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Oden injury a bad omen?

Updated: September 11, 2007, 12:52 PM ET
By John Hollinger
Is Greg Oden injury prone?

Today's news has to at least make you wonder. The league's first overall pick has had a broken wrist (last year), tonsillitis (this summer) and now a knee problem that has him slated for exploratory surgery later this week.

Perhaps it's just all a bad coincidence, but the Portland Trail Blazers have to hope something more sinister isn't at work. Because while athletic 7-footers usually are about as sure a thing as you can get in pro hoops, the biggest risk factor for players of that size is injuries.

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