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Friday, September 14, 2007

Blazer management is lying

I have a question for the Portland Trailblazers management. How think do you stupid we are?

The Blazers released this statement from their physicians regarding Greg Oden's prognosis:

"He was found to have articular cartilage damage in his right knee. The area of injury was not large and we were able to treat it with micro fracture, which stimulates the growth of cartilage. There are things about this that are positive for Greg. First of all he is young. The area where the damage was is small and the rest of his knee looked normal. All those are good signs for a complete recovery from micro fracture surgery."

Notice how many times they mentioned that the tear was "small" or "not large"? If you tell a lie enough times, they must figure, it becomes the truth.

I spoke with friends of mine who are orthopedic surgeons, and to a man they confirmed what any idiot could suspect. You do not perform microfracture surgery on a small cartilage tear. For the treating physicians to conclude that Oden required a microfracture procedure, they all concurred, the tear had to be pervasive.

Moreover, they confirmed something else I suspected. The fact that Oden cannot recall a specific moment when he tore the cartilage ("He cannot remember injuring his knee at all," Conley said. "I guess he just felt some discomfort. Greg can't remember when he hurt it.") suggests the damage in his knee almost certainly was a product of long term degeneration. Which further suggests there was ample evidence of it prior to the NBA draft. Which means the Blazers should have known about it.

The bottom line is Greg Oden will never be the player he might have been. Meaning the Blazers botched yet another top pick. Their fans deserve to know why, and all they are getting from Portland brass is lies and disingenuous information.


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