Oden, who has endured a long history of knee issues, played four minutes and scored two points in the preseason and has been currently ahead of schedule. Head coach Erik Spoelstra told the Sun Sentinel it may be more beneficial for Oden to remain behind on single-game trips. He has not played a regular season game since Dec. 5, 2009.
Oden, who has endured a long history of knee issues, played four minutes and scored two points in the preseason and has been currently ahead of schedule. Still no word from the team on what kind of role Mason and Oden will have this season.
Just a week after he appeared to have suffered a minor setback,
Oden checked into the game in the second quarter and converted a dunk within a minute of his first possession. It was his first NBA game action since Dec. 5, 2009. He logged four minutes and finished with two points and two rebounds off the bench for Miami.
Oden sat out practice Wednesday due to swelling in his knees, just two days after making his return to full practice. He will likely take a few days off to let the swelling subside.
The Heat have four remaining preseason games before opening the season at home against the Bulls on Oct. 29. His status remains uncertain for the opener.
Despite the setback, Oden, who has not played since 2009, remains pretty upbeat about the process.
"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."
Oden took part in five-on-five scrimmages Monday, but will now likely take a few days off to let the swelling subside.
One of the biggest obstacles he still faces on his way back, besides the physical ones, is getting back up to playing speed. That can only really happen by getting into game action.
"I'm just trying to get my timing back; when I'm out there, that's what I think about," he said. "I'm overthinking when I'm out there. Basketball is supposed to be, just play and flow into it."
Oden is expected to provide some depth off the bench for the Heat, but is unlikely to play a large role at any point.
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