I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes you have no choice. We’ll do it like this. I’ll start with the worse news, and work forward to the simply bad news. That way when it’s all over you might be able to imagine that there is a light somewhere at the end of this tunnel.
The terrible news was broken earlier this evening via twitter and OregonLive. Greg Oden will undergo another microfracture knee surgery. Oden will not return this season. Here is the initial story from OregonLive. The Blazers will have a press conference about the future of this season and Greg Oden later this evening. Stay close to your computers because I’m sure there will be plenty to talk about.
Now for the news that is simply bad. Brandon Roy underwent an MRI to get a better diagnosis on his ailing knee. The MRI showed no new damage, and surgery has been ruled out as an option. Brandon will miss the next two games, against Denver on Thursday and against Utah on Saturday, but should return after the week that Portland has off leading up to their rematch with New Orleans. Here‘s OregonLive’s piece on Brandon.
Twitter has blown up in the last hour or so with everyone weighing in on what’s up with Greg. I’ll say this and this only. I’ve had the privilege of speaking to Greg in my life, and he is a great guy with a lot of heart. All he has ever wanted is to live up to the MASSIVE expectations that every single Blazer fan has bestowed upon him. This latest setback probably hurts him as much as a person as it does a basketball player. Going forward we should all remember that he is a human being, not just a basketball player, and I’m willing to bet nobody is more frustrated or disappointed about losing now his third season due to knee injury than Greg Oden.
I’ll end this short post with a positive: Tuesday’s win was a team effort, I’m sure every Blazer is itching to prove that that wasn’t a fluke.