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Greg Oden likely to sit out another year.

I can only imagine how this guy feels. One of the sadest stories of what could have been in recent memory. Greg Oden has only played a combined 82 games in two years. And now says he will sit out another year to give his knees time to fully heal. The former #1 pick in 2007, Oden was going to be the next big thing in the NBA, and the savior of the Blazers. He even made K.D. fall the 2nd pick. Unfortunately he has had 3 microfracture surgeries in the last 5 years. And it says in this artical that insufficient medical staff may have contributed to what have been so far, career ending injurys. Their has been a lot of talk about him going to Miami to give the Heat a legit inside presence. But that will have to wait another year. I really hope we will be able to get back on the court some day.

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/greg-oden-gym-teacher-comeback-injury-heat-blazers-154007837--nba.html


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He had played 82 games in 4

He had played 82 games in 4 years btw. But I was really hoping he was going to come back this year and contribute for a contender, but it doesn't look like that is happening. Very sad story indeed.

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He's been around 4 years, but

He's been around 4 years, but only managed to get on the court in 2 of those years is what I ment.

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Didn't read the article but

Didn't read the article but if it pertains to him just sitting and resting a year then good for him. He should've done that 3 years ago. If he's done for good then it's a sad story.

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I always liked Oden, but I

I always liked Oden, but I think it's about time for him to retire.

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its funny how people always

its funny how people always talk about darko milicic being the ultimate bust....but yet Greg olden hasn't played a full season in the nba....at least milicic has a ring, played in the home country and played each season he been in the nba..sure he plays with zero heart and and is lazy as all day but what has Oden accomplished since being in the nba? ill wait...

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hey

hi idiot! you don't even know what you're talking about. This guy has been a stud in his college years and I'm pretty confident he could also have done that in the NBA it just happen that injury backfired his career. It's a sad story.. really. I'll be happy for him when he comes back and just play the game he loves. At least he made it to the NBA.. how about you?

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its funny how people always

its funny how people always talk about darko milicic being the ultimate bust....but yet Greg olden hasn't played a full season in the nba....at least milicic has a ring, played in the home country and played each season he been in the nba..sure he plays with zero heart and and is lazy as all day but what has Oden accomplished since being in the nba? ill wait...

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Oden was dominant in his last

Oden was dominant in his last partial NBA season. It's clearly only the injuries that have kept him from stardom. Get your head out of your butt.

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I think the reason why is because Milicic sucks because of his lack of work ethic. Oden just cant say healthy which is really out of his control.

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Almost everyone knew there

Almost everyone knew there would be only a 30% chance of him playing this year....The time table on his ''possible'' return was slated for next season....There are still some teams like the Pacers,Orlando Heat and Spurs still interested in him.....

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I don't think he should

I don't think he should retire. He should get completely healthy and then try to comeback. I mean the guy is only like 24 or something.

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The guy is only 24 but his

The guy is only 24 but his knees are almost killed...

3 microfracture surgeries ? come on let's be serious, it's sad but it's dead.

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I hope Greg Oden can get

I hope Greg Oden can get healthy enough to salvage some sort of career in the NBA, but it doesn't look great after 3 microfracture surgeries. I wish him luck.

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While there’s no certainty

While there’s no certainty yet that Howard re-signs, assuming he does, the Lakers would need to find Bryant’s successor on the perimeter to pair with the still-young center.

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This isn't the last we've

This isn't the last we've heard of Oden. He'll be back in the NBA. I remember when micro-fracture surgery meant the end of a career but recent advancements in medicine have changed that (Amare, Z-Bo, etc). Most people already knew he wouldn't be playing this year and 7 footers like him will always generate interest in the league. With the right medical treatement he can still have a productive career. He just needs to consult a better physician and heal his body completely before he starts playing again.

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Lets be clear about

Lets be clear about microfracture surgery's. They are NOT inherently career enders. His knees should in fact be healthier then ever after the corrective procedures. The issue becomes rehab. An athlete's ability to start from scratch, basically from less then what your average couch potatoes athletic ability is... and work himself all the way back to where he was preinjury. 95% don't have it in them. Its not necessarily a lack of work ethic that limits these players. It is a very long journey which requires baby steps and a consistant drive to keep pushing through the pain and setbacks. It is usually mental. You have to relearn absolutely everything from scratch. There is a point where you may lift all the same weights you did preinjury but still lack the explosiveness you once had. This is the part where you have to relearn to move and apply force in the same manner you used to, naturally. You may feel a slight hitch, it will feel uncomfortable. This might seem like a small thing but it will mentally limit how wrecklessly forceful you need to be to improve and get all the way back. Its that last 10-15% you took for granted that is the hardest. The same 10-15% that made you stand out from everyone else. A player probably spent a good 10 years refining his athletic ability with no mental limitations and now he's in a hurry to get it all back. It takes time.

Another year of training, being comfortable and baby steps will do wonders. Oden at 25 could still have 10 amazing years in the NBA. Wesley Johnson was drafted at 24 years old by the Timberwolves. The mavs just drafted that 31 year old in the second round. Oden is still young and HUGE. There's no reason to give up the dream just yet.

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"The mavs just drafted that

"The mavs just drafted that 31 year old in the second round."

Bernard James isn't quite so old. He's 26 not 31.

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argh, i was excited when i

argh, i was excited when i heard last time that he would PROBABLY come back this season, im a Fan of how Dominant he is, i think if he is healthy, and played for the past 4 years, he could challenge dwight as Top Center in the leauge,

I want to see a Epic center battle, Bynum Vs. Howard is good, But Healthy Oden VS. Howard!

