With the recent acquisition of Greg Oden, the Miami Heat are glad to hear that the former Ohio State star is feeling confident and comfortable back on the hardwood. According to an article written by the Associated Press, Oden has been working out at the St. Vincent Sports Performance center in Indianapolis.
Oden understands now more than ever that after three micro-fracture surgeries in his short NBA career, he needs to take things one step at a time.
“I’ve got to warm up to warm up and then play,” Oden said. “I understand that now.”
Oden recently signed a $2.1 million contract with the Heat. But it comes to a relief to the 25-year-old former No. 1 pick that the spotlight will be shining down on his teammates more so than himself, as he will be joining the “Big Three” of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. This should help take a little bit of pressure off the former Portland Trail Blazers center.
Apparently, Greg participated in a full court 4-on-4 scrimmage the other day and was absolutely thrilled to do so.
“My body’s just getting used to playing again,” said Oden. “My knees do feel good. I’m running, jumping. I’m doing everything.”
Many people are still curious why Oden chose the Heat over all of his many other competitors.
But when questioned about his choice in Miami, Oden responded with a smile, “If I take out the possibility of getting hurt, why wouldn’t I play with the champs? If LeBron decides to get another ring, I get one too, now.”
Although Oden maybe riding James’ coattail to the NBA Finals, he could play a key role in helping them get there. We’ll all find out the role he plays, if any at all, when the Heat open up against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 29.