I like Oden. He’s had plenty of time. We’ve seen how he’ll perform in the NBA. He’s not terrible, but he’s not a #1 overall player. Hopefully, he’ll get a full season in somewhere before injuries force him to retire. It’d be great if he could make an all-star game.
Tonight he fractured a knee cap against Houston and he will miss the rest of the season. That’s 2 seasons out already. It’s not looking good for the big guy. The Trail Blazers have already stated that he’ll be undergoing surgery.
Oden hit the floor grabbing his left knee and wincing in obvious pain. I knew immediately that it was a bad one. He was driving against the Oregon alum point guard, Aaron Brooks about halfway through the first quarter when he went down.
Trainers and physicians stormed the court. The Rose Garden crowd got on their feed and starte chanting “Oden! Oden!” It took about 10 minutes and he was finally moved to a stretcher and wheeled from the court.
The big guy with mismatched legs missed his entire rookie season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee. Last season, he missed six games after injuring his right foot in the season opener against the Lakers. He looked average after coming back and then missed 14 games after the All-Star break with a bone chip in his left knee. He finished the season averaging a not-spectacular 8.9 points and 7 rebounds.
Supposedly, Oden dieted in the off season and lost some weight to alleviate potential injury problems. It didn’t matter and he’s going to miss another season. He was averaging 11.7 points and 8.8 rebounds this season as a starter.
He could mature into an impact player, but the injury odds appear to be against him. It’s too bad, he was great to watch in college.
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