Greg Oden On Why He Chose the Miami Heat

Apr 3, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers former center Greg Oden smiles while watching the Trail Blazers play against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James and playing time, or lack there of.

It was big decision that took quite a while for Greg Oden. The center has been out of the league since 2009 with multiple knee injuries and his decision of where to play could make or break the rest of his NBA career.

In an interview with Grantland, Oden tells Mark Titus why he chose to play for the Miami Heat.

“Obviously the chance to play with the best player in the world and compete for a championship was a big selling point,” Oden told me. “But more than that, what I really liked was how they thought I could really add something to their team. They’ve won back-to-back championships without me, so for them to pursue me as hard as they did meant a lot, especially given all that I’ve gone through.”

Oden has a unique opportunity to join a championship team led by the best player in the world and face little pressure. Oden can contribute a lot to the Heat, but won’t be rushed to do so while getting acclimated.

Oden said in an interview with ESPN that it big deciding factor was not being rushed back.

“When I had a conversation with Coach [Erik] Spoelstra and hearing how much he knew about the training stuff that I was already doing, it kind of made me feel like they know what’s best for me,” Oden said. “I’m not going to sit here and say I’m 100 percent. I am moving [well] and I am feeling good, but I have a lot of work to do.”

A lot of work to do, and the time to do it. He made the right choice.

Topics: Greg Oden, Miami Heat

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