Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 2/21/12
When news broke that Greg Oden wouldn’t be playing basketball this season last night, the Blazers’ front-office faced the inevitable question regarding their infamous decision to draft Oden over Kevin Durant, and they once again stuck to their guns (God bless ‘em .) From CBS Sports: “For the first time since the Blazers selected him in 2007, Oden even faces the prospect of being released outright by a team that has remained endlessly loyal as he’s missed the equivalent of four of his first five seasons in the league. With three microfracture surgeries, a fractured left patella and a February arthroscopic procedure on his right knee now in his past, the chances that he is ever able to step foot on an NBA court have never been smaller. Despite the five knee surgeries, Oden has banked more than $23 million despite playing just 82 total regular season games and he has outlasted the GM who drafted him, Kevin Pritchard, and the GM who followed Pritchard, Rich Cho. The Blazers have not ap...
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