by Kevin McCormack
This is a sad, Sad Trombone of the Week, as we have to award it to Greg Oden of the Portland Trail Blazers. On Wednesday the Blazers announced that Oden would miss the rest of the season because of microfracture surgery on his left knee (not to be confused with the microfracture surgery he’s already had performed on his right knee), meaning that the big fella will now have missed three of the last four years because of major knee surgeries. Not good.
The injury news brought with it a chorus of the dreaded “B-words,” which now seem inextricably linked to Oden’s name (Bust & Bowie, Sam). It’s unfair to Oden that he’s forever going to be compared to Kevin Durant, but them’s the breaks. And by being drafted by the team that famously passed on Michael Jordan, the historical hurdles that Oden will have to overcome in Rip City are immense.
We wish Oden well once again on his rehab — he’s always seemed like a kind-hearted, goofy kid at his core.
So the trombone sounds for you Mr. Oden. Take it home with some fantastically awful ‘N Sync karaoke:
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