As Greg Oden’s return approaches, trainers are getting more and more cautious with the injury-prone center. The 7-footer, who participated in his first full practice Monday with the Heat, has his knees measured by trainers every single day before and after workouts to check for swelling.
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.