Greg Oden is still trying to get his legs under him, which continues to be difficult after he suffered a sprained right foot in the first quarter of his first-ever NBA regular-season contest, a 96-76 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Oden, who missed his entire rookie season after right knee injury, again injured an integral part of his right side. He went up for a rebound in the early stages of the first quarter with Lakers forward Andrew Bynum draped over his back. Oden came down awkwardly on his leg and bent his right foot back and to the inside.
"It was a hook shot, I just went up to get the offensive rebound and I came down on Derek Fisher's foot, kind of on the side of his foot," said Oden.
He was sent for x-rays, which came back inconclusive, and will undergo an MRI on Wednesday. The 2007 No.1 overall draft pick didn't score and grabbed five rebounds in just under 13 minutes.
Oden played just one season for the Ohio State Buckeyes, who were defeated by the Florida Gators in the championship game of the NCAA Tournament. The seven- foot center averaged 15.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in 32 games.
He was the big man who was supposed to fulfill Portland's big hopes, but that was diminished after the right knee ailment that led to season-ending surgery a year ago.