Originally written October 23, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
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. The 2007 first overall pick had two points, two defensive rebounds and missed two free throws before exiting 1:16 before halftime. It was his first action since December 2009. "The most important thing was just getting his feet wet," assistant coach David Fizdale said during a halftime TV interview. "The kid was very excited. We were very excited for him." Soon after 7-foot Oden entered the game, Heat owner Micky Arison tweeted:Welcome back G.O. Micky Arison (@MickyArison) October 24, 2013Charlie McCarthy can be reached atmac1763@bellsouth.netor on Twitter @mccarthy_chas.

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