Oden May Miss Season with Knee Injury
One day after Greg Oden and his agent proclaimed progress in the oft-injured center’s latest knee rehabilitation, the Trail Blazers announced Oden had actually suffered a setback, leading to a restructuring of his one-year contract.
The Blazers said the new contract was negotiated because they are “less confident” Oden will be able to play this season. Oden, who had microfracture surgery on his left knee in November of 2010, hasn’t played in a game in more than two years.
Oden on Thursday was examined by noted knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., after which he and one of his agents, Mike Conley Sr., declared progress, saying he was cleared to expand his rehabilitation to include basketball activities such as shooting, cutting and pivoting. The Blazers declined to comment on Thursday.
But upon further examination, it was determined that Oden has an issue with a non-weight bearing ligament. Oden has no symptoms and doesn’t feel restricted, but the doctors are concerned with the fragility of the ligament.