Greg Oden signs who knows if he actually plays
Greg Oden is now a member of the Miami Heat but the question is will he ever play for them? Oden hasn’t appeared in a NBA game since 2009 and has had numerous failed comeback attempts. Will he fail again? No one knows not even himself which is why he signed with the Heat. Out of all potential suitors Miami was the one team who didn’t really need him, especially early in the season, so he can continue to work out and get himself to 100% healthy before he plays.
He’s not sure yet how soon he’ll be ready to play in actual games, saying that he hopes to lose even more weight after slimming down to his current 275 pounds.
“I could be ready to go but it’s still a work in progress,” Oden said. “My minutes and amount of playing time and all that is going to have to be monitored.”
Oden said it was a “big deciding factor” that Heat officials made it clear to him that he “wouldn’t be needed as much early in the season” as he works his way back from more than three years out of the NBA.
“When I had a conversation with Coach [Erik] Spoelstra and hearing how much he knew about the training stuff that I was already doing, it kind of made me feel like they know what’s best for me,” Oden said.
Oden added: “I’m not going to sit here and say I’m 100 percent. I am moving [well] and I am feeling good, but I have a lot of work to do.” (ESPN)
For a team like the Heat though it’s a low risk, high reward scenario even with the amount of money they’ll have to pay in luxury tax. If Oden can get himself back into NBA shape they’ll have a big body in the middle of their lineup who could surprisingly still reach his potential. One of Oden’s advisers used Grant Hill as an example.
Said BDA Sports’ Bill Duffy, another of Oden’s main advisers: “As he gets his bearings and learns more about his body and his diet and all those things, we’re still hoping that this can be a Grant Hill- or Zydrunas Ilgauskas-type story where [Oden] gets past all the injuries and hopefully has the successful career he was always hoping to have.”(ESPN)
I’m still skeptical of Oden ever playing in an actual NBA game again but who knows, this might be the best situation for him.