About a month ago, newly minted Miami Heat big man Greg Oden held a press conference (I guess if you want to call it that) suggesting that he was healthy, had finished rehabbing and was cleared to play.
It apparently didn’t sit well with the organization.
According to the South Florida Sun, Oden’s public display irritated many in the front office:
Q: What the go with Greg Oden? Any word on the big man’s promise? — Craig.
A: For the most part, expect it to be mostly a no-go when it comes to information on the progress of Oden. The Heat seemingly are going out of their way to minimize expectations, yet to formally introduce a player they signed over a month ago. While there have been many sightings of Oden working out at AmericanAirlines Arena, this will not be a situation with daily or even regular updates. To a degree, this will be like the Heat’s efforts with Eddy Curry two seasons ago: When he is ready to be put on display, if he is ready, he will be put on display. Otherwise, Greg likely will remain as much a mystery under contract as he was during his three seasons away from the game. The Heat were not necessarily pleased about the media conference Oden held in Indianapolis a month ago declaring he was finished rehabbing and cleared to play. Now that he is under the umbrella of the Heat’s cone of secrecy, expect few such proclamations going forward. But, yes, we’re asking and will continue to ask.
Probably not the first impression he was hoping to make.