It’s been six months since Greg Oden had microfracture surgery on his knee. Since he’s considered the next-greatest center, Portland is being extremely cautious with his rehab. Too bad Oden isn’t doing the same. Despite the fact the team has cleared him to only participate in light drills, Oden decided to play in two pick-up games at a fitness center the other night:
We heard about that, and I talked to him today,” coach Nate McMillan said. “I let him know he can’t do that.”
“I know he is excited to be moving again, but as I talked to him about it he said ‘Coach, I promise I wasn’t running hard …’. And I was like — ‘I really don’t care’,”‘ McMillan said. “The thing is, we were surprised. So we let him know that he doesn’t need to be there. We have plenty of workout equipment and gym space at our facility.”
After Oden took part in two pickup games Wednesday night, one of the participants went home and posted an account on the Internet. By Thursday morning, word had gotten back to the Blazers, who were in Oakland, Calif., for a game against Golden State. McMillan said he then called Oden.
He’s also banned from allowing chicks to grind their ass up against him. I just can’t get enough of that picture.