Since being drafted first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers back in 2007 out of Ohio State, the 24-year-old has played only a total of 82 games due to series of unfortunate injuries.
Now he's recovering from his second microfracture surgery on his left knee in two years (his fifth knee surgery overall), which will sideline him for the rest of this season and the first half of next. A source tells Sports Illustrated that Oden has no plans to retire at this point.
"It's hard to put into words the heartbreak for everyone involved, but especially for Greg," said Blazers president Larry Miller, according to SI.com. "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."
In the games he has played, Oden has averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.9 personal fouls and 1.4 blocks per game. SI points out that Oden has earned $23 million from the Blazers so far.