HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Just the words Greg Oden, knee and surgery are enough to make us cringe these days.
Even though it’s supposed to be a routine, cleaning of debris, per the report from Jason Quick of the Oregonian, we can’t help but be a little nervous about Oden going in for his fourth knee surgery since he was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 Draft.
It’s his right knee this time, but at this point, it’s a tough pill to swallow either way. More on what exactly he is dealing with this time from the Oregonian:
The right knee has not given Oden problems since 2007, when he had microfracture performed before the season started.
His left knee was the knee in question during his December visit in Vail, Colo., when the team deemed he had suffered a setback because of an issue with a non-weight bearing ligament in his knee.
Oden, who turned 24 last month, has not played in an NBA game since December of 2009, when he fractured his left patella. After rehabilitating from that injury, Oden never made it back, having to undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee in November of 2010.
How could a player blessed with so much potential be cursed with such bad injury luck is beyond our comprehension here at the hideout. You only hope that Oden recovers from this latest setback and one day has a chance to at least attempt to make more out of his career than the 82 games he’s played since coming into the league.
Unfortunately, we will all be left to wonder what might have been had this young behemoth ever stayed healthy enough long enough to do more than show flashes of being a challenger to the throne of being the best big man in the league.