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.