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Old 07-12-2012, 08:46 AM   #10351
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There's a 24-year-old free agent center who's affordable, has impressive career rebounding averages and has interest in playing for the Heat eventually once he recovers from his latest knee surgery, according to his agent. The only problem? It's a very big one: He's not healthy and can't seem to stay healthy.

Greg Oden, 7-0, hasn't played since 2009-10 and is recovering from his fifth knee surgery in five seasons. A Grantland.com story said that "right now" Oden's plan is to take next season off to rehab, then come back in 2013-14. But his agent, Mike Conley Sr., told us Oden is positioned be ready to play in December or January "as far as being effective and in shape" and will explore options in the coming months, with the possibility of joining a team next season. But nobody obviously can know for sure when he will be ready.

The Heat hasn't called but "Greg has talked about Miami," Conley said. "He has interest. He's not retiring." Oden, the No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft, has played just 82 career games for Portland (which released him in March) and averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

Whether the Heat takes a flyer on Oden or not — and Miami has nothing to lose, really, if or when they ever deem him healthy - the bigger question is this: With limited financial resources, can Pat Riley significantly upgrade at center during the Big Three era?

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Last week, Oden admitted to becoming an alcoholic during his time with the Portland Trail Blazers and expressed plans to take the 2012-2013 season off completely.

You never want to deny a professional athlete the opportunity to make a comeback, but a return to the NBA would be a particularly unlikely accomplishment for Oden. He was released by the Blazers in March shortly after undergoing surgeries on both knees and he hasn't appeared in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009.

In a February interview with CBSSports.com, Blazers Acting GM Chad Buchanan laid out in detail the medical issues facing Oden, which included a total of five knee surgeries, including three microfracture surgeries, plus blood clots in his left ankle and persistent pain and swelling during his rehabilitation process. Buchanan admitted that Oden never got particularly close to a return to the court during his time in Portland and that he was never cleared for full-contact basketball activities after his Dec. 2009 patella fracture. In that time, Oden underwent three additional knee surgeries and is currently facing months of rehabilitation from the most recent of those.

Of course, Oden wouldn't be Miami's first major reclamation project. The Heat brought in Eddy Curry after a number of workouts, and he appeared in 14 games for Miami this season, the first NBA action the former lottery pick had seen since the 2009-2010 season. Curry was thought to be unsalvageable and the Heat still somehow found a way, so it's accurate to say that nothing is impossible.

Signing Oden at this point is a no-risk proposition for any team. He comes at the league's minimum salary and requires nothing more than a roster spot and a medical staff. The question is whether there is any potential reward to be found. Unlike with Curry, this isn't just a matter of him going on a hardcore diet to drop 100 pounds. The question is whether his knees -- operated on time and again -- can take the kind of punishment required to get cleared to play basketball, let alone compete in NBA games night after night. Years of health setbacks suggest that a full return is a longshot, at best.

If Oden could fill even 10 minutes a night, signing him would be a worthwhile cause. Even if he lacked his old mobility, he's still tall, long and coordinated. Unfortunately, his recent rehabilitation history strongly suggests that even that type of modest contribution isn't likely.



I think that he is done- his knees cannot take the stress of even practicing, let alone an NBA game. It is such a waste, it seemed like he was going to be one of those iconic big men, but now we are left with the bitch Howard and baby Bynum.

Everytime you hear "I should be practicing again in a few months", he comes back with a new injury and it's "Greg Oden out 8-12 months". Don't get your homer hopes to high.
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:55 AM   #10352
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why won't Howard sign a long term extension with anybody but the Nets? lol that dude is an idiot. And like he hasn't already been enough of a cancer for the Magic, now he might have to stay there for another season? lol
Him & Dwill have been planning a team-up for years and he's a to much of a bitch to play behind Shaq's legacy in L.A.

Rumor is is that Houston may amnesty Luis Scola to clear more cap room to be able to take on some of Orlando's bad contracts in addition to Dwight. Apparently the Rockets and Orlando have been talking all yesterday. But Atlanta has the best offer Imo. Horford + Teague + 2 first rounders.
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Nets talking possible Sign & Trade to land Cavs F Antawn Jamison, also considering Kenyon Martin







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Cavs have had talks on possible sign & trade sending Antawn Jamison to Nets,sources tell Y! Lakers can only offer minimum. GS & CHA in mix too

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Kris Humphries future in Brooklyn unclear. Besides Antawn Jamison, Nets considering FA's Kenyon Martin, Craig Smith, sources tell Y! Sports.


The Nets could be on the verge of landing F Antawn Jamison in a sign-and-trade deal with the Cavaliers.

Antawn Jamison could come off the bench if the Nets re-sign Kris Humphries, and start if they don't. However, the Lakers, Warriors and Bobcats are all still in the hunt to sign Jamison. In addition to Humphries, the Nets are said to be looking Kenyon Martin and Craig Smith, as well.

