Greg Oden is Not Who You Thought He Was

Dumont WalkerSenior Analyst IFebruary 20, 2009

I hate to be the guy who jumps on a young man and just beats him into the ground, but this is one instance where I am willing to be called a hater.

Greg Oden should be given the nickname The Big Hurt, and it's not because he throws down thunderous dunks in the paint. Once again Greg Oden finds himself the shelf with an injury.

It was revealed earlier this week that Greg Oden is suffering from a bone chip in his left knee. The injury will keep Oden out at least three games. This marks the second time this season that Greg Oden has missed time due to injury.

Oden missed six games at the beginning of the season due to a foot injury. Also do not forget that Greg Oden missed all of his rookie season after undergoing micro-fracture surgery.

That came on the heels of having his tonsils removed during the summer. Oh, and did I mention he missed significant time during his one year at Ohio State after suffering a broken wrist?

Basically my point is Oden has what we like to call where I'm from "brittle bones." It's not a knock on Oden because frankly they is nothing he can do about it. Some people just cannot take the bumps and the bruises. What would just be a bruise for most of us turns out to be a broken bone for others.

It's a shame to because Greg Oden could potentially be a solid long term producer in the NBA, but at this rate he will spend more time on IR than on the hardwood. Now granted I once compared Greg Oden to Ralph Sampson, and I may be wrong with that comparison.

However, there is a good chance that Greg Oden could turn out to be a lot like another brittle NBA Superstar we know, and well that's not one of the best things either.