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Monday, September 13th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  51 responses

Greg Oden to Miss Start of Regular Season?

The Portland Tribune chats up new Blazers GM Rich Cho about Greg Oden’s recovery, and comes away thinking the big fella might not be healthy enough to play when the season kicks off: “General Manager Rich Cho said Sunday that the 7-foot center is running and coming along well in rehab from December microfracture surgery, but not yet playing basketball. ‘We’re going to ease him into it … maybe do some two-on-two or three-on-three, instead of up-and down five-on-five,’ Cho said. ‘I’m hoping he’ll be cleared to do that in the next couple of weeks.’ That would seem to put in doubt Oden’s availability through the preseason. Training camp opens on Sept. 27, with the first exhibition game Oct. 5 against the Los Angeles Clippers. ‘We’re being cautious,’ Cho said. ‘The longer you wait for the bone to heal, the better.’ Oden is in Vancouver, British Columbia, with strength/conditioning coach Bobby Medina for a few days, working with a physical training specialist there on ‘a lot of core stuff,’ Cho said Not sure if that’s just regular procedure or something to worry about, but it seems clear that Oden’s goal of being ready for the start of the regular season is in jeopardy.”

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  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    At what point in time do you just cut your losses? He’s never going to be what he was hyped to be THREE YEARS AGO.

  • The Philosopher

    I hope he takes this year off, too.
    Just stay in the gym and get that strength up.
    I so worry for this kid’s career.
    I hope he makes it, man.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com The Big Fundamental

    If only the blazers chose Durant. Roy & Durant would have been deadly!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Ol Gregs done. He’s made Sam Bowie look like AC Green….

  • http://Slamonline.com NBA kid

    just go to the suns and he’ll have a 20 year career. but seriously, best of luck to the big fella

  • Dayum

    Oden needs to strengthen his chicken legs. He has too much upper body mass.

  • JoeMaMa

    Just think of it like this: he’s at the same age as a graduated college senior. That’s my way of saying he’s got PLENTY of time to live up to his billing as a dominant big man. Don’t let the grandpa face fool ya: he’s got miles to go before he sleeps.

  • Will

    Umm pretty sure the surgery was not microfracture. It was to put screws in his patella.

  • CONEY ISLANDER

    B-U-S-T!

  • http://www.slamonline.com niQ

    Undrafted (in fantasy).

  • ClydeSays

    I feel bad for the kid. Here’s hoping he gets in at least a couple of healthy seasons so he can prove himself. Remember most young big men struggle with injuries the 1st couple of years in the League. Perkins & Bynum are examples of that…

  • Ricochet

    Perkins and Bynum have been in the league for 7 and 5 years respectively and are still struggling with gnarly injuries/surgeries. What’s your point, Clyde?

  • LA Huey

    Sam Bowie 2K

  • http://google c_cantrell

    good luck to big fella..

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    The ghost of Sam Bowie’s draft pick lingers over Oden. But the Blazers have Camby so who cares about Oden starting the season. Portland will be fine.

  • T-Money

    why are guys always going to vancouver for rehab??

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    He’s still young enough to comeback and contribute, he just has to be smart about it. I feel more ‘bad’ for the owner and Blazers fans than I do for him. He’s still getting paid and by time he’s healed and ready to contribute, he’ll be a free agent and at his size and ‘potential’ he’ll be able to get somebody else to take a risk on him. The owner has paid significant money and has really not got much of anything in return, the fans aren’t getting what they thought they would either.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    if portland doesnt re-sign him u can guaruntee he will have plenty of options.. even tho he is injury prone, there are plenty of teams that would take a chance on him

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Right now today, I’d take Kwame Brown over Greg Oden.

  • jesse housholder

    My theory: the blazers are just lowering expectations for Greg going into the season. I bet there’s a pretty good chance we see Oden in the opener vs Pheonix.

  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion

    That says it all orange, gramps is done. This will be his fourth season, pdx will be lucky if he plays 40 games.

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    this is the retarded message board i see…are you guys that much of a sad no lifers? good luck GO!

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^TrailBlazing&SportsLisbon..
    then get off this site! no lifers? man you prolly always on the computer so how bout u go get a freakin life yourself! your ignorance annoys me

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Im not calling him a bust just yet.. He had a great college career and has been extremely unlucky as a pro.. Big Z spent much of his early career wearing a suit and tie.. Blazers have 3 quality centers in Greg, Camby, and Pryzbilla, not to mention some 4 that can play some @ the 5.. Nobody should be over-worked at this position… Any truth to Greg’s origional injury being caused by a “dance dance revolution” mishap??

  • Robb

    this kid breaks my heart

  • http://www,myczechrepublic.com SAB

    “Oden’s goal of being ready for the start of the regular season is in jeopardy” – how about we just make his goal “being ready”, whenever that may be…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Can anyone say Sam Bowie?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    I hate how people compare him to Sam Bowie.. Yes, Durant has had an immediate impact, but the Blazers already had a Durant-type of player in Brandon Roy.. They needed a big, and usually great (college, or international) centers are first to go in the draft.. Same is to be said for the Pistons in 03 when Melo was passed over for a big.. No, Darko probably shouldnt have been a top 10 pick in that draft, but Detroit already had (has) Prince and Hamilton, they needed someone to bring along slowly and practice against Big Ben…

  • PapaBearATL

    I don’t know about this dude? Is he putting the work in? Has he ever done strength and conditioning? Is he calcium deficient? Why is he so fragile? When do the Blazer’s get a return on their investment? They have a savvy vet in Camby but, spend an early round pick you gotta ask when is change gon’ come?

