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LeBron James Dampers Expectations for Greg Oden

by Mark Gunnels | Posted on Monday, August 12th, 2013
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LeBron James says whatever Greg Oden gives them is extra.

Nobody knows what to really expect from Greg Oden. The 7-footer hasn’t played in three years, but he did impress several teams during his summer workouts.

4-time MVP LeBron James isn’t willing to put any added pressure on the former number one pick. 

“Adding Greg is a huge piece for us but we’re not asking too much from him, we’re not going to put too much pressure on him,” James said. “He hasn’t played since 2009, so it’s been awhile. We just want him to work his way back into condition. Whatever he gives us is extra.”

Something tells me Miami expects a little more from Oden than they’re giving out.

 

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  1. JT says:

    LeBron knows that Oden is the key to his 3rd championship. Oden will be in the situation of under promise over deliver. It will start out being limited minutes (10-15 min per game) and if he can handle it he will see about 20 min in the post season. Like LeBron said, he will be a huge piece because Bosh can go back to the PF position and be the player he was in Toronto. If that happens, there would be less pressure on Wade and LeBron to carry the team. Bosh always seems to get the short end of the stick but he can ball.

    More importantly, what Oden will do is change their defense. They were one of the worst rebounding teams in the NBA. I made my own slogan, “disrespecting the league.” I have never seen a team who had a glaring weakness in having no center, getting beat up by point guards and centers (see Nikola Vucevic and Jrue Holiday) who put up season highs or career highs because they had no answers…..and still would beat those teams. A team with no true center and still managed to go on a 27 game winning streak?

    Now point guards and centers like Roy Hibbert will have to adjust because their points will not come as easy if Oden is out there. Being that LeBron and Wade are unselfish players, Oden will get the ball at times and he will clean the boards, so I expect to see a spike in their team offensive rebounds.

    By the way, I’m a Lakers fan and can the NBA stop making us play the Heat on Christmas? I’d rather them play the Thunder at this point. LeBron always seems to play a notch higher when he plays the Lakers and it gets embarrassing more than not.

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