His chances of an NBA comeback increased dramatically after he left Portland.
My knee hurts... > Let's do some microfracture surgery on it OK?
... 1 year goes by
My knee hurts... > hmmm, allright, we see the same symptoms as you had in your other knee. We, as official Blazer physicians recommend another microfracture surgery
.... 1 more year goes by
My knee hurts.... > Ok, as NBA award receiving professional training staff guru's, we insist the only help for you, is more microfracture surgery.
.... but didn't we already do that to this knee?
Shut up, you are drunk, we are the doctors, you are just a 1 year Buckeye. See this badge? Says NBA right on it. Listen to us and you will go far in life.
.... Oden didn't play at all for the next season following his 3rd Blazer advised and endorosed microfracture surgery.
There's your 5 year history with Oden and the Portland Trailblazers.
I don't imagine it could get any worse in Miami, and there's a nice warm ocean to chill by if he does end up missing a ton of games recovering from surgery.