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Nate McMillan: Greg Oden Is On Pace

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Posted September 04, 2008 - 02:19 PM

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Blazers head coach Nate McMillan said in a brief interview with the media on Thursday that center Greg Oden is where the team wants him to be.

"He's on pace, as far as where we wanted him to be. Our doctors and (athletic trainer Jay Jensen), they've been working very closely with him all summer long. We've had a plan, from the time he came out of surgery last year, until this point," McMillan said. "He's on pace to be ready for training camp and that was the main focus; to have him ready, healthy to go in October. As far as I know, everything is on schedule."

McMillan also touched on how he will use the first overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft during the preseason.

"We're a ways away from that. Right now he just started some five-on-five, we wanted him to start in August, two-on-two, three-on-three, get back ... now he's playing five-on-five every other day," he added. "We'll wait and see how he's feeling once we get into training camp. Both he and Brandon coming off surgeries, we can't say now how much they will do during training camp. I'll listen to the doctors and Jay."

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