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                       === Heat C Oden returns to court ===
 
 New  Orleans, LA  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Miami  Heat center  Greg Oden  played
 his  first meaningful  basketball  since 2009  on  Wednesday night,  returning
 to the floor in a 108-95 preseason win over the New Orleans Pelicans.
 
 It's been 1,418 days since Oden, the former No. 1 overall pick by the Portland
 Trailblazers in 2007, appeared in an NBA game.
 
 Oden  underwent  multiple  knee  surgeries,  ending  his  career  in  Portland
 after just 82 games in two seasons. He spent all of 2012-13 rehabbing his knee
 and inked a two-year deal with the Heat this summer.
 
 The former Ohio State product averaged 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks
 per game in two years with the Blazers.
 
 Oden  checked in at  the 5:15 mark of the first quarter and on his first touch
 of the game, threw down a vicious dunk that drew applause from the crowd and a
 standing ovation from the Miami bench.
 
 He  finished  with two points  and two rebounds in  just under four minutes of
 action.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 10/23 23:56:27 ET