Today was a monumental day for Greg Oden who hasn’t participated in a NBA practice since 2009.
Tuesday was a bit surreal for Miami Heat center Greg Oden.
Not only was he going through his first NBA practice in four years, but it was taking place in the middle of a hotel ballroom on a tropical island.
The Heat opened training camp with a standard, defensive drill-oriented workout in a warehouse-like conference center at the Atlantis Resort. Oden took part in about half of the practice, but that still was a significant step forward as he attempts a long-shot comeback after not playing since December 2009 because of chronic knee problems.
“It felt good just being out there,” Oden said. “It’s the first time in awhile, I’m happy I got it completed. They had to pull me off the floor. But I’ve got to take steps.”