More analysis of tonight's press conference is forthcoming from Ben Golliver shortly. I'll have some big-picture discussion once the dust has settled. But for those who want the quick, nitty-gritty from the proceedings here are a couple of main points:
- Greg Oden apparently injured his knee during a routine pre-game workout against Joel Przybilla prior to the Blazers-Lakers game last Sunday. The workout was standard fare between Przybilla and Oden, described as a "hard workout" but par for the course as their recovery neared completion. Blazers Trainer Jay Jensen was not present during the workout but other team officials were.
- Oden sat on Portland's bench during Sunday's game and felt no pain or swelling.
- The first indication of trouble came Monday during Maurice Lucas' funeral when swelling became evident.
- Oden's knee was drained on Tuesday after which swelling continued. At that time an MRI was ordered which revealed the problem, described by Jensen as an "Articular Cartilage issue" or "a 9-iron divot of grass" hole in Oden's cartilage.
- Coach Nate McMillan has not yet addressed the players but will do so tomorrow.
- Most of the press conference discussion was medical. Jensen spoke at length, McMillan contributed. General Manager Rich Cho was quiet during most of the proceedings.
More to come.