Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden will undergo microfracture surgery on his injured left knee and will miss the remainder of the 2010-11 NBA season. Oden has been sidelined since last December with a fracture in his left patella that failed to heal properly. It's the second time Oden has had to undergo microfracture surgery, the first coming on his right knee prior to his rookie year.
The Blazers passed along a press release with the details. (via Blazers Edge)
Dr. Richard Steadman will perform the surgery with assistance from Trail Blazers orthopedic surgeon Dr. Don Roberts at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo.
Oden, 22, has been sidelined since fracturing his left patella in a Dec. 5, 2009, game vs. Houston. A recent MRI showed damaged cartilage to the surface of his femur, and his current injury is unrelated to the fractured left patella.
The Blazers made Oden the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft, picking the Ohio State center over current Oklahoma City phenom Kevin Durant. Since then, Oden has appeared in just 82 games during his four-year career. He's averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.43 assists in that span.
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