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Greg Oden signs with Heat!

About time. Thoughts on the decision? It's a 2-year minimum deal with player option for second year according to Sportscenter on Twitter, I'll post a link asap.


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haha, you beat me, good thing

haha, you beat me, good thing I checked one more time before I posted. I'm surprised a bit, I thought someone would throw him higher than the minimum. I still don't think the Heat were a good fit for him but w/e, I just want to see him healthy and play.

here's the link in case you don't get it posted: https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/status/363461677263495169

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https://twitter.com/SportsCen

https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/363462837458309120

Haha sorry man, I was waiting all day for this crap. I'm surprised as well, I just hope he can play without injuries.

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Oh well. I thought I was

Oh well. I thought I was going to like him this season. Now he's just another traitor.

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And you're just another

And you're just another hater! Okay maybe not, but that rhymed real well.

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He'll be the Adam Morrison of

He'll be the Adam Morrison of the Heat. A nostalgic icon who never plays and everyone makes fun of. I sincerely wish the best for him, but he should have focused on getting himself right. The idea of Greg Oden ring-chasing is kinda ridiculous.

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What do you think he was

What do you think he was doing the last 2 yrs. If he can physically run and dunk he will play and make an impact on the game unlike Adam Morrison.

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with LeBron

Amazing players like this will take less money just to play with James.

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Scary..

Chalmers-Cole
Wade-Allen
Lebron-Battier
Bosh-Haslem
Anderson-Oden
Throw in Mo Williams if they can snag him for the mini-midlevel this team will be downright lethal if they get a healthy Wade and Oden.. Heat fan/hater or not this could possibly be the most talented NBA team most of us have ever witnessed.

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This will also be the first

This will also be the first time Bosh plays with a "real" center in his career. Given Bosh's propensity to shoot the midrange jumper and Odens fantastic per 36 rebounding #'s this could be a perfect pairing... especially if Oden is healthy and limber again for the first time since highschool. I do have reservations about the Heat's outside shooting in the starting lineup. Miami's most lethal lineup last season involved Allen/Miller to reliably spread the floor. Not only might the starting lineup not have that shooting touch it needs to be most effective but Oden may clog the paint for James and Wades dribble penetration. This would be a disaster. Defenses would no longer waste energy chasing the ball as it swings around the perimeter forcing Miami's team fg% to take a dive playing against a fresh and collapsed defense they can't take advantage of.

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Welp! another player i lost

Welp! another player i lost respect for, he tryna take the easy way 2 a championship he should have signed with New Orleans or somebody else.

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He put himself in a good

He put himself in a good position for his next contract. LOTS of exposure and if he shows he can stay healthy he can opt out for a bigger deal. I was surprised he didn't sign for the minimum since theres no guarantee that this isn't his last contract he signs but maybe that bigger deal was never offered from another team.

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Im not saying i fully agree

Im not saying i fully agree with his decision. But what is wrong with him taking the 'easy way' for a championship. To me, a championship is a championship regardless of how you look at it.

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Shocked the HEAT got him for

Shocked the HEAT got him for the minimum. I pray he can stay healthy.

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I thought he would have givin

I thought he would have givin him their mini midlevel exception but they got him for even less. It is a great situation for him considering they won it with the same team last year with out him, so not much pressure. If the Heat can get 15 to 20 minutes a night from him it is a fantastic deal and will definitely help them when they play the pacers because if he just plays defense on hibbert and rebounds that will help them a lot because bosh got killed by roy hibbert.

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I just wish he would've

I just wish he would've picked a team that played slow and wasn't necessarily going for a deep-playoff. Unfortunately, the Pelicans and Spurs also play fairly fast so wasn't like his choices were that diverse. But in the end, I just want the guy to have a career.

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Old ass looking, crusty,

Old ass looking, crusty, busted victory cigar.

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I don't get it, we all praise

I don't get it, we all praise you for your knowledge and posting skills, and since then you've continued to get worse. This comment is just immature.

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I never thought Greg Oden

I never thought Greg Oden would sign with the Heat, but one thing I didn't account for was the fact that the Heat had been recruiting him hard since before last season. There were reports that the Heat were willing to sign him last season even though they knew he'd basically be out for the season. Being the type of person Oden is, that meant a lot to him. They had to treat him like family and really lay out a plan for him to get healthy and have a career.

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2 oldest guyz in the league

2 oldest guyz in the league on the same team, Lebron and Greg! look like they're in their mid 50's ha ha

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He's a guy who slows down the

He's a guy who slows down the Heat's offense and clogs up LeBron and Wade's driving lanes. Great signing for the Pacers, Thunder, Grizzlies, and Spurs.

