The 25-year-old Oden signed a one-year deal with the Heat in August.
“Probably a ways away,” said Conley Sr. “The main goal is to have him ready for the second half of the season and the playoffs.”
Capturing consecutive Larry O’Brien Championship Trophies in June, the Heat will eventually 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.
The former Buckeye, a recovering alcoholic whose shot knees make him less sturdy than Ozzy Osbourne on Bushmills, hasn’t competed in the association in 1,440 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 enforcer has walked like Keyser Söze since the George W. Bush Administration.
Oden is primarily practicing without contact and the organization hasn’t established a timetable for his return.
Sitting atop the Southeast Division with a record of 7-3, Miami doesn’t urgently need Oden.
Regardless, a solid gamble with zero drawbacks, the likable Greg Oden could help the Heat burn opponents in “the second half of the season and the playoffs.”by