Greg Oden, Another Season Lost: Where To From Here?

November 18th, 2010 by Emile Avanessian Leave a reply »
Wednesday night, it was reported that for the second time in his young career, Greg Oden will lose an entire season to microfracture surgery. Shortly after being selected first overall in the 2007 draft, Oden lost the entirety of his rookie season to microfracture surgery—a procedure intended to stimulate cartilage growth—on his right knee.

This time around he will have the surgery on his left knee. Blazers trainer Jay Jensen said at a press conference that Oden has a hole in the articular cartilage on the end of a bone in his knee and that the cause of the damage remains unclear.

"We sat there and it was like we'd been kicked in the stomach," Jensen said, choking up. "It felt like hearing someone close to us had died." 

In addition to the microfracture procedures that have now cost him two seasons, Oden has also missed significant time due to a pair of patella injuries—the most recent of which was a fracture in his left patella—took place in December 2009 and cost him the last 61 games of the 2009-10 season.  By the end of the 2010-11 season, which would have been (or technically is, I guess) Oden’s fourth ...

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