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Man, Miami just gets anyone

Man, Miami just gets anyone they want, don't they?

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Oden

Really? Are you guys thinking that Oden can really help the Heat out? He hasn't played in four years and when was the last time he played a full season anywhere? He's junior year of high school, if I remember correctly? I don't dis-like the Heat, but I don't think he's really going to help out that much?

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Sigh, a potential feel-good

Sigh, a potential feel-good story becomes a lose-lose. If Oden is healthy, Miami wins another chip barring a season-ending injury to Wade, Bosh or Lebron. Simple as that. If he gets injured it'll be great news for people who want drama in the playoffs, but then it's another setback for Oden.

There's no outcome for this situation I like. Boo.

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I've always disliked people

I've always disliked people who hate so blindly the Miami Heat and Lebron. We are blessed to see such a great team play, no matter the circumstances on which it was made, and in 10 years time, we will all be grateful to have seen these guys going for possibly a threepeat. It's just like in the 90's with the Bulls, there were HEAPS of people who would talk crap about them and MJ, but now act like the 97-98 team and MJ are gods and that they've always loved them.

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Except if Oden can stay

Except if Oden can stay healthy he'll give Miami a dominant C that MJs Bulls never had.

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I wasnt comparing the teams

I wasnt comparing the teams in terms of who played for them but the way the public treated them

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I'm not surprised at all, I

I'm not surprised at all, I mean he hasn't played in the last 4 years, he doesn't know how much of a career he's going to have, but it's certain another injury would be the end for him. Also, there are no chances at all he's going to become what he could've been without injuries and he's got some money. So I can't think of any reason to sign with a team commited to a long term project (NOP) or a team that could give him some extra money or playing time. I think it's a no brainer to choose the team with the best odds of winning the ring in which he can be a contributor. Also I don't think Miami is a bad fit, unless one expect him to be able to start and playing 35 mpg right away, that is clearly impossible. I think he will be able to play 10-15 quality minutes giving D, rebounds, running decently (though this remains to be seen) and some fouls against big guys. And that's the very best case scenario. And that's also what Miami needs, a big body to throw in against the likes of Hibbert, Lopez to provide some D for 10 minutes or so.

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What are you guys talkin

What are you guys talkin about? The heat are the best situatiin for Oden. His career is in jeopardy so getting a cjance to be the best rim protector on a championship team, he might revive his career!

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I may be an idiot but saying

I may be an idiot but saying this but I feel sorry for Greg Oden. Oden a number one pick in 2007 has only gotten to play 82 games because of injuries. Even if Oden plays for 10-20 minutes a game he will be a huge help. Miami lacks size and rebounding. They now will have that with Oden there. I look for the Heat to be even more dangerous if Oden stays healthy.

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Greg Oden and the Heat.

I am not expecting '86 Bill Walton in South Beach, but this still could be an inspiring move if the Heat don't try to change what they do just to accommodate Oden. G.O. could slow down the Heat attack, commit too many fouls, and clog LeBron and Wade's driving lanes. BUT you always need an extra big and Udonis Haslem has put up paltry stats in two straight Finals. Bosh has been more than solid for most of the time and Birdman is the guy who I thought put them over the top. I like Bosh and Birdman together, two rangy athletes with some bounce. Long, can finish, can block some shots, rebound, and usually don't try to do too much. Good basketball IQ's and teammates.

If the Heat go with a big lineup early with LeBron at the 3 and Birdman and Bosh inside, then they can also go BIG off the bench with Battier, Haslem, and Oden. Haslem played out of position (too much center) these past few years and a return to the 4 should take less out of him. With this second unit (assuming Norris Cole and James Jones are the perimeter threats in the backcourt. OUCH.) Oden could spend his time rebounding, defending, and scoring on garbage buckets.

The Heat should play him as a rich man's version (and a taller version) of Kendrick Perkins. A pure banger, defender, and a guy who can box out and grab some rebounds. Won't score a ton but can make a point blank shot. Just a guy who can add toughness and fouls to the front line.

I agree with the other posters here in that the Heat saw their competition with Roy Hibbert in Indy, Duncan in San Antonio, Dwight Howard in Houston, and Marc Gasol in Memphis and wanted to add another big to throw at them. Birdman added much needed energy and length to the Heat front line, but he lacks the bulk and one-on-one defensive skills that Oden has.

