Greg Oden participated in a five-on-five scrimmage for the first time on Monday.
"It felt good to be out there, get some up and down," Oden said. "You see I'm a little frustrated in myself because I'm not as back as I want to be. But you know, it's little steps. Today was another step, getting out there and doing some five on five."
"It's a testament to him just keeping his composure, his believing in himself, his family believing in him," LeBron James said. "He's back where he belongs, and that's in the NBA."
Oden is not expected to play in either of the two upcoming preseason games for the Miami Heat.
"I got to get out there every day," said Oden. "The more I'm out there, the more I'm going to feel comfortable and the more I'm going to feel comfortable with my teammates. The more I'm out there, the more I manage it."