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Greg Oden Doesn’t Intend To Retire

Having previously had microfracture surgery on each knee, Greg Oden underwent yet another microfracture surgery on his left knee this week, ending his season. While the procedure is just the latest in a number of setbacks for the former first overall pick, Oden has no plans to retire yet, reports Chris Mannix of

At this point, a comeback for Oden, who hasn't played in an NBA game since December 2009, looks like a long shot. The Blazers don't figure to offer Oden another contract this summer, though acting GM Chad Buchanan wasn't about to write off the center's career.

"Greg's still very young, in relative terms, for a professional basketball player," Buchanan said. "He's recovered from a couple of these before. His last two microfracture lesions have healed fine. So there's no reason to think he couldn't come back as long as he shows the work ethic and desire that he's had in the past to come back."

Agent Bill Duffy told Jason Quick of the Oregonian that it's too early to speculate about Oden's future, but that the 24-year-old "is not going to hear anything from us but optimism" (Twitter links).

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2 thoughts on “Greg Oden Doesn’t Intend To Retire

  1. Paul Shailor

    Its sad this site doesnt get more traffic, the articles on this site and the analysis are really good!

  2. K-Hopp

    This makes me think of Councilman Dexhart from Parks & Rec:

    “I have no plans to resign!”

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