June 16, 2011
A chipped kneecap, microfracture surgery on his right knee, a foot injury, a fractured left patella, microfracture surgery on his left knee ... it's been a wild couple of years for Portland Trail Blazers 7-0 center Greg Oden(notes) since he was drafted first overall in 2007.
In November 2010, Oden had the microfracture surgery on his left knee and missed the rest of the season. And now the word is that he's not going to be back in action till January of 2012, according to BlazersEdge.com
Bill Duffy, president of the agency that reps Oden, BDA Sports, said on local radio Wednesday that Oden wouldn't be ready to be back in a pro game till January of next season. Of course, the Blazers have only till June 30 to make him a qualifying offer in order to make him a restricted free agent.
"We'll wait until we get full clearance and then probably err on the side of caution, maybe a month or so after that," Duffy said, according to the site. Duffy also noted that Oden has had "counseling, therapy, interventions" in order to help him deal with the mental side of having so many injuries so early in his career.