Found October 14, 2013 on NBA Injury News:
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, Oden could be ready much sooner than anyone had anticipated.  From Michael Wallace of, “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 on Saturday. … “The next step for me now is just doing some five-on-five work and just getting out there,” Oden told “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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Greg Oden, who was signed to a one-year contract by the Heat on August 7, has not played in an NBA game since December 9, 2009.  The oft injured center has not played in an exhibition game this preseason, but he did scrimmage with Miami on Monday, going up against the MVP, LeBron James. Read more here:

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Greg Oden participated in five-on-five drills with the Miami Heat on Monday — his first NBA practice scrimmage in almost four years. The scrimmage appears to have taken a toll on Oden, as he sat out Tuesday’s practice with swelling in his knee (the team called it a precautionary measure), as well as Tuesday night’s pre-season game against the Washington Wizards. As the Miami...

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As Greg Oden’s return approaches, trainers are getting more and more cautious with the injury-prone center. The 7-footer, who participated in his first full practice Monday with the Heat, has his knees measured by trainers every single day before and after workouts to check for swelling. The recovery during off days and between workouts for Oden have been just as vital as any of...

Miami Heat trainers measure Greg Oden’s knees for swelling

To say that the Miami Heat’s treatment of Greg Oden’s return to the NBA is cautious, might be an understatement. Recently, ESPN TrueHoop did a story on Oden’s return to practice for Miami and this little nugget near the end of the piece shows how cautious Miami is being: The recovery during off days and between workouts for Oden have been just as vital as any of the strides...

Heat Trainers Measure Greg Oden’s Knees After Every Practice

    I guess when you have a chance to help the team, they will go to great lengths to help you stay on the court. According to a TrueHoop piece on Greg Oden he gets his knees measured after every single practice with the Heat: The recovery during off days and between workouts for Oden have been just as vital as any of the strides he’s made on the court. Oden said trainers measure...

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While Greg Oden still is yet to be cleared for full contact work, he continues to make strides on the court. According to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, Oden took part in some full-court 4-on-4 work on Sunday. Not surprisingly, Spo didn't give Winderman an update on when exactly Oden will be ready for contact work. Spoelstra said there was no contact work during...

Greg Oden reportedly has knees measured for swelling at each workout

Newly signed Miami Heat center Greg Oden has his surgically-repaired knees measured for size and any swelling both before and after each workout.

Report: Greg Oden Experiencing Concerning Knee Issues

It’s news that no Miami Heat fan wants to hear.  Greg Oden isn’t doing so hot, and we’re not even through the preseason. The recent addition to the Miami Heat roster has been battling knee injuries for nearly his entire basketball career and was hoping for a comeback this season with the reigning NBA Champions, ...The post Report: Greg Oden Experiencing Concerning Knee Issues...

Oden Does 5-on-5

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Heat Doctors Find Swelling In Greg Oden’s Knee After Scrimmage

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Heat Trainers Measure Greg Oden’s Knees after Every Practice

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