HoopsHype Greg Oden rumors


December 2, 2013 Updates

How do you feel about your overall tenure in Portland?: “We had a plan that was going well. When I first spoke to Mr. Allen and he talked about his plan when he offered me the position to come to Portland, the plan was in place and it was working. We had some unfortunate situations where we just had some injuries that we just could not overcome. To have everything really going according to plan, we had talked about building through the draft, that we were going to be patient. We were lucky enough that some guys did some good things. Kevin Pritchard and our scouts did a good job of drafting. But when you lose a Brandon Roy and Greg Oden in the same year, it’s going to be hard for anybody to survive. You take Kobe Bryant and Paul Gasol from the Lakers. You take LeBron James and Dwyane Wade off Miami, it’s going to be hard for those organizations to survive. We had that happen in our lockout year. I got caught in a storm.” CSNNW.com

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The Trail Blazers were floundering. Lopsided losses were becoming the norm. A promising season was teetering toward a free-fall. Coach Nate McMillan, the man who helped usher Portland past the Jail Blazers era and became the bedrock of a turbulent organization, had lost his team. Sensing the collapse and fearing the worst, McMillan asked then-President Larry Miller for a meeting to discuss the future. “I talked with Larry about where I felt the organization was at and what I thought they needed to do,” McMillan says. “They needed to look at rebuilding before that thing crumbled. And they needed to look at everything, including the head coaching position. With some guys, I knew it wasn’t part of their plan to be there. We had two of our core players — Brandon (Roy) and Greg (Oden) — basically retire. So I told him that he needed to get something for the guys we had, he needed to look at redoing this whole thing before it crumbles." Oregonian

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Greg Oden has yet to be active for a game this season as the Heat are being very cautious with the health of the big man. They are essentially saving Oden for the second half of the season and postseason, hoping he can provide some resistance to Indiana’s Roy Hibbert in the paint. Oden is never going to regain his Ohio State form after having multiple knee surgeries but could help Miami in short minutes Boston Globe

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Even with Chris Bosh remaining behind in South Florida and missing Tuesday's game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre, the Heat held to their plan of keeping Oden behind on one-game trips. "We're training him right now," coach Erik Spoelstra said. "He'll be with us on all multi-game trips." The Heat do not have a multi-game trip until the end of the month, with games in Cleveland and Toronto, with Thanksgiving in the middle. Before then, there are single-game trips to Charlotte and Orlando. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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And when he spoke with HOOPSWORLD about his road back to the NBA, from the Trail Blazers training facility in Portland to St. Vincent’s Sports Performance in Indianapolis, and all the way to Eagle County Colorado’s renowned Steadman Clinic—he recalled his circuitous journey, filled with ups and downs. “It was a lot of hard work,” Oden said. “The biggest thing was the diet and losing the weight. But it’s coming along. Really, the biggest thing was taking last year off so I didn’t feel rushed back.” Rushing, of course, is one thing that the HEAT certainly will not do with the 25-year-old. As James and his gang attempt to win their third consecutive championship and establish a dynasty, Oden has found himself in a pressure-less situation. “To be a part of something like that and just be able to play and have the chance to win [a championship], it’s something I’m definitely looking forward to,” Oden said. HoopsWorld

October 17, 2013 Updates

Can the Heat repeat again? Charles Barkley, TNT: "I think that you saw the flaws in the Miami Heat last year, (specifically) their lack of size. And I think the key to me is going to be (free agent center addition) Greg Oden (who hasn't played in a game since December 2009 because of knee problems). If he gives them physical size, it's going to be very difficult to beat the team. But that's their real weakness — size. Every big guy they play against just dominates them. I think it really, to me, it depends on what Oden has left in the tank. USA Today Sports

October 16, 2013 Updates

Greg Oden, trying to make it back after a career-threatening knee injury, endured a slight setback Wednesday as he was held out of practice with swelling in his left knee. Oden missing practice comes two days after he had his first 5-on-5 workout since starting his comeback attempt with the Heat. His highlight Monday was blocking a shot by LeBron James. ESPN.com

October 15, 2013 Updates

Oden, a talented yet oft-injured center who has not played an NBA game since Dec. 9, 2009, was acquired by the Heat as a free agent on Aug. 7, signing a one-year contract. He has yet to play an exhibition game this preseason, but he did scrimmage with Miami on Monday, going up against the MVP, LeBron James. “He scored on me twice, and I made him miss once,” Oden said of James. “He got the upper hand [Monday], but it felt good to be out there. “I’m a little frustrated with myself because I’m not as back as I want to be, but it’s little steps. [Monday] was another step doing a five-on-five [scrimmage].” Miami Herald

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

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