Greg Oden Injury: Updates on Heat Center's Status, Likely Debut Date
The Miami Heat may be getting Greg Oden back sooner rather than later.
ESPN.com's Michael Wallace reported the injured big man could be back to full practice next week:
Posting to ESPN: Oden likely to be cleared for 5-on-5 practice work *NEXT* week, with eye on making debut in one of final preseason games.— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) October 12, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 16
According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, Oden's first scrimmage resulted in
There was Oden on Wednesday, sitting in a chair with an ice pack on his left knee at a practice gym in Lower Manhattan. After a significant step two days earlier -- scrimmaging five-on-five with the two-time defending NBA champions -- the one goal was to avoid any swelling that would derail his progress.
Alas, that modest standard was not achieved. When the Heat practiced Wednesday in New York in between games in Washington and Brooklyn, the former No. 1 pick was held out due to knee swelling. But you wouldn't have grasped the significance of this event by observing Oden's demeanor or listening to his words.
Oden talked about his status and spirits with the swelling:
"I'm fine. It's been three years, three-and-a-half years for me, so a little bit of swelling ... As long as there's no surgery, I'm OK. It's just taking its time. It's going to be a long season, and I'm going to get there. It's just one day. I was hoping it didn't [swell], but it did. What can I do about it? The best thing I can do is get it back down and get back out there and figure out what I can do to get out there and not have it swell again."
According to Wallace, Oden said:
The next step for me now is just doing some five-on-five work and just getting out there. Every little step for me, I just get excited. I just want to get out there and do more and more, get my wind back, get my legs back under me. I'm hoping in the next couple of weeks I'll be able to get a couple of minutes out there.
However, the Heat are looking at the big picture, per Wallace:
Keep in mind about Oden: Heat still taking long view. Any spot preseason mins would be reward for progress/confidence, barring concerns— Michael Wallace (@WallaceNBA_ESPN) October 12, 2013
When he does return, Oden should be a nice addition for Miami's frontcourt. Last season, the Heat relied on a combination of Chris Bosh, Chris Andersen and Joel Anthony at the 5. Oden's defending and rebounding in the post would be a big boost.
Of course, there's no guarantee for success, as Oden hasn't played a game since the 2009-10 season. In his two years in the league with the Portland Trail Blazers, he's played 82 games, averaging 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
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