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Greg Oden makes first regular season appearance since 2009, dunks almost immediately (VIDEO)

Jan 15, 2014, 9:02 PM EDT

Greg Oden was a part of the Heat’s active roster on Wednesday, meaning that it was likely he’d see his first action of the regular season on the road against the Wizards.

Oden was a reclamation project for Miami, a long-term gamble the team hoped would pay off by the time the postseason rolled around and they were faced with formidable opponents like Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers.

The Heat inserted Oden in the second quarter in Washington, and he took little time to make his presence felt. He went up over Marcin Gortat to grab an offensive rebound, and had no trouble going back up and finishing with the powerful two-handed slam.

Andrew Bynum remains a consideration for Miami, especially if the Pacers are considering him as a legitimate option. But the Heat would rather that things worked out with Oden, and while it’s only January, it’s not overly-optimistic to praise how he looks in his first regular season action since 2009 when he was with the Blazers.

  1. knicksmets - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Hope he can keep healthy, though I hate the heats I don’t like seeing guys ruining their careers because of injuries. I hope the heat don’t play him that much to make sure he stays healthy. Maybe this is what he needs to be on a good team where he isn’t required to produce a lot just some size against Indiana and any other team with length and size.

    • money2long - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      not nitpicking, but the heat are one of just a few teams that do not have a plural team name. there are a couple other teams that do not have a plural team name. can anyone guess the other ones ? hmm

      • peterjohnjoseph - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:16 AM

        The Jazzes.

      • dexterismyhero - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM

        Thunder, Magic

      • money2long - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        LMAO @ drew & peterjohn

    • antistratfordian - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:30 AM

      you love the Heats

      • drewdatwit84 - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:42 AM

        the “Heats”? wow lmao… so y’all don’t love the Magics? I see the Jazzes got some love. what about the Thunders? lmao smh

      • shanydawg - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:25 PM

        I call ’em HEATERS!

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    I’m not going to lie… Seeing that putback dunk right after coming into the game was pretty awesome.

  3. buffalowned - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    6 points in 8 minutes. Not bad for missing 4 years. Let’s just hope he can stay healthy

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Spo said he started him after half because he didn’t want Oden to stiffen up. I think we’re all better off for that decision.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      Hahahaha! Keep ’em coming, 1972.

  5. favrewillplay4ever - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Welcome back old man. Or should we say welcome to the NBA Oden?

  6. apkyletexas - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Apparently Oden wasn’t much help. The Heat’s 35 rebounds tonight was one less than their league-worst average, and they got waxed by the Wizards to the tune of a 17-point blowout. This team has huge problems in the paint.

    • money2long - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      oh man. the wizards definitely have the heat’s number. on nights when they play each other, is miami the underdog ?

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:46 AM

      Where they lack in paint presence they abound with outside shooting and athleticism. They’ve won the last two championships; I don’t think their recent struggles are indicative of anything other than lack of focus or motivation.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      Oden only played 8 minutes, but in those 8 minutes the Heat outrebounded the Wizards 12 to 7. In Oden’s first 5 minutes in the 2nd quarter the Heat outrebounded the Wizards 8 to 2.

      But the “problems” the Heat have in the paint are the same ones they had last year, and the year before that.

      • money2long - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        yeah let’s look at the past few seasons, as you’re obviously poking at the heat’s title success as a reason why u can discredit what apkyletexas is saying. they lost to dallas in the finals, and got away by the skin of their teeth to the spurs last season. don’t pretend like the heat are indestructible and that they can always overcome their deficiencies.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        When they lost to Dallas they were top 10 in rebounding. They were dead last in rebounding last year.

        Rebounding is not a big issue for their team. Whereas almost every other team will just lose every game they get outrebounded by 20… the Heat won’t. They’re just built differently so you can’t apply traditional thinking to their team.

      • money2long - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        i like how you just stopped at the year before last. completely ignoring the year before that when tyson chandler changed the series against the heat by having a great impact. but do what you can to make your point and ignore the facts.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 16, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Again, I stopped at the year before last because in 2011 they were top 10 in rebounding – and lost in the finals.

    • antistratfordian - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      And you are aware that the Heat were down 34 points – Oden checks in – and from that point into the 3rd quarter they cut a 34 point lead down to 9.

      So… something about Oden helped a little bit, I would say.

      • dexterismyhero - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        So… something about Oden helped a little bit, I would say.

        Yeah, it is called the wizards. Nice try at the spin!

  7. d111981 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    “With two days off this weekend and a refreshing visit to the White House on Tuesday, James promises we’ll see a different James against the 17-19 Washington Wizards. ‘We’ll see Wednesday how I’m coasting,’ James said jokingly as he made his way into the Heat locker room on Monday. ‘You’ll see the numbers I’ll put up on Wednesday. Just watch.’

    Watch what? Getting spanked by the Wizards?

  8. d111981 - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    @money2long: jazz, magic, thunder

  9. campcouch - Jan 16, 2014 at 4:32 AM

    good luck bro

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