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Agent says Greg Oden wants to play for the Miami Heat

May 16, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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Greg Oden hasn’t fully given up on playing in the NBA.

He’s knows he is a long, long way from there, and said he plans to take next season off to recover and rehab from a third microfracture surgery. He seems more comfortable than ever with the possibility it might never work out.

Just don’t tell his agent that.

His agent was talking with the Miami Herald and upping the timeline on Oden’s potential return and saying if Oden returns he wants to play for the Heat. Of course he does.

But his agent, Mike Conley Sr., told us Oden is positioned be ready to play in December or January “as far as being effective and in shape” and will explore options in the coming months, with the possibility of joining a team next season. But nobody obviously can know for sure when he will be ready.

The Heat hasn’t called but “Greg has talked about Miami,” Conley said. “He has interest. He’s not retiring.”

Spoken like a true agent.

I’m no doctor, but a year away from the court just rehabbing his knee seems prudent. Then make the call. I’d root for Oden to return, just because he seems a genuinely good guy who has had his body betray him. But basketball needs to be second to health for him now.

  1. queenlivekillers - May 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Greg Oden wants him to play…period. How many season ending injuries can one player rack up?

  2. limonadamas - May 16, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    excellent! we might be a few short years away from Lebron joining Old Lebron on a real live basketball court! now we just need Kevin Hart to join the Heat as Kid Lebron… haha

  3. davidcl77 - May 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    He’ll never play a day in the NBA.

    • deadeyedesign23 - May 17, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      He…he has played a day in the NBA…

  4. sledgehorn - May 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I’m rooting for the dude. I hope he gets it together. He will never live up to potential, but if he can become a solid role player on a good team I think he would be fulfilled.

  5. drunkenjunk - May 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I really wish he’d go to Phoenix, if there is any place the guy can stay healthy its there.

  6. mungman69 - May 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I root for Greg Oden. I hope that he does have a successful return to the NBA.

  7. Justin - May 16, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Dude is still only 24 so he would be like 26 after his year off. Still pretty young really. Problem with all those surgeries is he will have problems even jumping over a phone book.

    • lmoneyfresh - May 16, 2012 at 7:51 PM

      Oden is what 7-1? Being that tall it shouldn’t matter much how high he can jump.

  8. lakerluver - May 16, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I’m rooting for G. O. If he joins the Heat he and LBJ will be the two oldest looking young guys to ever play together.

  9. asublimeday - May 16, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    “I hate being liked and winning championships, so the Heat would be perfect.”

    • drunkenjunk - May 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

      lmao

  10. detroitcityryda - May 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    oden didn’t only look like a 65 year old he had a body of one too .

  11. pxeeks - May 16, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    I want to play for the Heat too.

  12. dirtybird2020 - May 16, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Hahahaha miami is a charity case

  13. billjaehne - May 16, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    come to the twolves man ^_^

  14. mnsadsportsfan - May 16, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    Give it up you complete bust

    • cullenand99 - May 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      I wouldn’t go so far to call him a “bust”. His body has failed him. Guys like JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, and Hasheem Thabeet (so far) can be considered busts. But guys like Oden, Ki-Jana Carter, and Jay Williams shouldn’t really be considered busts because they had serious injuries that they couldn’t come back from.

  15. th56 - May 16, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Nothing against the guy, but Oden’s knee injuries weren’t even from a trauma, they are just worn out knees. They are literally crumbling under his own weight. If he ever even plays half a season again in the pros, a lot of people will be amazed.

  16. 00maltliquor - May 16, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    Give it up, Greg. The game of basketball is not your friend. Listen to your body, it’s been telling you no your entire adult life.

  17. cranespy - May 16, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    One of the classiest gentlemen in all of sports. Would be a fairy tale story if he ever comes back in ANY capacity. If not, he will have a successful future in television….as an actor…a sideline reporter….a reality show host….watch and see!

  18. deadeyedesign23 - May 17, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    I’m 99% sure Oden has Benjamin Button disease. If I were a team I’d sign him to a 20 year contract. Come 2025 he’ll be turning 22 and just about entering his prime.

  19. cantonbound13 - May 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Another bust joining the Heat.

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