MIAMI -- Don't count on it happening. That doesn't mean Greg Oden can't hope it does.
While many believe the Miami Heat will bring the center along very slowly, he doesn't want that to be the case. Oden, who hasn't played in an NBA game since December 2009 due to knee problems, is ready to get back into one.
"I've got to go through training camp and make sure my body holds up," Oden, who signed as a free agent in August, said at Heat media day Monday. "If the knee holds up, I would hope they will let me play in the preseason. I think it's realistic. Just going on how my body feels and how I feel, I think it's realistic."
With that in mind, Oden also is hopeful of playing in the Oct. 29 regular-season opener against Chicago.
"I would like to," Oden said. "I understand I won't be playing 20 minutes, but if I could get out there and play a couple of minutes."
Oden does acknowledge the decision will be up to the Heat's medical staff. Obviously, Miami president Pat Riley and coach E...