Oden has youth, medicine on his side

Updated: September 14, 2007, 3:40 PM ET

Even in the injury-laden Week 1 of the football season, this basketball story is just too big to ignore. The NBA's No. 1 overall draft pick, Greg Oden, formerly of Ohio State and now of the Portland Trail Blazers, is going to be only the second No. 1 pick in the modern draft era to miss all of his rookie season. The first, David Robinson, fulfilled a military commitment, making Oden the first to miss his rookie year due to injury.

Oden underwent a surgical microfracture procedure on his ...

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