NEW YORK -

Center Greg Oden sat out Heat practice on Wednesday in New York.

The big man reportedly had swelling in his left knee.

Oden sat out two-days after participating in 5-on-5 drills.

The Heat signed the former top draft pick knowing it would be a long road back.

Oden has battled a career-threatening knee injury for years.

Miami is hoping to have Oden in game shape in time for the playoffs.

The Heat have not given a specific timetable for his return to game action.

The Heat play the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday.