Portland Trail Blazers lost Greg Oden for the rest of the season to a knee injury. The Center injured his left knee in a game against Houston Rockets on Saturday, 5th December, 2009. Medics have administered a fracture and advised a graceful period of rest.
The 7-footer collided with Aaron Brooks driving towards the basket half-way into the first quarter. Oden dropped to the floor grasping in pain and was immediately attended by physicians. The game was paused for about 7 minutes and restarted after Oden was rushed off court in a stretcher. Later on, he was carefully examined and underwent a MRI scan to reveal the extent of the injury.
The team management later released a statement, in which Oden regretted his miss out, “I’m obviously disappointed having worked so hard to get to where I was. This is a setback but I’ll be back. It’s in God’s hands now”
The Ohio State University graduate was a 1st pick at the 2007 NBA Draft but has had his NBA career infected with injuries. The team, however, is backing up the Center for his efforts. “I thought he was the most consistent player this short season. For him to go through this – it’s just unfortunate for him because he worked so hard,” expressed coach Nate McMillan while Oden has expressed his regret and asked his teammates to go on fighting in his absence.