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NBA notebook: Greg Oden says he's "on track"

From Staff and Wire Reports Published: August 22, 2010

Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden said doctors told him he is "on time" in his recovery from a fractured patella in his left knee, the Oregonian reported Sunday.

"We're going at a pace that they've got for me," Oden told the newspaper Saturday. "Things are looking pretty good."

Oden said being "on time" means on schedule to heal, not necessarily that he'll be ready by the start of training camp in October or Portland's season opener against Phoenix on Oct. 26.

Oden has suffered two knee injuries — the first ending his rookie season — and has been limited to just 82 games since the Blazers drafted him No. 1 overall in 2007. The Seattle SuperSonics (now the Oklahoma City Thunder) picked Kevin Durant with the second pick that year.

Oden has been splitting time rehabilitating in Portland and his hometown of Indianapolis, the Oregonian reported.

"I'm excited," he said. "I'm ready for the season to start."

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