It's been a while since Greg Oden stepped onto a basketball court for a regular season NBA game -- more than four years to be exact. Not only did the Miami seven-footer get some playing time against Washington on Wednesday night, he dunked the first time he touched the ball.
In uniform for the first time since Dec. 5, 2009, Heat coach Erick Spoelstra had Oden enter the game in the second quarter. When Dwyane Wade drove to the basket and missed a contested layup, Oden was there to grab the offensive rebound over Washington's Martin Gortat. He immediately went back up with the ball and threw down a two-handed dunk to cut the Wizards' lead to 58-28. Several players on Miami's bench stood up after the dunk and cheered on their teammate.
Oden played eight minutes total and finished with six points and two rebounds. He went 2 for 3 from the field and 2 for 2 from the free throw line.
"It felt good, just being able to be back out on the court," Oden told Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com after the game. "Honestly, the big thing is, to be able to have now that connection now with my teammates. I've been here, I've been around, but when you're not playing, sometimes deep down you don't really feel part of the team as much. I'm happy I can do that."