Saturday, February 4th, 2012 at 5:45 pm  |  39 responses

Greg Oden Underwent Another Knee Surgery

Oh boy. The Portland Trail Blazers recently conducted a test on center Greg Oden‘s knees, and once again they were hit with bad news. The verdict: Oden would have to undergo a “small” arthroscopic surgery, which was completed Friday and will keep him out indefinitely. From Oregon Live: “Oden had arthroscopic surgery Friday in Vail, Colo., to clear debris from his right knee, a minor procedure, but [acting GM Chad] Buchanan said his left knee might also have to be operated on in the next week. Buchanan also said a small blood clot near Oden’s left ankle was discovered in the pre-operation exam, but the clot has been treated and is of no concern. The Blazers would not say Oden is done for the season, saying only that he remains out ‘indefinitely.’ But with roughly 2 1/2 months left in the season, the 24-year-old once again looks closer to missing an entire season than he does to making a comeback. ‘That would be speculation at this point,’ Buchanan said about Oden missing the season. ‘We are going to continue to stand by and support Greg and listen to what the doctors have to say.’ This is the fourth knee surgery for Oden since he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft. This is his fifth NBA season, but he has played in only two — recording 61 games in 2008-2009 and then 21 games in 2009-2010. Only one of his surgeries — a 2009 fractured left patella — was the result of an acute injury that happened while playing basketball. The team had hoped he would return this season, and extended an $8.9 million qualifying offer, which Oden accepted. However, after an exam in Colorado on the eve of training camp, the team deemed he had suffered a setback, and the Blazers and Oden’s representatives negotiated a reduced salary, reported to be around $1.5 million for this season.”

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  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    He has bad knees?

  • fruizm

    just let it go, Greg!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    Portland Portland Portland!!!!

  • Shem

    Could you imagine if the Blazers drafted Durant? Brandon Roy’s career would probably still be alive and Lamarcus Aldridge as a 3rd option isn’t even fair. I really like Portland and hope Oden can make a solid comeback.

  • fizzbucket

    ^Why would the drafting of Durant have any influence on the health of Roy’s knees…

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    Jus think roy, jamal crawford, wes, wallace, batum, oden, camby, raymond felton!!!

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Patrick Ewing had six knee surgeries throughout his career.
    Oden is on his fourth.
    I hope his head is right. This has to be crazy psycologically.
    I hope his long term health will remain intact.

  • Hay

    You can see it in GO’s eyes every time he’s being interviewed, he’s lost his will to fight this.
    Man, I can’t imagine being in his shoes, you need a heart of steel to bounce back.

  • Hart26

    I really feel bad for Greg. Such a shame

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    keep hope ALIVE GREG

  • shutup

    Never wanna see this happen to a guy with so much potential, hope he comes outta this ok, if he was healthy he would be contending for best center in the west.

  • http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=pawtucketymca Gametimeweezy

    Thats tough man, when he was in college I swore he was the next David Robinson.

  • burnt_chicken

    I still believe in Greg Oden. Stay strong, big man.

  • Shem

    It wouldn’t influence the health of Roy’s knees but I’m sure it would have played out differently. For one, there would be different circumstances so an injury could be avoided or who knows maybe he would have been injured in another way. He also wouldn’t have had to carry the team as much.

  • Stainless

    he needs that kobe treatment

  • Madterps

    Portland must have some s***ty luck, drafting Bowie instead of Jordan, being the Jailblazer for a while. Roy retiring cause of his knee and drafting Oden over Durant.

  • bdogg

    the dude is really 40! not 23…and kobe treatment is for tendonidis not reconstructive surgery..feel bad for the dude but he is done!

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t know why anyone commented after max. Fin

  • gusisit

    is he dead? did the blazers just murder him and say he keeps having to have knee recos???? cause i havnt seen him in like 2 years

  • ab40

    Go home kid, go to Indiana or go to the Phoenix medical staff. @gusisit he was on the bench on some games this year. Saw it when we had free leauge pass.

  • Vince

    Go to Detroit, where knees are reborn : Antonio McDyess – Tracy McGrady. But seriously son, collect your 8 Mill contract and retire, not sure theres anything you can do at this stage of your injuries and career. Shame for Portland who’ve lost Roy, but they’re doing fine without both of em. Guess Oden is the new Yao.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^read above, it was re-negotiated to 1.5 mil

  • Kobester

    Oden is 23….? How is that even possible?

  • blackthought

    oh portland – 1984 bowie over jordan, 2000 15 points comeback by the lake show, 2007 oden over durant (which by then a many gm`s would have done), brandon roy bloyin`out his knee…some curses never stop

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Anybody gonna question the Portland medical staff? Let’s go through this…in order: Geoff Petrie, Bill Walton, Sam Bowie, Brandon Roy, Rudy Fernandez, and now Greg Oden. When does it stop being coincidence?

  • Justin G.

    Why, is it the same medical staff for the past 28 years? Also, Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan is not a bad pick when you look at it from what was going on at the time. Portland needed a big man and they had drafted Clyde Drexler the year before? Why would they draft Michael, who was obviously very good coming out of college but there were questions about his jump shot and after already drafting Drexler? And you can’t question Oden over Durant either because every GM in the league would have taken Oden

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Retire already

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Haha I know Justin, different staff, but maybe the ownership groups there keep skimping on the docs…and yes, hindsight is 20-20 and Bowie looked like a good pick but injuries crippled his career too.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Medicine isn’t an exact science, guys. Things don’t work out sometimes, even if everything was done perfectly. A sample size of 10 athletes shows you absolutely nothing.


    The Caboospiracy Theory has legs. . . with bad knees.

  • Dhughes

    yea he needs to retire man he’s just cheating the team

  • ttc

    why feel bad for him? the guy’s a millionaire and hasn’t done anything to earn it..he’s young, basketball is not life, there’s many other things he could get into…

  • Bill

    Feel bad about the $20 million he’s been paid so far. It was my opinion that he would never suit up for another Blazer game, looks to hold true.

  • Chip

    Poor guy. He’s probably already broke. $20M ain’t what it used to be. I want to see this guy play. in PORTLAND! Even if we only get a couple of years outa him. He CANNOT go to another team, at least until the Blazer brass gives up on him. He has an obligation to show this fan base SOMETHING! Anything. We’ve been loyal to him, big time. The hater’s are just that, hater’s. They have no life anyway, and the disappointment of GO’s career affects the entire region. Rise with Us? Greg, Stay with us!

  • bike

    Best thing he can hope for is a backup role where he plays at most 15-20 min/game.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    IAMORANGE4EVER with the best comment he’s ever typed. lmao, good sh*t.

  • Arrowhead

    He took another arrow to his knee!

  • wonder267

    Greg Oden is not done? Dude just needs to heal up and be 100%. Then he’s gonna come back and be the beast he was becoming before he got hurt. G.O. is gonna be a solid big man for the TrailBlazers!

  • Smitty

    Portland should release Oxen…if he does make a comeback how long would it be before he’s out again