PORTLAND, Ore. -- Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, the No. 1
pick in the NBA draft, will undergo exploratory arthroscopic
surgery this week because of pain in his right knee.
An MRI taken last week showed Oden may have some cartilage
problems, general manager Kevin Pritchard said Monday.
A timetable for Oden's return will be set following the surgery,
which will take place Thursday in Vancouver, Wash. The Trail
Blazers open training camp in three weeks and the regular season
starts Oct. 30.
This is Oden's second health problem since the Trail Blazers
drafted him in June. He had a tonsillectomy in July after
struggling in two Las Vegas summer league games.
Oden recovered from the tonsillectomy and was working out in the
Portland area when he felt pain in his knee. The MRI was taken
Thursday and Oden refrained from working out over the weekend.
Cheri Hanson, a team spokeswoman, said Oden and coach Nate McMillan would not be available to answer questions. Efforts to
reach Oden's agent, Mike Conley Sr., by phone were not successful.
Oden, despite being hampered by a wrist injury, averaged 15.7
points and 9.6 rebounds for Ohio State last season, leading the
Buckeyes to the national championship game as a freshman. He had 25
points and 12 rebounds in the loss to Florida.
The Trail Blazers were the surprise winners of the NBA draft
lottery and chose Oden over Texas forward Kevin Durant, who went