Oden to have another surgery
By The Sports Xchange
|Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers looks on against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on November 20, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images/AFP)
Greg Oden will have yet another surgery, this time an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee Friday, the Portland Trail Blazers announced.
It will be the fourth surgery since his NBA career started for the NBA’s No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft.
The surgery will be on the same knee that delayed Oden’s career by a year, when he had microfracture surgery on it after he was drafted.
The Trail Blazers will have a hard time missing Oden, as he has not played a game in the past two years. For his career, Oden has only played one NBA season in terms of combined games, averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds in 82 career games.
Surgery on a fractured kneecap in 2009 and left knee microfracture surgery early last season also cost him time.
A restricted free agent entering the season, Odean appeared finally ready to play before experiencing another setback. It reportedly cost him his $8.9 million qualifying offer, and a compromise was reached for $1.5 million.