According to Tom Haberstroh of ESPN, the Miami Heat have officially activated Greg Oden and he will be available to play in tonight’s game. The Heat made a trade earlier today that sent backup big man Joel Anthony to the Celtics, and that gave Oden the chance to be brought up as an insurance big man. It is unclear if the Heat plan to give Oden any minutes this evening, but it is still good news nonetheless.
“Pat Riley says Greg Oden is active tonight.” – Tom Haberstroh on Twitter
This story has been an intriguing one every since the Heat decided to sign Oden. Miami is hoping that Oden will be able to stay healthy and give them a chance against Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers in the playoffs. Recent reports have been surfacing that Oden has been ready to get back on the court for a few weeks now and was beginning to get frustrated with the lack of action that he’s had.
Greg Oden has not played in an NBA game since December 5th, 2009. He has been a walking injury ever since the Portland Trail Blazers drafted him with the #1 overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Standing at 7’0″ and weighing 273 pounds would make him a very formidable opponent for Roy Hibbert, at least physically.
Oden may not play for a few weeks, but the good news is that he’s active and is able to play should Miami decide to give him the opportunity. Hopefully he’s able to play consistent basketball without going down with an injury this time around. This will certainly be a situation to keep your eye on tonight if you’re interested in great athlete stories.