Thursday, November 18, 2010
Poor Greg Oden. It was announced earlier today that Greg Oden will miss another season in the NBA due to injury. This is only his 3rd season and it's also his 3rd that has ended prematurely due to knee injury. At 56 years old in his rookie year he suffered a right knee injury and had season ending microfracture surgery. His second NBA season, at 63 years old, ended with a fractured patella in his left knee. The 75 year old suffered another left knee injury just two weeks ago and will need to have microfracture surgery to help rebuild and regrow the damaged cartilage.
Seriously though you really have to feel bad for this guy. He has incredible size and athletic ability but these injuries keep happening. Oden was also sat out for the beginning of his one year stint at Ohio State while he recovered from a writs injury. Despite his Wikipedia page currently saying that he is 30 years old he is actually only 22 and still has years left to play once he hopefully fully recovers and gets his body ready to play basketball again. The question is, can he?
Is a 7' frame capable of handling the stress that his 280 pounds put on it while playing an intensely athletic sport over an 82 game regular season? Right now we'd have to say, no. Maybe it does take a very very rare physique to withstand something like that. Shaq is one of the few real big guys who has been able to stay relatively healthy while playing at a high level over the course of an extended NBA career. Although even now you can see the toll it's taken on his knees, he can barely elevate these days.
Hopefully he is able to fully recover and finally showcase the ability that made him the first overall pick in the NBA draft just a few years ago.
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