HoopsHype Greg Oden rumors

October 23, 2013 Updates
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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

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

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