Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden said doctors told him he is "on time" in his recovery from a fractured patella in his left knee, the Oregonian reported Sunday.
"We're going at a pace that they've got for me," Oden told the newspaper Saturday. "Things are looking pretty good."
Oden said being "on time" means on schedule to heal, not necessarily that he'll be ready by the start of training camp in October or Portland's season opener against Phoenix on Oct. 26.
Oden has suffered two knee injuries — the first ending his rookie season — and has been limited to just 82 games since the Blazers drafted him No. 1 overall in 2007. The Seattle SuperSonics (now the Oklahoma City Thunder) picked Kevin Durant with the second pick that year.
Oden has been splitting time rehabilitating in Portland and his hometown of Indianapolis, the Oregonian reported.
"I'm excited," he said. "I'm ready for the season to start."
Nuggets' Nene out for FIBAs
Denver Nuggets big man Nene will not play in the FIBA World Championship for Brazil because of inflammation in both legs, FIBA.com reported Sunday.
Nene trained with the team and played in Brazil's 58-56 friendly win over France on Friday, but broke down after just 12 minutes, according to FIBA.com.
Brazil team doctor Carlos Vicente Andreoli said the big man felt pain in his right leg.
"Clinically, he has a muscle strain in the soleus muscle, which requires him to stay still for five to 10 days," Andreoli said. "Given the time needed for recovery, we decided to remove him from the world (team)."
Brazil will play in Group B at the world championships, which includes the United States, Slovenia, Croatia, Iran and Tunisia.