Blazers’ Oden apologizes for nude photos

Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden is apologizing for nude
photos that have surfaced on the Internet.

Oden says the pictures, taken with his cell phone and sent to
a former girlfriend, were taken about 1 1/2 years ago. A friend
told the 21-year-old Tuesday morning that the pictures were making
the rounds on the internet.

“I would like to apologize to everybody: Portland, the fans,
the organization,” Oden told reporters at the Blazers practice
facility. “It was very embarrassing.”

Oden is out for this season after fracturing his left kneecap
during a game against the Houston Rockets on Dec. 5. He averaged
11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in 21 starts.

The 7-foot-center was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft
out of Ohio State. He missed his rookie season after have
microfracture surgery on his right knee.