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Blazers’ Oden out for season


PORTLAND, Ore. » Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, the former No. 1 draft pick whose short career has been marred by injuries, will have microfracture surgery on his left knee and will not play this season.

Oden hasn’t played since last December because he needed surgery to repair a fractured left patella. The Blazers say this microfracture surgery will repair damaged cartilage and is unrelated to the patella injury. Oden, the top pick in the 2007 draft, missed his rookie season because of microfracture surgery on his right knee.

He was having arguably the best season of his career when he broke his right kneecap during a game last December against the Houston Rockets. He was averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks as a starter.

The 7-footer often has been compared to former Portland center Sam Bowie, whom the Blazers famously selected in front of Michael Jordan in the 1984 draft.

The Blazers picked Oden instead of Kevin Durant, who went to the Oklahoma City franchise and has blossomed into one of the NBA’s best players.



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