With the NBA season just around the corner, and by around the corner I mean four days away, the Miami Heat’s newest project, Greg Oden, is ready to go. Of course, if the Heat happen to call his number.
Oden will not play in the team’s final preseason game on Friday against the Nets, but the 7-foot center participated in Miami’s Friday morning shoot around and also went through a workout on Thursday.
“I’m still standing and I’m happy, so let’s just keep building from that,” Oden told ESPN.com Friday. “The first step was the other night (in New Orleans), the second second step was Thursday and the next step was today. So let’s just keep getting better and moving on from there.”
When told of Oden’s desire to get back on the court again Tuesday, Spoelstra smiled and said, “Yeah, we’ll see.”
Hmmm. Would the Heat surprise everyone and give Oden some PT in the season opener? Maybe, it kind of has been their thing to do as of late. This past Wednesday, they surprised everyone and gave Oden his first on-court game time for the first time since Dec. 5, 2009.
Oden blew Twitter up with a ferocious dunk as he logged two points, two boards and a block in his four minutes of action.
I doubt we see Oden on Tuesday night, when the Heat open the season against the Chicago Bulls, but it’s a real good sign to see his optimism and confidence that he’s showing in himself — especially in his health.
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