UPDATE: Well, we’ve learned the news is worse than hoped, but there’s a chance he’ll recover as well as Stoudemire and Randolph have from microfracture surgery. In any case the Blazers have good young team going into the new season even without Oden. I’ll enjoy watching Aldridge become a star this year, and I will not be canceling my season tickets!
First off, all I know about Oden’s knee I learned at the Blazers Blog. I don’t want to have to read an entire Canzano column and thanks to Blazers Blog I don’t have to . . .
My quick take is that all the hullabaloo over Oden’s arthroscopic knee surgery is a tempest in a teapot. The procedure is relatively common amongst athletes. Nagging injuries, though frustrating to players and fans, are especially common amongst 7 footers. Bowie-style multiple breakages or Walton-esque chronic, and mysterious, foot problems are the ones I would worry about. Oden has a long, possibly great, career in front of him; it’s unrealistic to expect it to be injury-free. He’s a young, smart, strong, and athletic 7 footer. The Blazers literally and figuratively won the lottery. Wake me up when the season starts.