Thursday , Nov , 18 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

What now for Blazers and Oden after second micro fracture surgery?

Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee Friday and will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season, the Trail Blazers announced this evening.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Four years. Two micro fracture surgeries.

Such is the plight of Greg Oden, the former first overall pick of the 2007 draft and Portland Trail Blazers center.

Yesterday, the Blazers announced Oden will undergo micro fracture surgery on his left knee and miss the entire year. Oden sat all of 2007-08 because of micro fracture surgery on his right knee.

Some will snicker. There will be the obvious jokes about opening umbrellas inside, black cats in alleys, and, of course, comparisons to another brittle Portland post named Sam Bowie.

Most, however, will be sympathetic. Oden is a pleasant enough fellow. He has only wanted to fulfill the hype as The Next One coming out of high school in Indiana and college at Ohio State.

Unfortunately, Oden’s career is in doubt. His rookie contract expires in July. The Blazers have the option to qualify him at $9 million for 2011-2012.

But will they?

The Blazers may turn the page on Oden. Perhaps both team and player need a fresh start. Perhaps it’s time to move on. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be.

–Oly Sandor.

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