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It's not often that you get a chance at redemption, especially if mostly everybody forgets your name.
This is the curious case of Gregory Oden, former first overall pick by the Portland Trailblazers.
After numerous horrific knee injuries, Oden has been out of action for the past few years. In that time he's become pretty much forgotten in most circles, especially in the media.
Even now, you seldom hear his name uttered anywhere despite signing a one-year contract with the Miami Heat (courtesy of ESPN.com).
There's a reason you don't hear his name: It's because mostly everybody has forgotten about him, but that might all change this season.
If Oden pans out for Miami, their already unfair roster would become that much more unfair.
For years, one of Miami's biggest weaknesses was their lack of frontcourt depth and size.
If Oden's knees hold up, they address two of their biggest issues—and they also help a young man get his career back on track.
The Miami Heat are familiar with doubt and hate. They embrace it.
We saw a player in LeBron James with all of the talent in the world face the crushing pressure of fan expectations and media scrutiny. With one championship season, he turned their spiteful murmurs into silence.
His teammates weren't immune to the criticism either, and because they collectively endured the trial by fire they are that much stronger as a collective.
Greg Oden hopes to get stronger physically and mentally, and he couldn't have picked a better team to do it on.
It might end up as a mere footnote in the grand scheme of this upcoming season, but Greg Oden's comeback story certainly deserves a lot more attention than it's getting.