Greg Oden is Out for the Season

Busta BucketCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 20:  Greg Oden #52 of the Portland Trail Blazers dunks against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game at Oracle Arena on November 20, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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More to come later this morning, here's the release from the team:

GREG ODEN SIDELINED WITH FRACTURED LEFT PATELLA

PORTLAND, Ore .: Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden fractured his left patella, an MRI confirmed tonight. Oden will undergo surgery and is likely out for the season.

A surgery date has yet to be determined.

The injury occurred at the 7:45 mark of the first quarter in Saturday's 90-89 win vs. Houston.

"I'm obviously disappointed having worked so hard to get to where I was," said Oden. "This is a setback, but I'll be back. It's in God's hands now. I want to thank the fans, my teammates and everyone in the Blazers family for all of their good thoughts."

In 20 games prior to the injury, Oden averaged 11.7 points (60.5% FG), and team highs of 8.8 rebounds and 2.40 blocks. Entering Saturday, Oden ranked second in the NBA in blocked shots and fourth in field goal percentage.

"This was a setback, no doubt about it," said General Manager Kevin Pritchard. "It felt like a punch in the gut, but he's going to bounce back. That's the kind of kid he is."

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