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posted: Friday, January 4, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Greg shows his pool workout as he rehabs his knee after microfracture surgery in September. He continues his workouts in an out of the pool. Greg says "this pool, is made up of all my sweat..."

Blogger Noah said...

This Blazers fan is proud of you Greg! I know it must be hard to have to go through this rehab but your time to shine is coming. Stay strong and keep your head above water. Oh, and many thanks for energizing this Trail Blazers team and bringing us all a renewed confidence in the future of our one and only franchise!

January 4, 2008 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger nickker said...

Do you think Greg could do a back flip into the pool? I don't know if he's coordinated enough to but it would be schweeeeeet!

January 4, 2008 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger hrshepp said...

Greg- I am sending you my support. You have an extra year to prepare your boby for the NBA. All of us in Blazer Nation want to believe you are the real deal. I thin k you are. I cannot wait to see you dunk on the rest of the league. Train hard. Good luck. My best wishes for your success.---Shepp

January 5, 2008 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger henley said...

we're all rooting for you greg! I can't wait to see you in a blazers uniform playing alongside our beloved hometown favorite. I will admit I didn't like seeing you you dominate my michigan wolverines in college, but I am ready to see inflict the same sort of punishment on the rest of the nba! Good luck, please take your time, we want you at 100%--- Calvert

January 5, 2008 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger GOroy7 said...

I am with you greg! "Here is my saying Oden 08 it is soooo worth the wait"!!!! My dad just had that surgery one is ankle i know it hurts! GO ODEN! We all hope you get better!

January 5, 2008 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger rlp22blazer said...

Go Blazers the rings and parades are soon to come. Get well Greg

January 5, 2008 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger G.C. said...

Bro this is lame not havin you to play with the blazers i was lookin forward to seeing what you could do on the court, but this team is just gettin better and better and next year with your contribution i could see us going real far. Thank you for actually working i have been readin all ur blogs and watching the videos and it makes me feel good that our 1st pick isnt a lazy piece of crap like darius miles who should be cut from our team, i just, i hate him so much hes so fat and ugly and a worthless waist of our money...but you, you are a trooper and i cant wait to see you play

January 6, 2008 at 2:56 AM  
Blogger Jonesman said...

Greg- I can't wait to see you back on the floor with this team. If we get deep into the playoff's do you think there is any chance of having you on the floor?

January 6, 2008 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger brobablazer said...

Hey Greg:

First let me welcome you to the beautiful Northwest. All of us Blazer fans out here in Central Oregon are rootin' for you to have a speedy, but yet COMPLETE rehab..
Having you with our team is a dream come true. Our guys this year are doing AWESOME, can you imagine what it will be like when you get to join them? I have been a solid blazer fan since I was a boy growing up in Beaverton. GO BLAZERS!!!!!!!!!! R I P C I T Y !


January 7, 2008 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Orman_Family said...

Greg- stay focused, work hard and maintain patience in your return. Oregon wants you happy, healthy and safe in your return. We are excited to have you runnin' with the boys. We are so excited about the progress of the team; the attitude; the respect and the overall effort. We know you are a part of that- as displayed when you were so cordial to our family at the Justin Timberlake concert in Sept. Thanks for the leadership and being a part of our Oregon Family.

January 7, 2008 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Randy said...

Hey Greg,

I want to send some support for you. It must be pretty stressful getting back in to shape...and keeping your teams confidence in you as well. However, stay true to a player you represent a team...but, as a leader you represent what your character and values. Youre young with so much time..Relax. Watch who you hang around and..keep Jesus in your prayers. - Take Care of yourself and remember who you represent.-RTW

January 8, 2008 at 11:04 AM  
Blogger D-rock said...

Buddy, we just can't wait to see you in the line up for next year man. We will be a FORCE in the West next year. Who cares for another lotery pick next year? We already had the number ONE pick for 2007, & you will be the next SHAQ in the middle. Take it easy on the rehab and we will see you in Blazers uniform next season.

January 8, 2008 at 6:33 PM  
Blogger andyman said...

Hey Greg:

I know it's tough for you not being able to contribute on the court this season, but your mere presence has energized the city and your teammates. I think it's great that the Blazers have raised their level of play so high that when you do play next year, the pressure of having to recue a team won't be there. Keep working hard. I know it will be worth it. I'm looking forward to adding ODEN in '08!!

January 8, 2008 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger tim said...

Dear Greg,

I'll bet when you come back you'll be able to jump really high and block a lot of shots. I hope you come back and play like a young Chris Dudley. That would be amazing. BTW, do you know Arvydas Sabonis the former Blazers center? He's really big and he passes really well for a big guy. You should try to pass like him. Your head isn't as big as his, but his head is the size of a grizzly bear's head so you shouldn't feel bad.

Have your seen the movie Lord of the Rings? Remember the orks? I wonder what it would be like if they played basketball. Once there was this player named Ha who was on the Blazers. He was really big and Korean. He kind of reminded me of an ork. You should look him up on Youtube and look at his awesome moves. I think you'll learn a lot about how to be successful in the NBA just by watching. He was also voted the most beautiful Korean to ever play in the NBA.

Do you remember when you were playing at Ohio State University? Have you ever heard of the Buckeye bullet? Its powered by a 500hp AC induction motor. I saw it on television and it made me think about you.

Anyways, wouldn't it be weird if you wore those shoes you're wearing in the pool on the basketball court? I think you should wear your swim trunks when playing too. That would intimidate your opponents.

Well, I hope you're doing well and I hope your knee is healing. I think when you come back to the blazers they'll win 82 regular season games.

January 8, 2008 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger daniel said...

