Greg Oden reportedly has knees measured for swelling at each workout

Newly signed Miami Heat center Greg Oden has his surgically-repaired knees measured for size and swelling both before and after each workout.

Michael Wallace of ESPN provides a quick glimpse into the work being put in to keep Oden’s knees intact.

The recovery during off days and between workouts for Oden have been just as vital as any of the strides he’s made on the court. Oden said trainers measure the size of his knees before and after each workout to gauge for any swelling. If the results are acceptable, the training staff clears Oden for the next day — and next phase — of work.

Otherwise, his workload is lightened.

A former Ohio State standout and No. 1-overall pick for the Portland Trailblazers, Oden’s career has been hampered by his knees. He has not played in an NBA game since the 2009-10 season. However, he has rehabbed to the point where the Miami Heat have signed him to a free agent contract heading into the 2013-14 campaign.

The Heat, led by LeBron James, managed to win a second consecutive NBA title without much of a scoring presence from the center position.

Oden has the talent to change that, of course, and it looks like the Heat are taking every conceivable precaution to make sure that happens.