IS a bust and he isn't going anywhere... unless you count Portland Memorial Hospital somewhere.
It is interesting how many Lakers fans are posting on an item for Portland's center of the future. Are they that worried? Or do they simply hat the team that wins against them every year in Portland?

This is a really silly post. It questions Oden's will and drive to compete and fails to provide a single fact to support that view The facts it does provide have nothing to do with drive or will to compete and even worse - are not facts at all. Let me enumerate:

  1. The idea that a Laker fan can claim to know Portland fan's view is intriguing - especially since there seems to be zero knowledge of Portland (see item 5 below.)
  2. The need for knee surgery is not based on 'taking care of himself'. I suggest you read if you still don't understand. Microfracture surgery is to repair a small area of damaged cartilage - in this case of the knee. This cartilage damage is not caused by not 'taking care' of the knee but a large area of damage might be cause by intensive use causing the cartilage to wear. The very fact that both knees qualified for microfracture surgery (small area of damage) denies your intended point completely.
  3. Oden got to the finals of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship with far more than height as there exist plenty of 7-footers in college basketball. In fact it took two future NBA starting centers (Noah and Horford) on the winning team and then Oden had far better production than either of those two.
  4. Oden's knees are not 'blown out' to need microfracture surgery - see the reference in 2 above.) One knee did have a shattered patella caused by - wait for it - too vigorous rehabilitation so that the muscles were so strong the pulled the bone apart. Doesn't sound like drive and will to compete were lacking.
  5. Portland Memorial Hospital does not exist and although this reference is likely to be made to inject a point that point would be possibly more effective if using a real hospital.

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:24 pm

Blazers C Greg Oden to undergo knee surgery

It's sad, this guy is my age and hasn't been able to live up to his hype and potential of being as good as projected. I give him til the 2014-15 season to blossom out for a good 4-7 year career. I still think there is something Greg Oden can show all of you.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:10 pm

Blazers C Greg Oden to undergo knee surgery

I went with Cal Ripken after realizing younger fans might not know who Lou Gehrig is.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:06 pm

Blazers C Greg Oden to undergo knee surgery

From a durability standpoint, this guy makes Sam Bowie look like Cal Ripken.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 3, 2012 6:05 pm

Blazers C Greg Oden to undergo knee surgery

From a durability standpoint, this guy makes Sam Bowie look Lou Gehrig.

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