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Old 07-12-2012, 02:03 PM   #10354
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Him & Dwill have been planning a team-up for years and he's a to much of a bitch to play behind Shaq's legacy in L.A.

Rumor is is that Houston may amnesty Luis Scola to clear more cap room to be able to take on some of Orlando's bad contracts in addition to Dwight. Apparently the Rockets and Orlando have been talking all yesterday. But Atlanta has the best offer Imo. Horford + Teague + 2 first rounders.
I doubt he would want to go to the Rockets though, if he's passing up on better teams out there. The Rockets roster would be comprised of Howard, and 11 other guys that nobody has heard of lol
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:12 PM   #10355
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Barkley had a rebuttal to Kobe's remark that this year's olympic team could have beat the 92 dream team.. by saying that besides Bryant, Lebron, and Durant, probably nobody else would have made the 92 team. lol Barkley is on point.
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jordan on kobe's dream team statemet: "i absolutely laughed"

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SINCE BLAKE GOT HURT THEY PUT UP THE SIGNAL


ANTHONY DAVIS ALONE WOULD HAVE RAPED THE 1992 TEAM,

ANTHONY DAVIS IS GONNA TAKE OUT HIS BARKLEY AND JORDAN FRUSTRATIONS ON A DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TEAM AT 9 O CLOCk
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Christian Laettnar > Anthony Davis
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Blockbuster Nets signing:

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The 17-year veteran played last season with the Atlanta Hawks, averaging 3.6 points in 30 games.
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ANTHONY DAVIS IS GONNA TAKE OUT HIS BARKLEY AND JORDAN FRUSTRATIONS ON A DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TEAM AT 9 O CLOCk

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lol @ Kyrie Irving challenging Kobe Bryant to 1-on-1 game?
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Nope. Oden is taking the ENTIRE year off this season. He isn't signing with ANYBODY this year. ALL he is doing this year coming up is rehabbing. He is no where close to even practicing for a year at least.
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Greg Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft, has missed 312 of 394 games in his NBA career. (Craig Mitchelldyer-US PRESSWIRE)
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BLUE LIGHT SPECIALS: Heat President Pat Riley may have even more up his sleeve when it comes to free agents.
Injury-riddled Greg Oden could be returning to the NBA this season.
That’s the word from Oden’s agent, Mike Conley, who got a call earlier this week from Oden. He said his client has changed his tune from wanting to take this season off.
“(Oden) called me, and he was kind of excited,’’ Conley said Thursday in a phone interview with FOX Sports Florida. “I think he’s motivated …. He wants to play. He had said he wanted to take this season off, but he’s backed off from that …. He’s open to playing this season. I think he will play this season.’’
Oden, the star-crossed center who was taken No. 1 in the 2007 NBA draft by Portland ahead of No. 2 Kevin Durant, hasn’t played in an NBA game since Dec. 5, 2009. Out of 394 possible games in his NBA career, he’s missed 312.
Oden has had five surgeries on both his knees since entering the NBA, including two surgeries last February, one being his third microfracture procedure. He was waived by the Trail Blazers last March, making him a free agent.
Oden was quoted in a Grantland article last May about his plan to take the entire 2012-13 season off. But Oden told Conley this week about the change in his thinking.
“He’s starting to work out,’’ Conley said of Oden, who was recently cleared for workouts, feeling better about his situation. “He’s excited. You can tell he’s getting antsy. At the end of the day, I want him to finish out his NBA career. He’s still pretty young (24).’’
Conley, who said the former Ohio State star is committed to regular workouts this summer in Columbus, Ohio, said there’s still no timetable as to what point next season he believes Oden will be able to play. He said seven NBA teams, which he declined to name, have been keeping in regular touch with him, but Conley doesn’t anticipate it will be until the fall before there are any serious negotiations.
“We want to get to the point where he’s more healthy and can show teams what he can do (in workouts),’’ Conley said. “There’s still no timetable, and that’s the beauty of him being on his own. He doesn’t have to give anybody a timetable.''
Conley said he has not heard from the Miami Heat at all since Oden was waived. But he said Oden has interest in the Heat if they ever were to be interested.
“Obviously, if the Heat wanted him, who wouldn’t want to play for the Heat?’’ Conley said of the defending champions. “That goes without saying. They have roster spots and a need (at center). But it’s too early to say about where he might play.’’
Conley said Oden splits his time between his hometown of Indianapolis and Columbus. Conley said he’s now taking summer classes at Ohio State, which he led to the NCAA title game in his only season there of 2006-07.
Obviously, Oden has had plenty of down moments due to all his injuries. But Conley said Oden has never talked about the possibility of retiring.
For now, Conley said Oden is as excited as he’s been in a long time. He pointed out it was Oden who called him unsolicited to express a willingness to play this season.
“He’s going to sign somewhere,’’ Conley said. “He’s going to get healthy and be coming back.’’
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