Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 15
Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick reports that Oden could make his regular-season debut Wednesday evening:
Pat Riley says Oden is in uniform tonight— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) January 15, 2014
After playing eight minutes versus the Wizards Wednesday evening, Oden had this to say via ESPN's Tom Haberstroh:
"Earlier today, coach said I could dress," Oden said after the game. "I didn't know if I was going to play or not, but I got out there and I did, and I'm happy I got the chance.
"It felt good, just being able to be back out on the court. Honestly, the big thing is, to be able to have now that connection now with my teammates. I've been here, I've been around, but when you're not playing, sometimes deep down you don't really feel part of the team as much. I'm happy I can do that."
Oden also commented on the Heat showing patience with his minutes:
"It's a plan to keep me playing," he said. "That's the thing. I don't want to just get out there and then get injured again. My thing is to make sure I can go out there and keep playing games. That's the plan, and we're sticking to it."