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Greg Oden’s status is a giant mystery
Erik Spoelstra tiptoed around the latest questions about center Greg Oden before Monday’s game against the Jazz, but the Heat’s coach did at least indicate that Oden is still in the team’s long-term plans for the season.
The Heat plays the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in the biggest home game of the first two months of the season, and the topic of Oden and his playing status (or lack thereof) will once again be a point of discussion.
Last week, Oden watched from the bench in Indianapolis as Pacers center Roy Hibbertdominated the paint both offensively and defensively. After the game, Hibbert said he was looking forward to Oden joining the rivalry.
But exactly when Oden will begin playing games for the Heat remains a mystery. He made an appearance in the preseason but hasn’t suited up for a regular-season game. Oden, who was in street clothes against the Jazz, has been inactive for the first 24 games of the season.
As a follow up to a question about his rotations, Spoelstra was asked about how to efficiently incorporate Oden into the Heat’s system once he is ready to play.
“We’ll get to that when we get to that,” Spoelstra said. “It will be no different than when we had to incorporate Michael [ Beasley], when we’ve had to incorporate Shane [ Battier]. We incorporated Norris [ Cole]. When we get to that point, we’ll deal with it the way we always do.”
Spoelstra was then asked whether he thought adding Oden midstream would be the biggest challenge of the season.
“You can’t ever pinpoint what the biggest challenge will be in an NBA season, really,” Spoelstra said. “They come daily, they come weekly because of the schedule, but they will arrive on your doorstep.”
Oden hasn’t played in regular-season game in more than four years.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/17/3822962/greg-odens-status-is-a-giant-mystery.html#storylink=cpy
source : Miami herald
i did some research about Greg Oden and Roy Hibbert :
Well they only faced each other once LOL
It was the 18th march in 2009 in Indianapolis (Greg Oden's hometown)
Roy Hibbert (starting center) : In 30mn, he had 14 points (6/12 and 2/3 FT) , 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and 5 fouls Greg Oden (backup center) : In 12 mn, he got 4 points (1/3 and 2/2 FT) , 7 rebounds, 1 block and 2 fouls
One action :
Roy Hibbert shooting foul (Greg Oden draws the foul) - Then Greg made the 2 FT (good point)
So look how bigger has become Hibbert (Steroids)
while Greg Oden
Roy Hibbert : 7.2 and 290
Greg Oden : 7.0 and 273
what do you think guys ? Do you think Greg Oden can lock Roy Hibbert ? Will his knees manage to support him and Roy ? Tough question
Your thoughts :