Greg it is good to see that you are able to get into a pool to keep your self in shape. Will look forward to when you can get on the court with the rest of the great blazers. I've been a fan sence way back through the good times and the bad. Keep up the good work. My the Lord Bless your days.

January 8, 2008 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger deluge99 said...

I love how humble you are dude, every game I have been to this year they put you up on the big screen and the crowd just erupts, you always seem to shrug it off, but we love you here in Portland and just seeing your face up there in the 4th quarter usually gives us the rally we need. Go Greg-O

January 9, 2008 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger nglesmann said...

Hi Greg, Thanks for letting us follow along as you rehab your knee and prepare to take your place on the active duty roster for our team next year. I commend you for your positive attitude and for all of the hard work you are putting in to get well. Please do not be tempted to try to come back too soon. It surely cannot be easy to have to work on rehab while the team is enjoying such an exciting period of success, but I see the future coming together in a wonderful way--when you do finally get to join your teammates on the floor and play together--our Blazers will really be a special team. I am so proud of all of the guys on the team, but I am especially proud of you. The strength of character you are showing at this difficult time, as well as your humble nature and sense of humor, are serving to make you a fan favorite and a player that we are going to be proud of for years to come. RIP CITY loves you--GO BLAZERS--GO GREG ODEN!!!---Nancy

January 9, 2008 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger millertime said...

Blazer fan since i was alittle kid and i am exited about what is going on in portland and it will only be better when oden comes back. Take it slow so you don't hurt your self again. You will be great. rip city

January 9, 2008 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger DalePatty said...

Hang in there Greg, great things happen to people who are patient and enduring. Dale

January 9, 2008 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger orig24fan said...

On behalf of my grandmother, Ramona Poorman, RIP CITY Blazers! She is in heaven smiling down at how you've all come together as a team!!

January 11, 2008 at 11:58 AM  
Blogger blazersfan08 said...

i have been a blazers fan since the rip city days and have always stayed loyal, however for a few years there it wasn't so with a lot of fans. it's very exciting to see everyone come together again and play as a team and believe as a city again. Alot of that goes to greg. I remember watching the draft and was so excited to see us the next year i almost was jumping out of my skin. there has been a lot of talk about you when you come back and some worries. I know, along with many others, that everything will take it's course and next year NBA teams will have one more reason to be scared to come into our house, GREG ODEN!! keep up the strenous work and remember portland is behind you- josh

January 11, 2008 at 3:36 PM  
Blogger Kathy Y said...

Here's a story for you, Greg.
I have 2 sons. One is teaching in Japan. He committed to 3 years there after graduating from ASU. When I call him after the games, he can rattle off all the game stats as he keeps his eye on the Trailblazers from his lap top in Japan. My other son is attending Univ of OR. They played basketball all through school and still play often. When the news came out that Portland would have the #1 draft pick my boys went nuts! Long story short - even though they cannot attend games together until 2009, the boys wanted to go in together on season tickets. I liked the idea so much that I invested in the season tickets in support of the idea for my sons and in support of this awesome new team. My husband and I attend most of the home games. My son in Eugene makes it to as many as his schedule - and the Ducks schedule! - allows. We have good seats right across from the Blazer bench up in section
321. We patiently await the great day when the boys can finally attend the games together.
And this whole city waits for that big, huge exciting game when you arrive on the court with the team!!
Please know that everyone is in support of you - it's a very exciting time for Portland. You're a big part of it and we want you to take that with you every day til you're back where you belong - on the court in front of YOUR home crowd!

January 12, 2008 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger HBH said...

Hey Greg, just had our first ever litter of puppies, Shepadoodles. The family with two kids, ~3 & ~6 that took pick of the litter named him "Oden". (Because he is big and handsome ???). Anyway, what's the chance you would present this puppy to these kids sometime in the next two weeks. It would be something they would remember forever.

January 12, 2008 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger stat-1 said...

i wish you good luck,greg oden.i hope you will play your first nba game as soon as possible. i will always be a big fan of you.nice greets from germany

January 13, 2008 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger stat-1 said...

i wish you good luck with your rehab.i hope you will play your first nba game as soon as possible.i believe in you. nice greets from germany

January 13, 2008 at 6:51 AM  
Blogger Ty-T-Whitee said...

Greg don't get down on yourself about you missing your rookie season because when I was at the christmas game you look upset that you weren't playing with the other great player on this team and you shouldn't just think of it as more time to get stronger and get more misdom about the nba. But all of RIP CITY is with you and we hope to see you if not the playoffs the in 08-09! Hope you have a safe recovery!

Your Fan and fellow Blazer fan
Tyler k.

January 15, 2008 at 12:43 PM  
Blogger Ty-T-Whitee said...

Greg don't feel bad about you missing your rookie season just think of it as more time to get stronger and get more misdom about the nba. But all of RIP CITY is with you and we hope to see you if not the playoffs the in 08-09! Hope you have a safe recovery!

Your Fan and fellow Blazer fan
Tyler k.

January 15, 2008 at 12:45 PM  
Blogger Kathy Y said...

Greg, it's great to see you at the games with your team. It'll be really terrific when you're in a Trailblazer jersey on the court! My boys wanted to get season tickets so we went in on them together. It has been so much fun. One of them is teaching in Japan and cannot attend games until he returns in the fall of 2009; but the prospect of seeing you and the whole team play together was enough of an incentive to put his money on season tickets even though he has to wait 2 years after that purchase to actually attend a game.
Meantime, my husband and I go to the games; my other son who attends University of Oregon (and plays a lot of basketball) comes to the games, too.
This is such an awesome young team. We patiently wait with you, for the day when you are out there too. You think the Rose Garden is loud just WAIT! Blazermania will explode like never before. Our best to you in your rehab. You are an inspiration to Portland.

January 19, 2008 at 10:21 AM  

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