The 25-year-old Oden signed a one-year deal with the Heat in August.
Capturing consecutive Larry O’Brien Championship Trophies in June, the Heat will benefit from Oden’s size, physicality and interior defense.
More importantly, on a squad of stars, Oden won’t face brutal Heat or overwhelming pressure in Miami.
A recovering alcoholic whose utterly shot knees make him less sturdy than Ozzy Osbourne on Bushmills, the former Buckeye hasn’t competed in the association in 1,404 days.
Capable of being a powerful force in the paint, Oden averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks over 82 games as a Portland Trail Blazer.
Unfortunately, the mammoth center has walked like Keyser Söze since the George W. Bush Administration.
Oden is currently practicing without contact and the organization hasn’t established a timetable for his return.
Regardless, a solid gamble with zero drawbacks, the likable Greg Oden and dominant Miami Heat will prove to be an ideal match.by