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Greg Oden activated, will be in uniform and could play vs. Wizards Wednesday

Jan 15, 2014, 6:03 PM EST

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Greg Oden could play in an NBA Game tonight for the first time since Dec. 5, 2009.

The Miami Heat have activated Oden and he is in uniform as the Heat take on the Wizards in Washington, reports Tom Haberstoh of ESPN as well as other sources.

Whether he gets on the court or not remains to be seen, but the Heat are a little thin at the center spot. Well, they were already but now they are even thinner — Chris Andersen is out with a knee issue (according to Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report) and the Heat traded Joel Anthony to Boston in a salary dump earlier in the day. Anthony’s removal freed up a roster spot and Oden is in it.

Oden did play for the Heat in the preseason — four minutes in one game against the Pelicans. The first time he touched the ball he dunked it, but that was pretty much it. All season he has been on Miami’s inactive list.

Oden was the former No. 1 pick of the Portland Trail Blazers who saw injuries derail his career — he has had seven knee surgeries total, including three microfracture surgeries. Most people would have given up and moved on with their lives, Oden wanted to prove he could get back and has worked toward that goal for years.

Miami can afford to be patient with Oden as they don’t need him to win a lot of regular season games — the Heat do that already — it’s more about playoff matchups. Particularly the seemingly inevitable Eastern Conference Finals matchup against Roy Hibbert and the Indiana Pacers.

That matchup is why the Heat may still sign Andrew Bynum, but that’s’ a post for another time.

  1. supremekingz - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Wow! I hope I get that game on my slightly better than basic cable package!

  2. tacasey - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    This dude is still around?! Huh….I’m someone out there cares.

  3. jennsanz - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    thanks to Andrew Bynum.. lol

  4. vikesdynasty - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Pretty cool this guy has made it back after 4 years of constant injuries. That’s just crazy. Dedicated young man.

  5. goldmember21 - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Heat victory tonight by 24 points

    • sportsfan18 - Jan 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Well, the game only has 5 min’s left in the 3rd quarter, but the Heat are down by 23 pts right now.

      Also, Oden has played and played well to this point. 8 min’s, 2of 3 from the field, 2 of 2 from the stripe plus two boards.

  6. tomtravis76 - Jan 15, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Can’t fault a guy’s career on injury. Hope he can contribute and continue his basketball career.

  7. antistratfordian - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    “That matchup is why the Heat may still sign Andrew Bynum, but that’s’ a post for another time.”

    Indeed. Riley just said a minute ago that the Joel Anthony move was not about money, but roster flexibility to potentially add players who can help them down the stretch… “so we’ll see where that goes”

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