Oden plays first time since 2009

Center returns to action for Heat

By David Lang - Executive Producer
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NEW ORLEANS - Greg Oden checked into the Heat's preseason game against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

Oden's appearance was his first on an NBA court since 2009.

Oden signed with the Heat in the offseason.

Miami is hoping to use his size in the playoffs.

Oden has been hampered by knee injuries.

On his first possession, Oden threw down a dunk.

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