Thursday, January 12th, 2012 at 1:00 pm  |  12 responses

Greg Oden, Blazers Refuse to Discuss Recovery from Knee Surgery

Nobody knows what to make of Greg Oden and the left knee surgery he’s still recovering from. Mostly because Oden and the Portland Trailblazers won’t publicly discuss the matter. Reports the Portland Tribune: “What’s going on with Greg Oden? Portland’s 7-foot center continues with his recovery program following November 2010 microfracture surgery to his left knee. Why he isn’t back by now remains a mystery. When I approached the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft in the locker room before Sunday night’s game with Cleveland at the Rose Garden, he told me, ‘I’m still not talking about it right now.’ Or about anything, I guess. Since he flew to Vail, Colo., for a meeting with Dr. Richard Steadman — the specialist who performed the surgery — in early December and spoke with The Oregonian’s Jason Quick, Oden hasn’t done any media. Team trainer Jay Jensen won’t talk about Oden, and interim general manager Chad Buchanan speaks only in vague terms about the oft-injured, oft-maligned would-be player. I can’t get an answer as to what Steadman and the other medical people saw in Oden’s December MRI that was termed by team president Larry Miller a ‘setback,’ slowing his progress toward a return to on-court duty. ‘It wasn’t as encouraging as we’d hoped,’ is all Buchanan will say. One report said the MRI showed a problem area in a non-weight-bearing ligament in the knee, but nobody with the club will confirm that. Oden evidently had no symptoms or anything to cause alarm. What, then, was it? ‘I’d prefer not to talk about specifics,’ Buchanan says politely. Oden continues his daily rehab workouts as prescribed by Steadman at the Blazers’ practice facility with Jensen and strength/conditioning coaches Bob Medina and Todd Forcier. Shooting, jumping, limited running. No three-on-three drills. No scrimmage sessions. ‘Taking it slow is the best way to put it,’ Buchanan says.”

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  • All Day

    This can’t be good for Oden. That cat is Sam Bowie 2.0

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  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Wow, ZOGS can get away with that? Too bad for Greg, especially with Durant becoming a perrenial All-Star.

  • bike

    The reason they won’t discuss it is because Oden is toast. Very sad but his recovery is taking too long for a guy his age.
    Don’t be suprised if at some point in the near future he hangs it up. For good.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    I forgot about gramps. His nba career is like cwebbs steak, well done.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    The first rule of Greg Oden is….

  • ab40

    he works out daily? Probably his upper body as well. If you don’t rest up and want to party on the weekends get your drink on and your swerve on well your recovery won’t go as planned. I’ve expierienced what limited upper body work can do for your lower body. If he’d rested up all these years did good stretching and worked out two times a week he’d be up and running or at least ready to start gaining weight and getting in playing shape. It’s terrible for the guy. He needs to get out of portland and away from that training staff. They SUCK. Join the Harlem Globetrotters for a year have some fun and come back to the L in 2014 you’ll still be only 25 or 26 and there are a lot of rookies that age this year in the L.

  • Zack

    LOL at Caboose.

  • jub_al

    …such a shame…Portland is the closest thing i have to a “home” NBA team and i was rooting so hard for them to draft durantula… #35 in black red and white would’ve looked so freaking good.. him and Lemarcus would’ve looked so good…

    still cheering for Durant in OKC, but damn… how can anybody bring themself to shell out a bill for those fugly jerseys?!?!

  • http://anyoldthing Ugh

    @Zogs – And they say homophobia is no longer rife among sports fans. Taking us back to the new dark ages!

  • http://www.slamonline.com House

    Whats up with the dude? he is young he should be well healed by now. To say the operation was not a success is an obvious understatement. Has he got degenerative osteo-arthritis or something?

  • J.C.

    Luck has not been kind to the Trailblazers, I’m pretty impressed they’re still a decent team after these set-backs. First they passed on KD for Oden because they already had Brandon Roy on the wing (totally justified, Oden was hyped as instantly NBA-ready out of college, and Brandon had won ROY the previous year and would go on to be selected as an All Star in his second season). Oden completely flops due to injury, then Brandon goes down with his knee and never recovers. It’s a good thing Aldridge is such a beast, and they did well picking up Crash for peanuts. Still, it’s crazy to think how good they could have been right now if Oden lived up to the hype and Roy stayed healthy.