HoopsHype Greg Oden rumors

October 15, 2013 Updates

James said it would have been “very tough” for him to go four years without being healthy enough to play basketball, which is what Oden, 25, has endured since 2009. “For him to be able to stick with it and be here today is a testament to him and his family believing in him,” James said. “He’s back where he belongs, and that’s in the NBA.” Miami Herald

October 14, 2013 Updates

Greg Oden went through his first full practice with the Miami Heat on Monday, clearing a significant hurdle in the former No. 1 overall pick's quest to play in an NBA game for the first time in four years. Oden participated in some scrimmage stages of the Heat's workout at AmericanAirlines Arena as the team prepared for Tuesday's preseason road game against the Washington Wizards. Among the highlights of Oden's day was blocking a shot by LeBron James. ESPN.com

October 13, 2013 Updates

Center Greg Oden said he participated in four-on-four fullcourt work Sunday, as he works his way back from three seasons of inactivity due to knee issues. Spoelstra said there was no contact work during Sunday's session, again declining to offer an update on when Oden might return to contact or even take the court in a game. "There won't a new update," Spoelstra said. "I know there's a lot of interest. We'll continue to make steps forward." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Spoelstra said there was no contact work during Sunday's session, again declining to offer an update on when Oden might return to contact or even take the court in a game. "There won't a new update," Spoelstra said. "I know there's a lot of interest. We'll continue to make steps forward." Oden also stressed patience, saying after practice, "We've got time." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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Tuesday was a bit surreal for Miami Heat center Greg Oden. Not only was he going through his first NBA practice in four years, but it was taking place in the middle of a hotel ballroom on a tropical island. The Heat opened training camp with a standard, defensive drill-oriented workout in a warehouse-like conference center at the Atlantis Resort. Oden took part in about half of the practice, but that still was a significant step forward as he attempts a long-shot comeback after not playing since December 2009 because of chronic knee problems. "It felt good just being out there," Oden said. "First time in a while, I'm happy I got it completed. They had to pull me off the floor. But I've got to take steps." ESPN.com

September 29, 2013 Updates

Out of the league since Dec. 2009 due to a series of knee issues, the 7-foot center has been working at AmericanAirlines Arena for nearly two months. In an interview with the Sun Sentinel on the eve of camp, he stressed that patience remains prudent. "Really, for me, I'm happy being on the court and playing and getting back into the thick of basketball," he said at a promotional appearance at the offices of Shelling Orthodontics and Maye Pediatric Dentistry, an event which also served as a fundraiser for the Udonis Haslem Children's Foundation. "I bang a little bit, still taking it slow. I'm taking steps. So I do a little bit, do a little bit of up and down, but we're not trying to wear out the knee. We're trying to make sure I can do a little bit and the next day I can do something, too." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"I'm working every day. I'm doing what I can," Oden said before signing hundreds of autographs. "And when Rey and Jay say I can go full go, that's when it's time." Haslem, before stepping in to sign his share of autographs, said Oden has offered a taste of the possibilities during the informal August and September workouts. "Oh man, it feels good to have a big man with that skill level," the veteran power forward said."You can't really teach that. That's very rare, to have a guy at that size who can do the things that he does. Hopefully he can stay healthy. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 30, 2013 Updates

"I've signed on the dotted line, put it like that," Oden said. "I've got a contract. As y'all can see this smile, I've got a contract. I'm excited." It wasn't always this way. Oden, who was supposed to be the cornerstone for the Portland Trail Blazers, played his last NBA game game Dec. 5, 2009, when he injured his knee in the first quarter, triggering a series of setbacks. There were eventually four surgeries on both knees, and Oden was waived by Portland in 2012. Oden remembers it all. He just no longer lets it disrupt happiness. "I can't forget it," Oden said. "It happened. The past six years did happen." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 19, 2013 Updates

Greg Oden's agent, Mike Conley Jr., said the parties involved changed their mind and decided that Oden would sign a one-year deal with the Heat, without a second-year player option as originally planned. Conley said that helps Oden (because of a league ruling involving injury contingency language in his contract) and helps the Heat because Miami would not be burdened with his contract in 2014-15 --- and potentially $3 million in luxury tax payments -- if he suffers another major injury this season. Miami Herald

August 11, 2013 Updates

The Heat return most of their core from last year, recently adding center Greg Oden to keep pace with the improving contenders. James said being patient is the key with Oden, the 2007 No. 1 overall pick who has only played 82 games because a series of knee injuries. His last game was Dec. 5, 2009. "We're not going to put any pressure on him," James said of Oden. "He hasn't played in almost four years. We want him to work his way back into shape. It's going to take him a while to get back into game shape … We don't expect anything out of him except being a professional and showing up for work everyday. Whatever we get from his is extra." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

At a news conference Saturday in Indianapolis, Greg Oden’s physical therapist, Ralph Reiff, said the center is “in full basketball mode” now. “There’s no more rehab. He will be a basketball player on Monday.” Oden, 25, will fly to Miami at 6 a.m. Monday and immediately begin on-court work with the Heat, plus agility drills and more. “My knee’s good,” he said. “I’m able to walk, jump, run. ... It’s been a while. It’s been a long road. ... I got an old body. My body is not going to be what it was when I was 18. When I was 18, I was able to run all day and jump over people. I can’t do that now. It’s just not going to happen. But I’m going to play as hard as I can and I’m going to try to jump over people and I’m going to try to run all day. If my body lets me, I’ll do it.” Miami Herald

August 10, 2013 Updates

"After three years of being out, I'm just going to go out and do what I can," Oden said. "If somehow (my body) says no, then it says no. But for me, I'm not even worried about that. Just go play and not even think about that. "I've signed on the dotted line, put it like that. I've got a contract. As y'all can see this smile, I've got a contract. I'm excited." ESPN.com

Ira Winderman: Greg Oden's therapist said Oden's "go date" all along was Aug. 1. Therapist said it was like he "opened the biggest gift he ever opened." Twitter @IraHeatBeat

Ira Winderman: Greg Oden: "My biggest goal is to be playing basketball again.. . . It's still weird to say I'm a Miami Heat . . . To me it's not real yet." Twitter @IraHeatBeat

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