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Greg Oden expanding pregame workouts, getting closer to return with Heat

Dec 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

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When Miami took a chance this offseason by signing Greg Oden to a one-year minimum salary contract, it wasn’t necessarily to add depth to the team for the long grind of the regular season.

The acquisition was purely a long-term strategy, one that hoped to bring in another serviceable big body to battle the size of the Heat’s most formidable foes in the Eastern Conference, the Indiana Pacers.

There has never been any hurry to get Oden back onto the floor in the first part of the season. But he’s been ramping up his workout regimen as of late, and by all appearances he’s getting closer to being able to contribute meaningful minutes for the defending champs.

From Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report:

Oden, traveling with the Miami Heat on their West Coast road trip, has been expanding his pregame workouts. Friday, prior to the Heat’s game with Sacramento, the center spent about 20 minutes working with Heat assistant coaches Juwan Howard and Dan Craig, storming out of the paint for closeouts, and running sprints. Sweating profusely, and clearly exhausted—he held himself up by the net at several stages—he did not seem to be in any pain.

Yet none of this progress means that we’ll see Oden in a game anytime soon, let alone Saturday night when the Heat return to face the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2007, the Portland Trail Blazers. Erik Spoelstra said the Heat are still trying to increase Oden’s strength in his legs, hips and core.

Oden played briefly in the preseason, in what was likely an organizational decision to help him get over the mental hurdle of playing again, after not seeing an NBA court before that since December of 2009.

There will remain no urgency to place Oden into the Heat rotation. But it’s more than likely that if he continues to get stronger and make progress, Miami may add a key piece to its active roster in time for the stretch run of the regular season.

  1. 2016olympics - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Fake it until you make it.

  2. johngalt1783 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Article makes sense to me. Well done.

  3. jolink653 - Dec 28, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    We know where this ends for Oden. He’ll be hurt ten minutes into his first game action, and it’s unfortunate because he had a lot of talent but his knees are done. That’s the kind of injury that never goes away for athletes, and especially someone with his size.

  4. mungman69 - Dec 28, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Wouldn’t Jordan and Durant look good on the court.

  5. cantonbound13 - Dec 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I’d love to see this guy make a comeback, even if it’s with that classless organization.

  6. iblack501 - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    get stronger greg. the real battles are coming.

  7. fnf417 - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Meat sack to throw in on someone so the starter can rest he’s a joke

  8. pbtunpaidwriter - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Hope this dude comes back strong soon. Can’t wait to see what the Heat would look like with a healthy Oden.

    It won’t be fair.

  9. pistolpete0903 - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    Juwan Howard is an assistant coach??!!!!!
    All things considered, it was a low-risk, high reward signing for the Heat.
    I can still see Riley shopping for big bodies.

  10. 1509lucky - Dec 29, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I’d take Greg Oden on my bench TRYING to comeback before dealing with Andrew Bynum who CLEARLY has no desire to play,any day of the week.

  11. mdobrasz - Jan 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    and I thought Amar’e Stoudemire had bad knees. Wow, this dude is a real candy a[s]s]

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