Greg Oden undergoes surgery on Friday
February 3, 2012, 10:41 am
The Blazers have announced that Greg Oden will undergo a procedure today in Vail, Colorado. The surgery will be on Greg's right knee to remove debris. This is not the knee that he had operated on in the off season.
Jason Quick and Chad Doing broke the news just a few moments ago. Here is the full report.
Later on in the day the team addressed the situation when interim GM, Chad Buchanan, spoke with The Game’s Jay Allen about some further developing issues with Oden…
Report: Jason Quick, Blazers Insider, from the Oregonian
It is Oden's fourth knee surgery since becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft.
The right knee has not given Oden problems since 2007, when he had microfracture performed before the season started.
His left knee was the knee in question during his December visit in Vail, Colo., when the team deemed he had suffered a setback because of an issue with a non-weight bearing ligament in his knee.
Oden, who turned 24 last month, has not played in an NBA game since December of 2009, when he fractured his left patella. After rehabilitating from that injury, Oden never made it back, having to undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee in November of 2010.
The team had hoped he would return this season, and extended an $8.9 million qualifying offer, which Oden accepted. However, after the December doctor's visit in Colorado, during which the team deemed he had suffered a setback, the Blazers and Oden's representatives negotiated a reduced salary, believed to be around $1.5 million for this season.
Since being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft, Oden has played in 82 games, the equivalent of one NBA season. Oden has career averages of 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds.(via Oregonian report)
This from Greg Oden "Official" Facebook Page:
"I'm sure you've all heard the news by now that I'm having a scope on my knee today. Unfortunately after months of intense rehab and training, the doctors discovered that a scope is necessary at this time. Thankfully this should be a quick recovery and I'll be back to training soon. I'm committed as ever to doing everything and anything to get back on the court and be a part of the team's success. Thanks for all the support, your well-wishes are much-appreciated. Good luck to my teammates this weekend!"
Jason Quick joined The Sports Insiders and has more details on the Greg Oden procedure taking place today.
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