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Heat's Greg Oden: 'I know that I'm one of the biggest busts in NBA history'

Heat center Greg Oden hopes to get on the court this season after missing 3 seasons with knee problems. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images) Oft-injured Miami Heat center Greg Oden played in 23 games, with six starts this season. (Issac Baldizon/Getty Images)

Miami Heat center Greg Oden has been dealing with knee injuries from the time he was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Oden was asked by Grantland' s Mark Titus if he is OK being known as a benchwarmer for the Heat for the rest of his career. Miami signed him last August and he made his first appearance in four years when he played eight minutes in a January game.

"I’m over all of that,” Oden said. “I know I’m one of the biggest busts in NBA history and I know that it’ll only get worse as Kevin Durant continues doing big things … It’s frustrating that my body can’t do what my mind wants it to do sometimes. But worrying or complaining about it isn’t going to fix anything … I wish the circumstances would let me play more, but I certainly don’t regret coming back, and I don’t regret signing with the Heat.”

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Oden, 26, has not played in any of the Heat's six playoff victories this postseason and has played once in the past 15 games. He averaged 2.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in the 23 games he played for the Heat this season.

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