Miami Heat center Greg Oden finally participated in a full practice.
The #1 overall pick of the 2007 draft, who has been plagued by major knee injuries throughout his career, was recently cleared to participate in five-on-five drills and he did just that.
Oden took part in the Heat’s scrimmages Monday.
“It felt good to get out there and get some up-and-down,” Oden told ESPN.com’s Michael Wallace after Monday’s practice. “You can see I’m frustrated because I’m not as back as I want to be. But it’s little steps, and today was another step, getting out there and doing some five on five.”
Oden even reportedly blocked the shot of the game’s best player, LeBron James.
“I’ve got to get out there every day,” Oden said. “The more I’m out there, the more I’m going to feel comfortable. The more I’m out there, the more I can manage it. I’m looking at it day by day, make sure I’m able to go out there and practice tomorrow. That’s the main goal — to wake up tomorrow and make sure the swelling is down.”
Over his career, Oden has played in just 82 games, averaging 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.1 minutes per game.