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Greg Oden makes first NBA appearance since 2009

Greg Oden made his Miami Heat debut.

By Veronica Linares
Greg Oden makes first NBA appearance since 2009
Greg Oden. UPI/Gary I Rothstein | License Photo

(UPI) -- Greg Oden is officially back.

The un-retired NBA star played his first professional basketball game since December 5, 2009 on Wednesday night in New Orleans.

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Oden, 25, who had been battling recurring injuries for the past 46 months, came off the bench in the Miami Heat's 108-95 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. During his few minutes in the court, Oden even managed to score a powerful slam dunk on his offensive possession.

Ealier this month, Oden said he would "like to" play during the Heat's preseason even if it was just for a "couple of minutes."

"I understand I won't be playing 20 minutes," he said at the time, "but if I could get out there and play a couple of minutes..."

Oden's performance during Wednesday's game maybe even earned him a spot during the regular season. Even if just for a few minutes.

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