Saturday , Aug , 30 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Greg Oden Playing Five-on-Five

 Blazers center Greg Oden participated in his first 5-on-5, full-court scrimmages since last September’s microfracture knee surgery, and the reports were positive. In fact, it was such a big deal that team owner Paul Allen came to town to watch the scrimmages.

McMillan said Oden has not experienced any swelling, soreness or other setbacks. The team is making him sit out every other day in order to protect the knee.

"The one thing he did that put a big smile on my face is he asked coach Monty (Williams) to come in at night and work with him," McMillan said. "So, he was doing two-a-days, working with Dean (Demopoulos) in the morning and Monty at night. And he did it himself. He would come back at night and work on his footwork with Monty, and for me, that’s good. That’s great. He is on schedule where Jay Jensen and the trainers want him to be."