PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, the former No. 1 draft pick whose short career has been marred by injuries, will have microfracture surgery on his left knee and will not play this season.
Oden hasn't played since last December because he needed surgery to repair a fractured left patella. The Blazers say this microfracture surgery, announced Wednesday night, will repair damaged cartilage and is unrelated to the patella injury.
A news conference is scheduled for midnight ET in Portland.
Oden, the first name announced in the 2007 NBA draft, missed his rookie season because of microfracture surgery on his right knee.
He was having arguably the best season of his career when he broke his right kneecap during a game last December against the Houston Rockets. He was averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks as a starter.
The 7-footer has often been compared to former Portland center Sam Bowie, whom the Blazers famously selected in front of Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft.
The Blazers picked Oden instead of Kevin Durant, who went to the Oklahoma City franchise and has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players.
It had been expected that Oden would play this season, but at the start of fall practice he said he wasn't close. When asked if he may return by Christmas, Oden shrugged his shoulders and threw up his hands.
The former Ohio State star has played just 82 games over parts of two seasons, averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds.
^damn! that's really unfortunate. he's had such hype since being drafted a few years back, and still is looking forward to his official rookie season. but that's why they got marcus camby, who's done an excellent job so far for the blazers.
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pretty face has nothing to do with a happy marriage. i'm sure they were bored of each other after a year.
do you know eva longoria as a person?
I'm sorry for posting the story in this thread. It really doesn't have anything to do with basketball.
But let's face it, Parker is an idiot. Barry has been dating his wife since high school and they have kids together. If Parker was bored with his wife, he can just cheat on her with a groupie or get some "professional" attention instead of stealing a former teammate's wife.