Portland Trail Blazers’ Dream Deferred Again: Greg Oden To Miss Entire Season

November 18th, 2010 by David Burnett Leave a reply »
I just learned that the Portland Trailblazer’s often-injured center, Greg Oden, will miss the entire season. I don’t think I can possibly feel worse for an athlete. It is being reported that Oden will soon undergo micro-fracture surgery on his left knee. Oden, the former NBA overall No. 1 draft pick in 2007 has been incredibly injury-prone.

This season should have been Oden’s fourth in the NBA. Sadly, he has only played 82 NBA games since leading Ohio State to the NCAA championship game in 2007. Even then, as a college freshman phenom, and first-team All-American, Oden missed a number of games at the beginning of his single collegiate season, while nursing a lingering injury from high school.

One can only wonder why Greg Oden will be sidelined yet again. But there may never be an answer that makes sense. Sometimes things just happen. But the fact is, this once promising seven-footer, who some saw as the second coming of Bill Russell, Hakeem Olajuwon and Patrick Ewing, rolled into one, has now been injured for most of the last five years.

I first heard about Greg Oden seven or eight years ago. He was then a promising y ...

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