Greg Oden is Day to Day

Here's the Press Release from the Blazers regarding Oden sitting out the Rookie/Sophomore game.

I sent some communications to a team source to see if we could get confirmation on Greg playing Wednesday.  Nothing concrete for you on that other than he did practice today.

ODEN WILL NOT PLAY IN 2009 ROOKIE-SOPHOMORE GAME

PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Trail Blazers rookie Greg Oden will not play in the 2009 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam this evening after experiencing discomfort in his left (non operative) knee.

Oden underwent a precautionary MRI today, which revealed some swelling and a chip fracture of the patella.

Oden, who practiced with the Rookie Team today, felt some discomfort after bumping knees with the Warriors' Corey Maggette in the fourth quarter of last night's game at Golden State.

He is listed as day-to-day and will be reevaluated upon return to Portland.

Update: Geoffrey C. Arnold has the following update.

"I woke up ... and it was swollen. I banged knees with (Golden State guard) Corey Maggette (Thursday) night," Oden said. "I really wanted to be out there playing. I'm a little disappointed, but I'd rather be out playing in the regular season."

Oden was introduced before the game but did not play.

Oden, who missed all of last season after being the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft, has been hampered by injuries during his short career. But this one does not appear serious. He is listed as day to day.

During the Rookie/Sophomore game Craig Sager interviewed Greg Oden. Greg was smiling and seemed to be in pretty good spirits.

Sager: "What's the extent of the injury and how disapppointed are you?"

"I'm very disappointed but I know I'll come back soon.  It's just one of those things where I don't want to try it out.  It's supposed to be fine and I don't want to injure it any more than it is.

Sager: "Blather, blather, blather... How disappointing is this?"

It's very disappointing. Someone told me earlier today that I have great timing with my injuries. Right before my rookie season, right in the first game in the Lakers stadium, and then now, right before the all star game, It's always the big games when something happens to me.

Sager: "Blather, blather, blather... are you going to be alright?"

I'm pretty sure it's going to be all right.

-- Ben (benjamin.golliver@gmail.com)

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