I saw this over the news wire:
Oden Undergoes Knee Procedure
I can’t even imagine what is going through not only his mind, but his agent’s and the GM of the Trailblazers. This is going to be his fourth knee operation in as many years for him. The Blazers were going to offer him 9.5 million for this season. That was until they found out that he was having knee problems again. The offer dropped down to 1.5 million which of course he took because there was no other offer that was going to come to him.
Oden hasn’t played in over two years and it looks like you might as well chalk it up to three after this operation is complete. With him not having a contract after this season is over, I just can’t see any team taking a chance on him so he can sit out another season. No instead I think his brief career is over as sad as that seems. If his career does end it’s going to look pretty sad. The number 1 overall pick in the draft done after 82 career games. A season and two games . . . that is just sad.
Seriously though I don’t think anyone could have seen this coming. I mean, yes, he did run into some in juries in college, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be this bad. Before you say he’s a 7 footer, they all have bad knees, that might be true, but there have been a lot of number one overall choices that were big men and didn’t run into this kind of trouble injury wise. What makes me really sad though is even healthy, he wasn’t the same player after that micro-facture surgery and it never really looked like he was going to ever achieve what was expected from him.
Big things were expected too, just take a look at his signed rookie cards. They were once one of the hottest cards on the market. Now his rookie card autographs are selling for a mere $10 on the bay of E. These were the same cards that were going for $150 – 200 back in 2007. Now they are “deal cards” at the card shows. Makes me kind of feel bad for the guy. He will go down as the second worst overall pick (thanks to Bias dying), still I just wish he didn’t run into all of these issues. You never want tosee a career end before it really even got started.
What do you think of Greg Oden?