Greg Oden still not playing basketball

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Courtesy of the Portland Tribune’s Kerry Eggers, Here’s the latest on the talented but injury-plagued Blazers Center:

Despite rumor to the contrary, Greg Oden will not join his Trail Blazers teammates in informal scrimmage sessions this week at the club’s Tualatin training facility.
General Manager Rich Cho said Sunday that the 7-foot center is running and coming along well in rehab from December knee surgery, but not yet playing basketball.
“We’re going to ease him into it … maybe do some two-on-two or three-on-three, instead of up-and down five-on-five,” Cho said. “I’m hoping he’ll be cleared to do that in the next couple of weeks.”

Oden has been out since fracturing his left patella on December 5th, 2009. He missed his rookie season due to microfracture surgery on his right knee. Since being drafted, Oden has played in 82 of a possible 246 regular-season games. 

Oden’s 23.14 PER last season would have been the 8th-best mark in the league if he had played enough to qualify, and the Blazers were 5.2 points per 100 possessions better when Oden was on the floor last season. Oden still has the talent to be one of the best centers in the league — hopefully this is the last time he’ll have to suffer through an extended injury rehab process.