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Greg Oden was signed by the Miami Heat this past off season, knowing they would have to be patient with him, as he recovers from knee problems. The Heat could only hope that he could be healthy enough sometime this season to help the Heat make a run at another NBA title. As reported by Brett Pollakoff of NBCSports.com, Oden could be ready much sooner than anyone had anticipated.  From Michael Wallace of ESPN.com, “Greg Oden is likely to be cleared for full practice work with the Miami Heat next week and could see his first NBA action in four years during one of their final preseason games, sources told ESPN.com on Saturday. … “The next step for me now is just doing some five-on-five work and just getting out there,” Oden told ESPN.com. “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.” The problem the Heat encounter is that they have no  idea how much Oden can contribute at back up center once he returns to the court.   The team will have to monitor his minutes throughout the season in order for him to be able to contribute late in the season and through the playoffs. My guess is Oden may even sit some games that he is healthy for, in order to get him through the entire season. Oden played in only 21 games last season with the Portland Trail Blazers. He averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds in almost 24 minutes per game. Oden is averaging 9.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game in 82 career games for the Trail Blazers.
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