Greg Oden: ‘It’s like, dang, can I ever do anything right?’
It’s not the first time that G.O has dissolved into an emotional wreck, but it’s certainly the most detailed account of the big man’s growing frustration with his young, injury-stained basketball career.
In Portland, people (including Blazer players) are now discussing the possibility that Greg Oden’s rookie season could be over.
The Oregonian reports:
In Greg Oden’s world, everything, and everyone, is seemingly against him. “It’s like, dang, can I ever do anything right?” Oden says. His body has been besieged by injuries during his two seasons in Portland, the most prominent setbacks to his knees. His right knee required microfracture surgery in September 2007, forcing him to miss all of his first season. Now, his left knee is threatening to put an end to this season.
The team’s star, Brandon Roy, said he is beginning to wonder if Oden is done for the regular season after watching him icing his knees during Saturday’s shootaround. There are 5 1/2 weeks and 20 games remaining, and Oden has already missed three weeks and still can’t run without pain. “Seeing him this morning, it doesn’t look good,” Roy said Saturday night. “You have to figure he is going to have to practice and get back into shape, and that takes time.”
The team’s medical staff maintains hope by saying this type of injury can rapidly improve in the course of a couple of days; the problem is that Oden and everyone else simply no longer share in this optimism.