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Greg Oden is out for the season, needs microfracture surgery on left knee

By Cindy Boren

Greg Oden is 3-for-4, in a really awful way: that's how many of his NBA seasons have ended because of an injury. Oden, the Portland Trail Blazers center who was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, will have microfracture surgery on his left knee and will not play this season.

"It's just really sad," Blazers Coach Nate McMillan said Wednesday night. "Shocking news to hear."

Oden, 22, hasn't played since December, when he had surgery to repair a broken left kneecap. This time, the Blazers said, he will have surgery Friday in Vail, Colo., to repair damaged cartilage. This injury is unrelated to the patella injury, the team says, and appears unrelated to any incident.

Oden, who missed his rookie season because of microfracture surgery on his right knee, was averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks when he broke his kneecap last year. Because he is injury-prone, the Blazers said last month that they would not offer him a contract extension, making him the first No. 1 pick since the Wizards' Kwame Brown to fail to get one at the end of his rookie season. That means Oden will be a restricted free agent July 1, although Porrtland would be able to match any offers for him.

Over his four seasons, Oden has played in 82 games, one full NBA season. Pity the Blazers: the No. 2 pick after Oden was Kevin Durant. Of course, this is a franchise that doesn't have great luck in the draft. The Blazers took Sam Bowie, with the No. 2 pick, over Michael Jordan in 1984. And, with the No. 1 pick in 1972, they took LaRue Martin over Bob McAdoo.

For his career, according to CNBC's Darren Rovell, Greg Oden has been paid $24,968 per point or $32,060 per rebound.

MORE

Career probably not over: Chris Mannix, SI.com

Roy's knee scarier to Portland: Adrian Wojnaroski, Yahoo Sports
Timeline: Oden's injuries

By Cindy Boren  | November 18, 2010; 5:21 AM ET
Categories:  NBA  
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Comments

Somewhere men are laughing and somewhere children shout.

And somewhere Sam Bowie is laughing.

For mighty Portland has struck out.

Posted by: bs2004 | November 18, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

And don't forget Dr. Scholes, Bill Walton, with his foot issues at Portland.

Posted by: GeneWells | November 18, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

and Isaiah Rider, prompting the "Jail Blazer" moniker

Posted by: anti1 | November 18, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

and Rasheed "Gimme Weed" Wallace

Posted by: harrybalz | November 18, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I would not lump Oden in with the Jail Blazers. This is just a case of his body breaking down; he might be a big man, but it's obvious his fragiliy is what keeps him from being a real athelete. It's a real shame.

Posted by: Handsome_John_Pruitt | November 18, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I'm with Handsome John on this one. Friggin' tragedy. Such a nice kid, too. Portland is grieving.

And for all this to be playing out down the road from Seattle, who landed Durant only to have their sports fan hearts ripped from their chests when the team bolted for OKC... suffice to say the Pacific NW has not been particularly blessed these past few years, NBA-wise.

(Though I guess Vancouver gave the region a net gain when the miserable Grizzlies moved away, so maybe that should be accounted for.)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 18, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I feel bad for Oden, I feel bad for Portland. I feel bad for Pennington, too. Maybe I just feel bad. (But seriously...poor Oden.)

Posted by: Cindy Boren | November 18, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"They Called me Mr. Glass" Samuel L Jackson, Unbreakable.

But seriously I feel for the guy. Oden is one of the best looking guys in the NBA

Posted by: jefferu | November 18, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Portland famously passed on Michael Jordan for Sam Bowie and now Kevin Durant for Greg Oden. If you gave me a choice of one player in the league to build around right now, it might be Durant.

Posted by: randysbailin | November 18, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I was afraid that this story would be about Oden literally being smashed to pieces like a delicate vase.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | November 18, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

It's sad to see a promising career get derailed by injuries like this. Atleast Walton had a few years to sow what he could do. Oden has been hurt every year that he's been in the league. It's a shame that he could'nt had atleast had a few years to enjoy his NBA opportunity.

Posted by: poeticfire | November 18, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

maybe he can have a better career in the porn industry

Posted by: JeroRobson1 | November 18, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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