‘Baby steps’ for Oden in NBA comebackFor Greg Oden and his Miami Heat teammates, four minutes on an NBA court in a preseason game was cause for celebration. “It’s been a long time and I’ve been wanting to get out there,” Oden said after his preseason debut in Miami’s 108-95 victory at New Orleans on Wednesday. “It was only a couple minutes, but it was what I needed, what I can handle right now and, you know, small baby steps.”
Oden is attempting to return from knee injuries that have plagued him since he was drafted first overall out of Ohio State in 2007. The last time he played in an NBA game was on Dec. 5, 2009, for the Portland Trail Blazers.