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    https://twitter.com/#!/BlazerFreeman

    A league source tells me the #Blazers intend on waving center Greg Oden.



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    Source w/knowledge of Blazers' thinking says team has informed Greg Oden's camp that Oden is being waived for needed roster room after deals

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    If I'm Oden, I do whatever it takes to try and get on with Phoenix and their training staff.
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    I know the negative crowd will use their combination of crystal balls and Johns Hopkins medical degrees to assure us his NBA career is over, and maybe it is, but, still, it's something I'll be keeping my eye on.

    Maybe it'll take another year of rehab, maybe more, but if doctors say there's a possibility of Oden resuming his NBA career, I'm gonna have interest.

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    Is he gonna retire or does he think he'll be able to play again?

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    I know the negative crowd will use their combination of crystal balls and Johns Hopkins medical degrees to assure us his NBA career is over, and maybe it is, but, still, it's something I'll be keeping my eye on.

    Maybe it'll take another year of rehab, maybe more, but if doctors say there's a possibility of Oden resuming his NBA career, I'm gonna have interest.
    He's play 1 full season out of 5, I'd say the odds aren't very good...

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    I'm no medical professional, but if a doctor encourages a guy that just had his third microfracture surgery last month to keep playing I'd want a second opinion.

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    All I know is the other night at the Blazers game the saddest thing I've seen in a long time was Greg Oden having to use two canes to ambulate. Honestly he looked like he had shrunk 3 or 4 inches.

    I hope he can come back but in all honesty I just don't see how.


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    He's play 1 full season out of 5, I'd say the odds aren't very good...
    I certainly wouldn't bet money on an Oden return, but only time will tell for certain.

    Here's an article from last month:

    Oden gets microfracture surgery, out for season - CBSSports.com

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    It's been just under five years since the Portland Trail Blazer made center Greg Oden the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft. On Monday, Oden underwent his fifth knee surgery during those five years, and it was worse than expected.

    On Monday morning, the Blazers announced that Oden would undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee in Vail, Colo. Instead, Oden underwent a second microfracture surgery on his left knee and his 2011-2012 season is officially over. He had previously been listed as "out indefinitely."

    The procedure was performed by renowned surgeon Richard Steadman, who has operated on numerous professional athletes.
    "Initially, Greg was undergoing a procedure similar to the one he had a couple of weeks ago to have debris cleared from his right knee," said Acting General Manager Chad Buchanan . "However, once the doctors were inside Greg's left knee, they unfortunately found articular surface damage and determined microfracture was necessary."

    Oden, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, was selected by the Trail Blazers with the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. In 82 career games (60 starts), Oden has averaged 9.4 points (57.7% FG), 7.3 rebounds and 1.43 blocks in 22.1 minutes per game.

    "This is not the news we were hoping for Greg or the organization," said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller. "It's hard to put into words the heartbreak for everyone involved, but especially for Greg. He's a young man who has experienced a great number of physical challenges in his playing career and today is yet another significant setback for him. We have a lot of empathy for Greg and his family during this difficult time."
    A microfracture surgery typically has a one-year rehabilitation timeline.

    This procedure marks the third time Oden has had surgery his left knee. He had left knee surgery in Dec. 2009 after fracturing his patella and he had microfracture surgery in Nov. 2010 to address an injury suffered during his rehabilitation process.

    Prior to undergoing the arthroscopic procedure on his right knee earlier this month, Oden had microfracture surgery on that knee in Sept. 2007.

    Oden, 24, has played in 82 career NBA games, averaging 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

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    Default Re: What could have been - Oden about to be released

    I doubt he'll ever play again, but I'd also support signing him just in case. Assuming he's cheap. Why not, in that case.

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    I'd sign him to the minimum just to get headlines nationally. I'm only half kidding.

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    I doubt he'll ever play again, but I'd also support signing him just in case. Assuming he's cheap. Why not, in that case.
    Yeah I don't think I'm ready for the "let's trade Roy Hibbert because Greg Oden is getting healthy thread" and god forbid Seth falls in love with the guy

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    I've got my popcorn ready for the first "let's sign Greg Oden for the rest of the season" thread, when oden won't be playing basketball again until november at the earliest...

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    Love the guy, what a bad luck story he has been so far. Hopefully he can get back physically and try another run at the NBA.

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    I'd sign him to the minimum just to get headlines nationally. I'm only half kidding.
    Ha. I was thinking something similar. He's not gonna play, obviously, but the casuals would be thrilled to hear the Pacers signed Greg Oden -- as sad as it may be, I could definitely see it increasing interest in the team. I'd also think Greg Oden Pacers jerseys would be a hot seller.

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    If Grant Hill could find a way to come back and play into his late 30's, Greg Oden could get his knees fixed up and play at least 4 or 5 more seasons.

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    If Grant Hill could find a way to come back and play into his late 30's, Greg Oden could get his knees fixed up and play at least 4 or 5 more seasons.
    In his seven-year stint in Orlando, Hill missed 374 of 574 (65.2%) games, including the entire 2003-04 season. By the time this season's ended, Oden will have missed 312 out of a 394 games (79.2% -- ouch) in his NBA career.



    According to this two-year-old article, Hill's had at least five surgeries on his ankle -- the same number Oden's had on his knee.

    After multiple injuries, Grant Hill's time is now - SI.com

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    Hill was coming off his fifth left-ankle surgery in four years and a staph infection that nearly killed him.
    Oden's situation seems to be worse than Hill's, but there is a precedent for a player having a productive career after five surgeries to the same body part.
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    410 - 16 games = 394 potential games actually, because of the lockout shortened season

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    410 - 16 games = 394 potential games actually, because of the lockout shortened season
    True. A whole season, none the less.

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    I'd still take 82 games of Greg Oden over 500 games of Michael Olowokandi.

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    Still got a roster spot...wouldn't think Larry would use it for Greg tho.
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    If you can sign him cheap and have him play 10-15min a game, why not.
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    The Pacer should at least let him use their facilities to rehab. Then let him know if he ever decides to make a come back, they would help him out.
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    I've been one of the harshest on Oden over the years. I've said from day one I would have taken Durant over him because of health issues. The same health issues that GM's noted during scouting, are the same ones haunting him today. I also laughed and scoffed at people who wanted to offer him a multi year 6-10 million dollar contract last year (omg how horrible would that have been?).

    Yet, if he's at the point where he's available for the league minimum and just a roster spot, I will take a chance on that at some point.

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    If Grant Hill could find a way to come back and play into his late 30's, Greg Oden could get his knees fixed up and play at least 4 or 5 more seasons.
    All that he has to do is go to Phoenix

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    The Pacer should at least let him use their facilities to rehab. Then let him know if he ever decides to make a come back, they would help him out.
    I agree with this. We're not using a roster spot or limit our options but we should help the guy.

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