Trail Blazers Greg Oden Out Until at Least January

I don’t think anyone on the planet or Pandora is surprised by this. You never want to tell anyone they should retire, but at some point Greg Oden might have to give it up.

The Blazers have done all they can, but just isn’t working out.

Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden, who last appeared in an NBA game on Dec. 5, 2009, will not be ready for the start of the 2011-2012 NBA regular season.

Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller made the news official while continuing to express full support for the oft-injured center during a meeting with reporters at the Rose Garden on Wednesday. Miller made it sound like Oden’s return to Portland is a foregone conclusion despite the fact that he is a restricted free agent.

“He won’t be ready for the start of the season but we’re hoping by January that he’s able to play,” Miller said.

I wonder how often Blazers fan thinks about how they could have had Kevin Durant.