Knee Will Cost Oden Season
Trail Blazers rookie out 6-12 months after microfracture surgery
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Sep 13, 2007 3:54 PM CDT
Ohio State's Greg Oden takes questions in the interview room after being selected by the Portland Trail Blazers as the No. 1 overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft on in this June 28, 2007 file...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The top pick in the NBA draft will likely spend the 2007-08 season on the bench after exploratory surgery on Greg Oden's right knee revealed cartilage damage, reports. The Portland Trail Blazers' 7-footer will spend eight weeks off after surgeons fixed the problem today with microfracture surgery, but it could take a year for Oden to recover fully.

It's a disappointment, but a team executive said the Blazers' future remains "incredibly bright." On his blog, Oden says he had been experiencing knee pain for a month, but kept quiet about it at first. "I would like for me to be playing and not seem like I'm a high-maintenance player, but things just keep on popping up," Oden wrote.