To say that the Miami Heat’s treatment of Greg Oden’s return to the NBA is cautious, might be an understatement.
Recently, ESPN TrueHoop did a story on Oden’s return to practice for Miami and this little nugget near the end of the piece shows how cautious Miami is being:
The recovery during off days and between workouts for Oden have been just as vital as any of the strides he’s made on the court. Oden said trainers measure the size of his knees before and after each workout to gauge for any swelling. If the results are acceptable, the training staff clears Oden for the next day — and next phase — of work.
Otherwise, his workload is lightened.
“It’s great to see him running up and down, obviously for us, but it’s a great feeling knowing he can do it,” LeBron James said. “He’s been going through a lot. They’re not long [workouts]. They’re not keeping him on his feet long, but it’s great to see him.”
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