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Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  16 responses

Blazers Hope Greg Oden Will Be Ready to Play in January


Portland will likely have to overpay Greg Oden in order to retain him, and continue to hope and pray that he’ll be ready to play come January. From CBS Sports: “Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller made the news official while continuing to express full support for the oft-injured center during a meeting with reporters at the Rose Garden on Wednesday. Miller made it sound like Oden’s return to Portland is a foregone conclusion despite the fact that he is a restricted free agent. ‘Greg is a part of our Plan A,’ Miller said. Back in October, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft informed fans on Facebook that he had begun running, but The Oregonian recently reported that Oden has not yet been cleared for basketball activities during his current rehabilitation from knee surgery. Last summer, Bill Duffy, Oden’s agent, said that they were targeting a potential return in January. Miller said that’s still the plan. ‘He won’t be ready for the start of the season but we’re hoping by January that he’s able to play,’ Miller said. A January return would come 25 months since Oden last took the court and more than 13 months since his most recent microfracture knee surgery, which occurred in Nov. 2010. Miller said that Portland’s acting general manager, Chad Buchanan, called Oden’s agent on Wednesday, the first day that contact between NBA teams and agents was officially permitted. Oden, 23, was tendered an $8.8 million qualifying offer by the Blazers back in June.”

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  • Natty dread

    B roy should go to the BULLS!!

  • BAWSE

    I dont know I hope Greg can pull this out. It has been 4 years and he hasnt done much. I just hopes he saves his money.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Hoping for the best for the young man. Same with Brandon Roy. They should ease these two in for the first few games back, maybe the entire first half. I’m certain they’ll give Oden the Yao 15-min rule, which is cool. He’s the type of player who can be effective in that span of floor time by just his presence alone…….Nolan Smith for ROY btw

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    25 MONTHS?!?! JUST PUT HIM OUT TO PASTURE ALREADY.

  • thecomputerdude

    Pulling for Oden to come back strong.

  • TR

    Ready to play in January, out for the season by allstar break.

  • AL

    ^”TR”is short for Duscebagg^

  • LA Huey

    January of what year?

  • shutupallenp

    Does anybody else think of Mr.Glass falling down those stairs when they hear the name Oden?

  • ab40

    I hope he comes back and finishes the season strong. 30mpg next season this season is to get back in shape. they’re not going anywhere past the second round in the playoffs

  • http://www.slamonline.com alf

    Because I”m from Toronto and remember..

    From Baseball: This feels like a Chris Carpenter scenario (St.Louis / Toronto) in the making…Portland spends seasons upon seasons to try and resurrect the guy only to finally give up…

    Then he resurfaces elsewhere and kicks @$$.

  • clos1881

    I definitely see him becoming a all star eventually and finally getting healthy I was just shocked just know to remember he’s only 23 way to soon to give up on him.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Alot of us Blazer fans still have hope that he will get healthy, stay healthy, and dominate as he was expected to..

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-quick-guide-to-the-issues-of-the-nba-lockout/2011/10/11/gIQAon1ZbL_story.html unf*ckwitable

    how much can you expect from him? Dudes been ballin since the slavery times.

  • BBaller

    Damn the dude is still not healthy! I was so looking forward to him bringing respect and some depth back to the NBA’s 5 spot.

  • BBaller

    Does Dwight Howard fear any opponents? The days of the 7 footers are severely missed.

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