Greg Oden Injury: Heat Center Suffers Setback as Knee Swells After Scrimmage

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Greg Oden Injury: Heat Center Suffers Setback as Knee Swells After Scrimmage
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It is the same old drill for Greg Oden, which, for those privy to his injury history, is not a good thing.

Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports that Oden is experiencing swelling in his left knee after an intense workout with the Miami Heat.

It has been a rough road for the former No. 1 pick of the Portland Trail Blazers, who signed onto the Heat as a free agent in August.

Oden has not played in an NBA game since December 2009 after an endless stream of knee injuries since being drafted in 2007. He was seen as one of the game's most promising young prospects but has played in only 82 games during his career in the league.       

After a successful five-on-five scrimmage at Heat practice on Monday, it looked like he was finally on the upswing. In fact, according to Berger, Oden challenged LeBron James multiple times at the net, flashing some of that physical inside presence that made him so coveted coming out of Ohio State.

All Oden had to do was avoid any setbacks, something with which he's infamously had little success.

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Oden is a player known for his unfortunate story, shy personality and cheerful demeanor, so it is easy to hope for the best with him.

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It seems like Oden could be a perfect fit with the Heat, who have a stacked roster to smoothly integrate Oden back into game shape. With his natural size and strength, he could be helpful in the frontcourt for Miami and protect the rim.

Also, with the possibility of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh potentially leaving the Heat in 2014 (all have player options), Oden could bring much needed leadership down the line.

As Oden’s performance in the scrimmage reportedly showed, he's flashed signs of his past form. He just needs to stay healthy.

Of course, that's always easier said than done for the big man.

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