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Oden Out for the Season September 13, 2007

Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, NBA, Sports.

After undergoing knee surgery on Thursday, #1 draft pick Greg Oden is expected to miss the 2007-2008 season.

Microfracture surgery was performed to repair the damaged cartilage in the knee, and Oden will be on crutches for at least 8 weeks.  He is expected to make a full recovery within six to twelve months.

On Tuesday, Oden described having some pain in his knee on his personal blog:

On my vacation earlier this summer I got up off the couch and remember my knee having a sharp pain in it. That was about a month ago. I didn’t tell anyone because I didn’t want to seem like I was complaining or making excuses for anything. Plus I wasn’t doing anything at the time I realized it hurt, so I figured it couldn’t be anything big.

Oden goes on to write that after a couple of weeks, the pain evenutally got so bad, that he had to tell someone.  He and his mom had a doctor look at the swollen knee, and were told he would need surgery.

I was really looking forward to seeing Oden play.  I think he was going to have a decent season and show flashes of the great player the Blazers think he can become. I’m curious to know if his season could have been saved if he had seen the doctor as soon as he began to feel pain in the knee.  That two weeks of waiting probably only made it worse. We fans will just have to wait one more season to see Greg Oden in a Blazer uniform.


1. K.C. - September 13, 2007

Its to bad he will miss the start of the season and maybe the whole season the key here is to be patient and not rush back i.e.( Amare Stoudamire) Hes a young kid whos going to do great things if the Blazers management doesnt rush him back. Theirs a part of me who hopes that the blazers dont make the playoffs because if they do that will put more pressure on the organization to bring him back.

2. Marquis Chapman - September 13, 2007

If the Blazers don’t make the playoffs, but have a little winning streak going towards the ends of the season, Oden may very well rush back just to be a part of that success. I hope the coaches are patient with him and don’t let him rush back too soon.

3. Jason Wilson - September 13, 2007

If Portland truely wants to build their franchise around him, then they will not rush him back.. My main concern, this is the 2nd health issue since they signed him..

4. Marquis Chapman - September 13, 2007

I think many people share the same concern. Oden had the issue with the tonsils and now the knee injury that will keep him out for the entire season. Let’s not forget that he also had the broken wrist in the beginning of his freshman season at Ohio State.

5. Sportsattitude - September 13, 2007

This guy is starting to look like he’s going to be regularly “broken” in one way or another. Sometimes the sports gods are cruel. I was really, really looking forward to seeing him compete and this is a big setback for the NBA, who needs all the feel-good stories it can get and loses the whole Durant-Oden, resurgent Pacific Northwest vibe.

6. Marquis Chapman - September 13, 2007

Yeah, the NBA will have to make some drastic changes to their marketing plan for the upcoming season.

7. Young Kristoff - September 13, 2007

I think the portland trailblazers made a big mistake in signing oden and they are seeing the outcome right now and he has not even played in one game in teh regular season yet. Im not saying that oden and bynum from the lakers are the same kind of talents and skill, but the thing they do have in common is that they are both projects that are going to become failures over time. Portland should have taken a superstar rather then a guy who guarded 6’10 power fowards. He is not going to be as effective in the league. College was his glory years.

8. Elizabeth W. - September 14, 2007

If the Blazers are smart and realize the severity of the surgery, they won’t push Oden to come back before he’s ready. If they try and push him to come back before he is ready, they risk undoing everything the surgery did. If the surgery fails then he will most likely need a knee cartilage replacement surgery and that takes at least a year and a half to recover from. Microfracture is a one time surgery, you can’t do it over and over.

9. Marquis Chapman - September 14, 2007

A year and a half?! Lets hope that Oden doesn’t rush back and make matters worse.

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