Greg Oden Takes A Step Back in Conditioning

By Jared Doyle
Steve Mitchell- USA Today Sports

Well, it looks like a lot of the positive progress that Greg Oden has made on his rehabbing knees has taken a slight setback. According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, Oden has missed the last two practices due to swelling in his left knee. The swelling is most likely due to the extensive 5-on-5 workouts Oden has been a part throughout the last few weeks. The progress that Oden has made since being signed by the Miami Heat in June is substantial and has given Heat management every reason to be optimistic.  Even with this optimism, though, no timetable was ever given for Oden’s return just because of setbacks like this.

“This has been three years for me, as long as it’s no surgery, it’s OK,” said Oden, who last played in an NBA game in 2009. “This is going to be a long season, I’m going to get there.” (Windhorst, ESPN)

Although the setback may seem alarming, these are the trials and tribulations that Oden is going to face while conditioning himself to get back into the NBA. The Heat training staff has done a tremendous job of monitoring Oden’s knee size on a daily basis and basing his workload on how his body reacts to the conditioning. This shouldn’t be a major concern heading into the regular season because Oden’s signing wasn’t meant for the regular season. The Heat wanted Oden for one reason: the playoffs. The Heat training staff has the entire regular season to get Oden back into game form. As long as Oden doesn’t have to go under the knife again, his progress will be considered a success.

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