Report: Former Buckeye Greg Oden Undergoes Additional Microfracture Surgery

Undergoing what was supposed to be a procedure to clear debris resulted in yet another microfracture surgery in the left knee of former Ohio State center Greg Oden.

Reported by the Associated Press, the procedure performed in Vail, Colorado established that there had been additional damage sustained by the 7-footer’s left knee. The first-overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft, Oden has now had three microfracture surgeries, this latest being the second on this specific knee. The selection, and subsequent misfortune, of Oden will likely go down along side the Blazers selecting Kentucky center Sam Bowie ahead of North Carolina’s Michael Jordan in 1984.

Agreeing to a one-year deal prior to the 2011-12 season, it was hoped that Oden could see the floor for the Portland Trailblazers, but two separate set-backs have derailed his return. Oden, who has not played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009, has appeared in 82 career games for the Blazers, averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds.

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  • Mark

    It’s sad. I’ll be surprised if he ever plays again.

  • Albert

    This is sad. Poor kid.

  • mgbode

    dang, Portland may be more cursed than us.  Bowie, Roy, Oden, etc.  They just can’t draft someone that can stay healthy.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Bill Walton too… the one season he was healthy they won a championship, but probably could have had more if Walton’s body didn’t break down.

  • Harv 21

    yeah, no one mentions Roy’s forced retirement at all around here. My fav western conference player, and retiring at the start of his prime. Thought he was a sure-fire HOFer. His game was sure easy on the eyes.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Without Roy and Oden Portland is still relevant, sigh.

  • baclap

    Mark my words, Oden will retire with more starts under his belt than anyone in NBA history after his return in 5 years as the first cyborg to ever play a professional sport.

  • mgbode

    to an extent.  i mean, noone is seriously considering them for a championship though I am rooting for them despite the longish odds.   they definitely have had a great FO despite all the turmoil and churn in that area. 

    what is also amazing is all the mistakes they have seemingly made and the injuries and they can still win games (roy, oden, rudy fernandez never panned out, losing Andre Miller for Felton looks like a mistake, Crawford up and down, Wesley Matthews hasn’t panned out either, etc) 

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Agreed, it’s very sad that Roy’s injuries didn’t allow him to see his best years.  He’s a guy you would completely forget about until your team was playing his team, and then you’d wonder why nobody on your team could stop him.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    The strangest thing about Portland in my opinion is Nicolas Batum.  Great shooter, tons of size, crazy athleticism… I think of him as Kobe Bryant without the competitive drive to be the best.