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You need microfracture

You need microfracture surgery when there's damage to your articular cartilage, which is the material that covers/protects the tips of your bones and allows your bones to glide smoothly against each other. Microfracture drills holes into your bone and the fluid that comes out is what creates that "new" cartilage.

I've read reports that the damage to Oden's articular cartilage were the size of a small pinky nail. That's not that big (unless you have multiple of them), especially when you think about the size of Oden's knee. The big question to me is... HOW does he keep getting them? His last injury to require microfracture surgery occurred when he wasn't even playing. It happened while he was doing his rehab. I know that a BIG thing after microfracture is being patient. That's why you're on crutches for so long. You have to let that "new" articular cartilage take it's time to regrow and harden.

My best guess to say what happened to Oden is a combination of a bad medical staff advice and management, his own expectations to rush back quickly and then maybe a body that just isn't balanced. There were rumors his quads were too strong, etc.

IF Oden decides to end his career, it'll be because he just lost the drive to go through the rehab and get himself in the type of physical condition to play in the NBA. He's been through two of these already. I'm sure news of the last one was like a knife in his heart.

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say he can comeback, who

say he can comeback, who would gamble and at what price? he's very fragile who knows until when will he break down again. he didnt play for like how many years, what is he gonna bring to the table when opposing teams wont be afraid to bang him downlow.. as much as id like to see him rise, itll be more saddening if we see him fall and get injured on game.

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If he does play he will not

If he does play he will not be the same, after just one injury he was about as good as Tyson Chandler, now he has had two more, he will probably be about as good as Joel Pryzbilla.

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bottom line for me is that #1

bottom line for me is that

#1 he's young.. wait this year to heal properly... if he has to sit another season after, he should be doing what's best for his body to prepare for a long nba season/career

#2 if him and the doctors feel he's 100% (after a year or 2 of waiting).. come back, play hard and make that $$.

for oden personally he'll be throwing a lot of money away if he decides to call it quits. plus it will be better for the league if he plays.

everyone feels sorry for him because everyone just wants the kid to play. there aren't many big men like him. imo you have howard, bynum and hibbert... that's it

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Hibbert is not better than

Hibbert is not better than Marc Gasol

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I'd still love to see Oden

I'd still love to see Oden end up in Phoenix, can you imagine if they managed to keep him healthy, Beasley figured it all out and Dragic didn't wilt under pressure? A healthy Oden, Beasley and Dragic would be a ridiculously good core in two years.

A healthy Oden in Orlando would be interesting too, the Magic could have quite possibly upgraded from the current best C in the NBA.

But, we're getting ahead of ourselves, it looks like we'll be waiting a bit longer to see GO back on the court.

Still, I wish him all the best, hopefully he can come back and play, because it's just heartbreaking to see him repeatedly knocked down, one of these days he won't get back up again.

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When has Dragic ever wilted

When has Dragic ever wilted under pressure? He was an absolute monster for Phoenix in the playoffs, especially against the Spurs.

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I'm not saying he has or

I'm not saying he has or will, but we've yet to see him play a full-season as a starter, so his ability to contribute over an 82 game season remains uncertain. I meant the pressure of being a starting PG, not in the clutch or playoffs.

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Your body can do amazing

Your body can do amazing thing if you give it some time to heal plus with the best doctors and if he works hard in rehab. Also with that new procedure that Kobe and some others have done. I am sure that Oden can and will have a nice career. I remember when Marcus Camby and Tyson Chandler were injury prone. I think people forget about that after a while. Camby was the 2nd overall pick and he missed a lot of games in Toronto because of injuries. Knicks were surprised that he stay healthy with them and then they did something stupid and traded him to Denver where he was pretty healthy for a long while that people forget that his first 2 or 3 years he did not play much. Bynum is another injury prone player that seems to be turning it around.

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Just take the cash and hang

Just take the cash and hang em up Greg.

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Oden has said nothing new, he

Oden has said nothing new, he had talked about giving himself more time to recover, he is not under contract so has merely decided not to take up any offers at this time. Greg has decided to give himself more time and see how his knees stand up to everyday life and rehab, he will then probably know if he has any sort of real chance of ever resuming his NBA career.

He is not a bust from a playing point of view, just he has been plagued by injury after injury. As a Phoenix fan, I'd be fascinated to see if their medical staff could do anything with him. I'll throw a total wildcard out there, maybe Greg looks to play a bit in Europe, he could probably take a minimal contract from a decent team who would like having such a high profile player on their roster and playing a much less gruelling schedule and at a lower level there would give him a good idea where he stood.

The key thing is Greg does not compromise his long term life quality as he still has a lot to offer regardless of whether he plays again and would not want to end up limping around for 60 plus years of his life.

I do feel genuinely sorry for Greg as he is a likeable guy who had no sort of attitude despite his talent but things just conspired against him.

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want him to be at phoenix or

want him to be at phoenix or at Spurs,

Phoenix with there Medical staff and Spurs with Coach Pop ability to give quality minutes to his players,

Phoenix - surely they could give him a shot, 10mil for 2 years aint bad, he showed he can dominate games in College, and partly when he was in Portland, with his 82 games on his 09-10 he average 11pts, 8 rebs and 2.3 blocks a game per 22min, thats pretty impressive, he could be the back-up center for the Polish Hammer,

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