Greg Oden taking things slow

From The Columbian’s Brian T. Smith, with a flurry of Oden tweets from Blazers practice:

Oden said he is not doing any cardio for rehabilitation right now. Muscle work is it.

Oden said there is no timeframe for his return, but he does expect to be ready for 2010-11 training camp.

Oden said he plans to do most of his rehabilitation in Indiana this summer.

Oden said team gave him OK to take a break from rehab, return to Indiana and “clear his head.”

There’s been a little, shall we say, questioning of Oden’s comings, goings and doings lately, so I’m sure it’s nice to get some answers. But let’s lay off. Even though many of you probably look at “clear his head” as something negative, it’s not fair to pretend we know what’s fully going on with him, nor is it fair to judge his comfort level with being around a team during a crucial stage which he doesn’t really have any part in.

All that matters for Oden is that his rehab goes smoothly enough that he can put in serious work on his game this offseason without being limited, and that he comes to training camp next year as ready as he was last October. If that’s possible at his current pace, then no need to rush. In the meantime, if the guy is working hard, there’s no reason to make him a target when a few pointed, and appropriate, questions suffice.

UPDATE: Here’s a movie of the full interview from It’s good that it sounds as though they’re gathering different opinions and ideas from doctors on how to help Oden. You never know what’s going to click with someone’s specific physiology.

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