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Greg Oden to undergo 5th knee surgery on Monday

Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:31 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2012 1:44 pm
Greg Oden will undergo yet another knee surgery. (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 NBA Draft. On Monday, Oden is set to undergo his fifth knee surgery during those five years.

The Blazers announced on Monday that Oden will undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee in Vail, CO. Oden has not appeared in an NBA game since December 2007 and there is no timetable for his return.

Monday's surgery was expected. Back on Feb. 3, Oden underwent the same arthroscopic procedure on his right knee and Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan said at the time that doctors wanted to address his left knee as well.  

"He's still considered out indefinitely," Buchanan told at the time. "Having this procedure on the right knee and the possibility of his left knee doesn't increase the likelihood of him playing soon."

This procedure and marks the third time Oden will have surgery on 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.
In a statement posted on Facebook earlier this month, Oden said he would continue his rehabilitation.

"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 career NBA games, averaging 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.


Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:40 pm

Greg Oden to undergo 5th knee surgery on Monday

One of the Biggests BUSTS in NBA history...

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:39 pm

Greg Oden to undergo 5th knee surgery on Monday

Why hasn't this guy retired yet??? His GLASS, fragile frame was NEVER meant for basketball to begin with, and Comparisons to Bowie are an insult to Sam Bowie at this point.  If I'm Portland I would have cut this freak a couple seasons ago.  He needs another profession.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:31 pm

Greg Oden to undergo 5th knee surgery on Monday

When healthy? When is that? You can't coach size. You can develop talent, but you can't coach people into being more talented than they are. Okay, Greg Oden has size and talent. But you can't coach youth either. By the time Oden is ready to step on the court and attempt a comeback, he will be close to the middle age of his athletic career. I am somewhat of a minutes/snaps/innings played guy. I think those who play less when they are younger have longer careers. But there are limits to everything. Let's hope for the best. This guy is way ahead of the oft-mentioned Sam Bowie in talent.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:22 pm

Greg Oden to undergo 5th knee surgery on Monday

This guy can't win for losing man! "GO" has averaged more surgeries on his knees than points,rebounds,and blocks per game! If it wasn't for Aldridge playing like he's been playing for several years,you would be hearing nothing but "Sam Bowie Jr." in regards to Oden. The Trail Blazers have been "jinxed" because they lost Roy,Bowie,and probably Oden all due to knee injuries that have shortened their playing careers. Not to be rude,but Oden's talk of recovering from knee surgery and continuing his rehab is getting old....really old! He might as well face it that he's going to go down as a "big-time-bust" in the history of the NBA....Real Talk!

Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 6:11 pm

Greg Oden to undergo 5th knee surgery on Monday

That is a lot of time to be out of the game and with all his injuries the Blazers have to be wondering what caliber of player they now have after all of the surgeries and time spent rehabbing. You have to wonder if this is the final headline he will receive. Too bad that it is injuries keeping him out but at some point in time, the Blazers have to call it quits and let him go on his own. 

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:46 pm

Greg Oden to undergo 5th knee surgery on Monday

The question I'd be asking if I were Oden is why is there debris floating around in my knee that needs to be removed? Is it because they failed to get it all out when they operated previously, or is it a natural process of the knee adjusting to the operation and the meniscus spewing more debris as the joing settles in training? 

I feel for Oden. He's obviously put in the work and the time to get healthy, but it's been a long process of dealing with what his body can take. He's a big man with a lot of stress on his knees just from his natural weight. He has a lot of talent and a passion for the game. Money aside, why would he spend all this time and pain to try and get his knees right so he can play?

Being a Blazer fan, I want to see him play for the Blazers. I want it all to work out. But after a while, fans can get impatient and can be cruel. While I think he owes the Blazers for the money they've invested in him and the patience they've shown, I don't think he owes the fans anything and I wouldn't be surprised to see him move on to another team this summer. I think he's wise to be patient and let his knees heal and be right. He's still a young man, and basketball aside, has his own life to live and be able to be healthy in. But once (and if) he can get his knees right, I'm sure he'll show he's been worth the wait.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:43 pm

Greg Oden to undergo 5th knee surgery on Monday

The usual 'Oden is a bust' comments here but along with that some fans who seem to care about the struggles this young man has gone through. These last two surgeries are not from injury but apparently corrective surgeries which are not long-term rehabs but more minor compared with his three major ones. Oden will likely play in 2012-2013 or, if not, perhaps not ever again.

Greg has had a very strong work ethic in dealing with these rehabs and seems determined to return to his former prominence. For those who have forgotten he had a 17 point 13 rebound stint with a PER of 23 in 2009-2010. That is better than all other centers not named Dwight Howard. My take is that Greg will get back if it is at all possible. I love his determination and root for his success.

Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:35 pm

Greg Oden to undergo 5th knee surgery on Monday

In other news Sam Bowie congratulates Oden on taking away the title as biggest blazers bust from him.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:30 pm

Greg Oden to undergo 5th knee surgery on Monday

It's too bad this guy is always injured.  He had a lot of promise.   He may still have a decent career but he'll never be more than a journeyman.   Had he been able to stay healthy i think he could have been pretty special.  Guys that are his size with atletic ability just don't grow on trees. 

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:12 pm

Greg Oden to undergo 5th knee surgery on Monday

Could be a good idea for Portland to go the free agent route for a big man instead of drafting one.

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