Unfortunately, I don't think Birdman and Oden complement each other well, so I don't think both guys can be on the court at the same time. However, I do think that Bosh would fit in with either legit big, Haslem would be more effective as a four next to a legit center, and LeBron can play with anyone. Getting Oden also allows Shane Battier to play less as a stretch four, a move that wore him down down the stretch. Battier from the 3 spot can also make up for some of Mike Miller's long range shooting.

Another upside here is that the Heat didn't allow a competitor to get Oden. OKC needs a legit center and could have gotten Oden to help them out (they also could have used Mike Miller's shooting and experience), and Oden could have made Duncan's job easier in San Antonio. Oden could have also reunited with college teammate Mike Conley in Memphis to give the Grizzlies another hard nosed big next to Marc Gasol, Z Bo, and the newly acquired Kosta Koufos.

The past two season the Heat got that "extra guy" who I thought really helped them. First, Shane Battier. Huge for them in my opinion. Then this past season they picked up Birdman and then they ran through the league on the way to a second straight title. I think a possible "extra guy" for this year is Mike Miller for Memphis. The Heat will miss him, but I also think that another "extra guy" could be Greg Oden. Oden might not even be this era's Bill Walton. A former top pick with an injury plagued career. I think that the Heat would settle for this era's Greg Kite. A solid guy who can play a few minutes here and there giving a team defense, toughness, rebounds, blocked shots, and fouls.

With contenders you have to ask, does this guy help our team get closer to a ring? I think Mike Miller helps Memphis in this area. I also think that Greg Oden helps the Heat here too. Neither guy will be a super sixth man next year, but each guy will add a much-needed dimension to a playoff rotation.

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Anyway

If Oden's healthy and he plays like he did play in his 82 games span at the least, Miami has another championship, especially if they sign Mo Williams, it's clear that they'll win

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The Heat lost a shooter (and

The Heat lost a shooter (and a guy who can play the 3 spot or the 2 spot) in Mike Miller and haven't really replaced him. He was also one of the more important players in these last two NBA Finals. So I think that makes James Jones a wild card here. If he can hit 3's at a decent clip then I think he will help out a lot given that James Jones is younger and less injury prone. But, someone on the Heat roster has to pick up the slack. You would assume Battier would be the guy but he is slipping too. Battier is good from the corners but he has never been a TRUE sharp shooter. Ray Allen is essentially their only Sharp Shooter threat now with James Jones and Shane Battier also needing to help out.

Back to Greg Oden: I think Oden needs to pattern his game after the early Nineties version of Bill Cartwright. Big Bill was a key member of the Bulls team mostly as a guy who could defend Patrick Ewing and those other guys. He could also rebound some, and hit some shots. Great leadership too and added some toughness. I think Oden could be that guy in Miami. They have the Big Three in LeBron, Wade, and Bosh, their Paxson/BJ Armstrong guy in Mario Chalmers, and now they have their big man rotation in Birdman and Oden. The Bulls might not have had QUALITY at the five but they made up for it with QUANTITY. Cartwright, Will Purdue, Stacey King, and Scott Williams all spending time at the center spot. This Heat team now has more depth at center, so along with Chris Bosh Miami can go with Oden, Birdman, and Haslem. Those are enough legit bigs to go after ANYBODY.

I also don't think that this is just about next year. I think the Heat could have gone after decent stop gap centers who they could have plugged in as a backup center. I think this is about the next few years and a guy who might be a key to a longer-term dynasty which, quite frankly, would be any team with a LeBron James in his prime.

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Oden's signing means Joel

Oden's signing means Joel Anthony days in South Beach ARE OVER!!!
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Oden / Heat / Balance

I'm very happy for Oden, but I wish he went elsewhere. If Oden can come back and be half the player he was supposed to be it will make an already stacked Heat team unbeatable. I just don't see how fans can seriously want to see the same team win every single year, I'd rather see some variety.

The NBA needs some serious balancing, it's entirely top-heavy with maybe 5 teams having a legit chance to win it all, and everyone else has no chance. I'm tired of these stars all playing together, when I was a kid and first started watching basketball I loved how just about every team had 1-2 stars. I guess it felt more competitive then.

The fact the Heat don't even try during the regular season is just a disgrace to us fans, and not fair to the rest of the league who do have to go all out every night.

I'm not a Heat hater, what I'm a hater of is ANY team that just stacks talent and leaves everyone in the dust. I'd like to see more variety and balance.

I know I got a bit off topic there, I really hope Oden can stay healthy and become at least a solid role player the rest of his career.

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