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It's not often you see a really impactful basketball moment in preseason, but we were all treated to one on Wednesday night. Greg Oden made his Heat debut, playing in his first NBA game in four years, and did so in stellar fashion.
In his first possession, Oden was given the ball down low, he backed his man down and slammed it home.
It was awesome.
It's impossible not to root for Oden, who's worked so hard the past couple of years to get back in the NBA. The former No.1 overall pick said he was just happy to finish the game.
Oden played just four minutes and the dunk was his only basket, but his Miami debut went about as well as one could have hoped for.
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It's the most burning question in the NBA this offseason.
IS HE BACK?
And on Wednesday night, we finally got our first evidence that indeed, he is:
2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers in 4 minutes.
What? You were expecting 26-6-4 in 35 minutes?
Yeah, Derrick Rose had another solid outing as he returns from a torn ACL. But Wednesday night was all about Greg Oden, the No. 1...
Miami Heat center Greg Oden, the former No. 1 overall draft pick, played his first game in nearly four years late in the first half against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.
Oden, who has suffered from chronic knee problems, wore a brace on his left knee when he entered the preseason game with 5:15 left in the first half. He quickly dunked a pass from Chris Bosh.
If Greg Oden somehow manages to stay healthy this season, a lot of non-Miami Heat fans will be wondering why life is so unfair.
The former No. 1 draft pick returned to the court Wednesday in the Heat’s preseason game, and while he did not light it up, the very fact that he was playing was an accomplishment. He recorded two points, two rebounds, two turnovers and two fouls in four...
It's been a long time coming for Miami's Greg Oden but after dealing with his well-known knee issues which has plagued him since entering the NBA, Oden made his debut for the Heat and return to the court.
In preseason action, Oden made his return versus the Pelicans since December 2009 with an emphatic dunk.
This one is for you Greg. Here's to an injury-free season...
On the heels of playing his first NBA game in nearly four years, Greg Oden said Friday he will be ready if needed for the Miami Heat's season opener Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls.
Oden is doubtful to play in the Heat's preseason finale Friday against the Brooklyn Nets, but the 7-foot center participated in Miami's Friday morning shootaround and also went through...
If Greg Oden is on the road to career redemption, he got a good start in his first NBA game since 2009. Immediately after entering the game, Oden, now playing for the Miami Heat, thew down a monster dunk.
It’s been close to four years since Greg Oden played in an NBA game, and after being inserted into the Heat’s lineup during the second quarter Wednesday night, Oden promptly did what you’d expect a 25-year old seven footer to do; he dunked on the Pelicans:
That type of power and athleticism is what got Oden drafted first overall...
Greg Oden played in his first preseason NBA game since 2009, and the Miami Heat center dunked on his first touch. Oden has been practicing for the Heat on and off because of his problematic knees, but the team had him play on Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans. He checked into the game […]
Greg Oden smiling.
Greg Oden hadn’t played in an NBA game since 2009 thanks to two very serious knee surgeries, so it made perfect sense that he signed with the Miami Heat, a team that would allow him to sit all the way at the end of the bench for the majority of the regular season so he could rest, and then come into the NBA Playoffs healthier than ever and rebound like he’s...
Greg Oden made his first appearance and converted on a dunk in his first touch with the Heat during Wednesday’s preseason game against the Pelicans, his first NBA game action since 2009.Oden converted a dunk on his first touch.
h/t Ben Golliver
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Heat center Greg Oden played in his first basketball game since 2009 on Wednesday at New Orleans Arena.
Oden the former No.1 overall pick of the 2007 draft checked into the game with 5:15 left in the second quarter and immediately dunked a pass from Chris Bosh. Oden played exactly three minutes and 59 seconds in his first action in nearly four years. The center has battled knee...
For the first time since December 5, 2009, Greg Oden stepped onto an NBA court Wednesday night.
The Heat were visiting the Pelicans for a preseason game and Greg Oden entered the game in the middle of the second quarter. He set a screen to free up Chris Bosh and rolled to the paint, got the ball and . . .
Wow, could not think of a better...
I have to admit, it was pretty cool seeing Greg Oden play in an NBA game, albeit a preseason one, for the first time since 2009. It was thrilling, it was nice to see him back in a game after all he’s been through, and you could tell his Miami Heat teammates were stoked for […]
There’s Sam Bowie before Michael Jordan. There’s Tony Mandarich ahead of Deion and Barry Sanders.
For the past six years – following the 2007 NBA draft – we have been wondering if Greg Oden and Kevin Durant belong in that same category of colossal sports busts being drafted before all-time greats.
By now, we know the story. Oden was chosen number one overall by the Portland...
Yep. This is real actual footage of Greg Oden dunking on Al-Farouq Aminu. In a game. In 2013. On his first touch since 2009.
If he can stay healthy down the stretch and give the Heat some additional size and depth, the outlook for a three-peat seems pretty damn inevitable. Sigh…
video via @johnschuhmann