NBA Roundtable

Oden Out For Season

In General NBA on December 6, 2009 at 9:26 am

ESPN reports

Portland center Greg Oden will likely miss the rest of the season after fracturing his left knee cap Saturday night in the Trail Blazers’ victory over the Houston Rockets.

“He’s a strong kid,” said general manager Kevin Pritchard, visibly shaken by the latest injury to befall the 7-foot center. “He’s going to bounce back from this.”

Oden dropped to the floor clutching his left knee and grimacing after colliding with a driving Aaron Brooks midway through the first quarter.

Oden was almost immediately surrounded by trainers and physicians. The crowd at the Rose Garden stood and chanted “Oden! Oden!”

The game was stopped for some 7 minutes. Finally, Oden was gently moved to a stretcher and wheeled from the court. He underwent an MRI shortly thereafter.

The Blazers said Oden will need surgery. A timetable for his return was not immediately set.

“I’m obviously disappointed having worked so hard to get to where I was. This is a setback but I’ll be back. It’s in God’s hands now,” Oden said in a statement released by the team. “I want to thank the fans, my teammates and everyone in the Blazers family for all of their good thoughts.”

A fractured petulla …

How It Happened

It doesn’t look like Oden’s knee hit Brooks on the driving layup. Injury must have happened either on the initial jump or the landing. It looks like it happened on the jump because he flailed in mid-air afterwards.

Kevin Pritchard’s Reaction

Thoughts

Terrible news for Oden and the Blazers .

  • Greg Oden has no luck.
  • The injury is on his left knee. Not the one (right knee) where he had the micro-fracture surgery. That’s good news.
  • Appearantly, most players who have this injury make a strong recovery. Also, good news.

On the Blazers …

  • Portland’s chances of contending for a title this season just evaporated. They’re a good-to-very good team who’ll be a handful in the postseason but they’re not good enough to win a title.
  • The Blazers shouldn’t make any personnel moves that sacrifice their future ability for the present tense.
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