Overtime: Oden Out For Remainder of Season…Again

By Melva N. Lloyd

Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will have to sit comfortably on the bench for the remainder of the season.  Oden underwent successful knee surgery on Sunday to repair his fractured left patella. 

The former number one draft pick injured his knee during the first quarter while playing against the Houston Rockets on December 5th.  The seven-footer was taken off of the court on a stretcher.

The Assoiciated Press reported that team doctor, Don Roberts, inserted two screws into Oden’s left knee to reattach the patella and that bone now has to repair and bond itself.  Sources say that process usually takes two months and during that time, Oden will have to do very little.  After two months of self-rehabiltation, it will take just about two more months for Oden to recover from that.

A spokesman for the Trail Blazers said that Oden will make his return to the hardwood by next years’ training camp.

This isn’t the first time injury has halted the progression of the Ohio State alum’s career.  Oden’s rookie year was spent on the sideline after microfracture surgery on his right knee forced him to miss the entire season. 

Oden has been in the NBA for roughly a season and a half if you don’t count is “debut” as a rookie, but almost has nothing to show for it.  The Trail Blazers franchise now has to to find a way salvage a team that once had loads of promise.

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