Local Legend Watch: Greg Oden Endures More Knee Surgery

From the damn shame category, former Lawrence North legend and number one overall draft pick for the Portland Trail Blazers, Greg Oden is back in the news for yet another round of knee surgery, this time on his left knee, that will keep him sidelined for yet another NBA season.

The Portland Trail Blazers said Monday that a procedure to clear debris out of Oden's left knee resulted in another microfracture surgery. Oden had the surgery in Vail, Colo. Although it was originally expected to be an arthroscopic procedure to clean out the 7-footer's knee, the surgeon determined there was additional damage.

That makes three microfracture knee surgeries for Oden with one on the right knee and two on the left. That Oden is missing another season isn't a surprise at this point, instead disheartening for the player and organization supporting him.

"It's hard to put into words the heartbreak for everyone involved, but especially for Greg. He's a young man who has experienced a great number of physical challenges in his playing career and today is yet another significant setback for him," Trail Blazers President Larry Miller said in a prepared statement. "We have a lot of empathy for Greg and his family during this difficult time."

Seems like a lifetime ago that Oden and Michael Conley were raising state championship trophies on the regular at the Fieldhouse for Lawrence North. Here's to hoping Oden returns to the court again in the NBA at some point in our lifetime.

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