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Bucks selected Andrew Bogut #1 overall in the 2005 draft.. Would they have been better off picking Deron Williams,Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, Danny Granger, or David Lee.. May have taken a few years, but Drew has become a pretty decent selection… Point is, you never know exactly how a (young) guy is gonna turn out, and usually draft according to immediate need..

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    @BossTerry: And that’s why you should draft based on talent, not on needs

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Lets say for some crazy reason, the Miami Heat won the lottery.. And the draft featured 2 huge names.. 1 a small-forward who is very athletic, and can score in bunches in his sleep.. The other guy is a solid NBA ready point guard whom doesn’t do a whole lot of scoring, but is very mature, sees the floor very well, and is a great playmaker.. Which do u think Mr. Riley will choose?

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    A lot of people argue if it’s fair to call a player a bust due to injury. I think so. Of course, injuries happen all the time, they can happen to anyone, but if you’ve only played 1 complete NBA season (82 games) over a combined 3 years, you’re hovering dangerously close to the bust threshhold. Even if it is your body’s fault.

  • tavoris

    Papa Bear-Oden is still growing. With his body type, size, and lack of coordination, injuries are gonna happen. He’ll figure it out eventually. Luckily, the Blazers can afford to bring him along even more slowly this season.

  • Rusty

    Good luck to the guy but dam, weve heard this all before

  • http://www.dontevenreply.com total scrotal implosion

    Bossterry, great college career? He played one season, and yes made it to title game but guess what, he was hurt that year, just like in hs, just like every year since. Durant was an obvious once in a generation talent with a stratospheric ceiling. Durant is not similar to roy, roy has pg tendencies and would have been a perfect complement to durant. Besides, pdx already had ghostface, who is/was a better player than gramps, same offense(dunks) but more athletic and mobile, better defender and rebounder and more durable. I said all this to everyone before the draft. I laughed so fn hard whenever someone would say gramps will be bill russell. Pdx missed out on their chance to contend for titles for the next 12 yrs. But some injury prone, no offense, slow stiff is gonna be the next russell HAHAHAHAHAHHHHHHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHHHHHHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHHHHHHAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHA, HA

  • http://gregoden.com roybot

    Those Sam Bowie comparisons are getting old. When Bowie was drafted he was a senior in college. Right now Oden is at the same age, but has 82 more games of experience than Bowie had at that age. Unless Im mistaken, Bowie still played 10 seasons of NBA ball before he called it quits, even with all his injuries. Why dont you guys wait and see what will become of Greg Oden AFTER his tenth season, and not judge him now when he clearly has a long ways left to go in his (hopefully) great career.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    @article title – of course he will

  • MikeC.

    When did people start calling the Blazers ‘Pdx’? Did I miss a memo? Now, back to my TPS reports.

  • BillyQ

    Can anyone say draft bust. Bigger bust than Olowakandi and Never Nervous Pervis.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    roybot – the point is that Greg Odens body has never
    healthy enough for the rigors of an NBA season. We don’t
    have to wait for anything. I don’t dislike the guy
    personally but the one thing that Greg Oden and I have
    in common is that we are both employees and I’m fairly
    sure that if I was only coming into work 35% of the time
    I wouldn’t have my job for very long, regardless of my
    ‘potential’ to be good at it. All this talk about GO still
    being a young guy in the NBA and his past 3 seasons not
    accounting for much is rediculous. He hasn’t been able to
    practice, train, improve, assert his flavour and presence
    on the court, his body doesn’t even look correctly designed
    for the game. Don’t even get me started on how far off the
    ‘Bill Russell’ comparisons are/were.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Haha@ Mike c.. I was thinking the same thing.. PDX is our airport. nothing else.. should we start calling NYC -JFK. Or Los Angles- LAX..

  • http://slamonline.com riggs

    people do call la, lax

  • MikeC.

    @BossTerry – thanks for clearing that up. I guess it’s just too hard to type ‘Blazers’ nowadays. Lousy rock music and video games making the kids lazy. Not to mention the dope.

  • hammer

    I live and reside n the pacific nw. Sum of ya’ll know I’m a big bulls fan. But equally I am a big blazer fan. Its my home team. And out here,blazers being r only pro sports team,we hope that oden gets healthy. Cuz we STILL don’t know how good he can truly b when healthy. If he can ever stay healthy that is. But me and along w/other blazer fans, @ times hope we could turn back that clock and draft durant. We’d b title contenders by now instead of up and coming,tho we r digressing a bit. We let go of blake,martell,rudy is a discontent,oden can’t stay healthy and worst of all,we let go of pritchard. Just hope oden gets healthy

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    If this was facebook, I would “like” hammer’s post.. Seems to be alot of Portland area people on here.. and Chicago, and NY..

  • JD

    maybe a new career choice – male stripper perhaps

  • http://slamonline.com nikehead23

    when is this sasquatch not hurt?

  • KoBynum716

    im shocked

  • chrisneww

    I must have gone to that website a million times!! This guy is HUGE!

  • CaveMan

    Even a Caveman knows that the BIG FRA-GILE (G.O.) is a BUST!
    Durant youngest scoring champ, Gold medal, tearing up the NBA…sky’s the limit!
    Oden too FRAGILE to even go 5 on 5. Even too FRAGILE for the WNBA.

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