Well, I'm probably like a lot of you.....I STILL don't want to believe that our "chosen one"--Greg Oden is out for the year. Here's my view on it however. If it was going to happen....I'm glad it happened now. I'm cautiously optimistic that everything will work out in the long run. Yes, microfracture surgery is a tricky proceedure....but in recent years, it's become quite advanced. It's good that is was a minimal area...good that he's very young....and good that he 'appears' to have a solid work ethic to battle through this. I'm confident that in 2008-09...Oden will be just what we envisioned--plus, he'll be healthy (God willing). What I'm still a little irritated about is when and where the 'actual' injury took place. Did the Blazers know about his knee prior to the draft? Were they willing to take such a high risk regardless of health concerns? And why didn't Oden himself demand to seek a second opinion after he visited the Blazers doctors. I do know one thing....Oden had the best care under Dr. Don Roberts. This was the same doctor that informed me I had busted my left ring finger in 12 places (basketball injury, shocking!!!) last October. It's funny how the do the surgeries and proceedures at SW Washington Medical Center. They wheel everyone in by the crack of dawn....and they are done with nearly everyone by 9 a.m. My hopes are that this will be a speedy recovery....and that absence will all make our hearts grown just a little fonder of G.O.