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Former Blazers C Oden returns to watch Grizzlies

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2013 at 12:53 am •  Published: April 4, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Greg Oden, the Trail Blazers' oft-injured former center, was among the fans at the Rose Garden for Portland's game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

The 7-foot former No. 1 draft pick is good friends with Memphis guard Mike Conley, whom he played with at Ohio State.

Portland waived Oden last March after five injury-plagued seasons with the team. He was recovering from his third microfracture knee surgery when he was let go and had not appeared at the Rose Garden since 2010.

Oden was greeted with mostly cheers — but a few boos — when he was shown on the video scoreboard in the first quarter. Oden, seated courtside across the Blazers' bench, offered a peace sign in response.

He didn't want to speak after the game.

"I'm still not doing anything," he said. "I'm here to relax."

Oden was selected over Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant with the top pick in the 2007 draft. The Blazers believed the former Ohio State star could lead the team — along with Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge — to an NBA championship.

But Oden's rookie season was delayed when he had microfracture surgery on his right knee. He had surgery for a fractured kneecap in 2009 then early in 2010 had microfracture surgery on his left knee.

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