Oden's recovery is expected to take six to 12 months.
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SECAUCUS, N.J., Sept. 14, 2007 -- Greg Oden is out of the operating room and likely out for the impending 2007-08 season after undergoing an arthroscopy and a microfracture surgery yesterday in Portland. The much ballyhooed center, who led Ohio State to the NCAA title game in April, is walking with the aid of crutches and will likely need six to 12 months for a full recovery. Trail Blazers General Manager Kevin Pritchard held a press conference to update the world on Oden's condition, praising his No. 1 pick's accountability and dedication to the franchise by relaying the story of the 7-0 teenager repeatedly apologizing for letting the team down with his injury. "Certainly this is a setback, but our future is still incredibly bright," Pritchard said. "Is it disappointing? Yes. However, this is a great core of talent and players of strong character and will continue to be." NBA.com takes you around the web to see what is being said about Oden's injury.

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NBA.com's Dave McMenamin: Oden Not Alone: Injuries to Other No. 1 Picks

"This certainly takes some of the wind out of Trail Blazers fans' sails, but it's no reason to hit the panic button. Portland isn't the first franchise to have its top selection miss a chunk of his rookie season due to injury. Since the Draft Lottery era began in 1985, six out of the 22 top picks have gone on to miss a significant amount of games (14 games or more) because of various health reasons in their inaugural campaigns. Oden makes it seven for 23."


The Oregonian, September 14: From Shock to Sorrow
"With his voice cracking, coach Nate McMillan delivered the news that eventually would send shock waves throughout Portland and the professional basketball world: Greg Oden will not play this season after team doctor Don Roberts performed microfracture surgery Thursday morning on the highly touted center's right knee."

The Oregonian, September 14: Coaches Forced to go with Plan B

"When the shock subsides and the disbelief dissolves, reality will set in for the Trail Blazers: Training camp still opens in less than three weeks and a nationally televised season opener at reigning champion San Antonio still remains. Greg Oden is gone. But the season will continue."

USA Today, September 14: Blazers' Oden Out for Season After Knee Surgery

"The blow rocked the franchise and the city, which was braced for a renaissance with LaMarcus Aldridge primed for his first full season and rookie of the year Brandon Roy aboard for his second."

Portland Tribune, September 14: Oden: ‘I’m sorry’

"Greg looked at me and said 'sorry' 20 times," Pritchard says. "I could feel the weight of the world on his shoulders."

Portland Tribune, September 14: Blazers fans, the sky isn't falling

"Just relax, Portland. Take a deep breath, step back and put down the sharp objects. It’s not the end of the world."

The Los Angeles Times, September 14: Greg Oden's Life Isn't Action-Packed

"OK, now it's all right to mention Greg Oden and Sam Bowie in the same sentence."

The New York Times, September 14: Oden’s Career Is Delayed by Surgery

"Although microfracture surgery has been associated with the rapid decline of many N.B.A. stars — among them Chris Webber, Penny Hardaway and Antonio McDyess — it is not necessarily career altering. The Phoenix Suns star Amare Stoudemire played in the All-Star Game in February, 16 months after having the procedure. Jason Kidd of the Nets is another success story."

San Jose Mercury News, September 14: I Still Would’ve Taken Greg Oden

"I said then it was a no-brainer to take Oden. I say it now, even knowing that Oden will miss his entire rookie season. I still say it. Sort of."


ESPN.com, September 14: Greg Oden is Not Sam Bowie
"Greg Oden has never had leg trouble before. He has been kicking a-- all over the basketball court since he was tiny. He missed eight games because of a wrist injury in one season. Otherwise, he has been winning, winning, and winning some more. He has anchored top teams in middle school, in AAU, in high school, and in college. He is only 19, so his track record is not extensive. But for what it is, he could lecture most of us on reliability."

CBS SportsLine, September 14: Oden's Down, but Blazers Not Quite Out

"Three months from now, once this initial shock of losing Oden for his entire rookie season subsides and resignation sets in, this may not wind up being as bad is it currently seems."

ESPN.com, September 13: Blazers Don't Deserve Bowie 2.0

"The three-word e-mail came this morning from someone who knows things: 'Oden -- microfracture surgery.' My three-word response: 'Oh. My. God.'"

Sports Illustrated, September 14: Assessing the Impact of Greg Oden's Injury

"'Our doctors saw some early signs of arthritis in his knees,' an executive with that franchise recalled Thursday after news of Oden's microfracture had come out. 'They were also really concerned with his hip and his back as well. The way they explained it, all of those problems are linked: The knee hurts because the back is doing this, and the back hurts because the hip is doing that. The doctors thought there was some inter-connectivity between each issue, so that basically his body was working against itself.'"

ESPN.com, September 13: Oden Following in Footsteps of Misfortune in Portland

"If his body can't hold up while he's a 19-year-old, what's going to happen in the long run? Will these be chronic problems? Given Oden's blog report that he first noticed the pain while getting up off a couch this summer, you have to wonder: If it hurts to do that, how much damage will a night of banging against Yao Ming inflict?"

FOX Sports.com, September 14: Still Way too Early for Bowie Analogy

"Even though Oregon seems to be the perfect place for it, anyone eager to rubberneck the presumed ugly vibe has nothing to see in Portland. Go on home, doomsday drumbeaters, and conjure up a few more sweeping, referee-related conspiracies. Unless former Trail Blazers GM Bob Whitsitt has been certified as a warlock, no hex has been placed upon this franchise."

ESPN.com, September 13: Oden, Blazers Must Avoid Perils of a Premature Comeback

"I was a member of the Blazers when we drafted Sam Bowie over a guy named Michael Jordan -- just like the Blazers drafted Oden over Kevin Durant. You'll get the obvious comparisons, especially with Durant right up the road there in Seattle. Durant is going to have a terrific year for the Sonics -- he's an exceptional athlete -- and when you're the Blazers and know that and you now know that Oden is going to be out the whole year, that's a very tough situation. There's a temptation to be emotional, even despondent."

FOX Sports.com, September 13: Future Considerations

"Sure, the loss of top pick Greg Oden may hurt the Blazers in the short term. But they weren't going to be a playoff team next year anyway. Just think how good Portland will be with Oden — and another lottery pick — going into '08-09?"


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Blazers Edge: An Open Letter to Greg Oden
AOL Sports: Sam Bowie All Over Again?
ESPN.com: What Exactly Happened to Greg Oden's Knee?
The Big Lead: We Woke Up and Greg Oden Was Still Out For the Year.
Blazers Blog: The Greg Oden Surgery Reaction