When the Miami Heat signed Greg Oden this summer, there were really no expectations. At least, there shouldn’t have been.
With that said, Oden was (surprisingly) cleared for practice a few days ago. He participated in a recent Miami Heat scrimmage and all was well. He moved well and had no lingering effects, it appeared.
The Heat medical staff said to have been measuring Oden’s knees daily, to ensure that there is no swelling. Well, on Wednesday, he had a setback. In the way of a swollen knee.
“I’m fine,” Oden said. “It’s been three years, three-and-a-half years for me, so a little bit of swelling … As long as there’s no surgery, I’m OK. It’s just taking its time. It’s going to be a long season, and I’m going to get there. It’s just one day.”
“I was hoping it didn’t [swell], but it did,” Oden said. “What can I do about it? The best thing I can do is get it back down and get back out there and figure out what I can do to get out there and not have it swell again.”
There are a few questions I can gather from this whole situation.
First: What is causing the swelling? That has to be kind of important to know, right?
Second: If his knee is swelling over a simple team scrimmage, what is it going to do after an actual game environment?
Third (more of an observation): It’s going to be a long while until we see Oden in an actual game, if we see him in one, isn’t it?
I know there were no expectations from either sides when the agreement was made, but setbacks can’t be a good thing no matter how big or small. Though, I don’t like the sound of this.
The fact that it’s even being called a “setback” worries me. The fact that Oden said “it’s going to be a long season” worries me. The fact that he said “I’m OK” worries me.
I’m still not going to accept that Oden is officially back until he checks in and out of an actual game without any “setbacks” or concerns. Until then, it’s pretty much a coin flip with Oden. And hopefully this time, it won’t be a one-sided coin.