Is Dwayne Wade’s knee condition a serious concern for Miami Heat?

10/2/12 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Miami Heat’s Big Three have never looked this fragile before the start of the season, with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on conditioning training, while Chris Bosh sat out Tuesday’s training camp.
 
However, Chris Bosh downplayed the incident as he sat on the bench.
 
“Just training camp legs, just getting really back, acclimated,” said Chris Bosh on Tuesday.
 
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra also confirmed that Chris Bosh was being held out of training due soreness in his knees.
 
Meanwhile, Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers also sat out Tuesday’s training due to sore quad, while center Joel Anthony missed the third consecutive practice due to hamstring injury.
 
Dwyane Wade seemed to be having a better day going into his second straight day at full training camp following knee (left) surgery on 9th July. Erik Spoelstra had sounded optimistic about Dwyane Wade’s rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery after reviewing his performance at Monday’s training camp.
 
However, the Miami Heat have been sitting quiet on a big chunk of information that reveals Dwyane Wade’s progress after surgery hasn’t played out according to schedule. Dwyane Wade’s projected return was charted over a six week period, but it’s been long since that schedule was scrapped. The beginning of training camp on Saturday marked 11 ½ weeks since Dwyane Wadeunderwent surgery and the Miami Heat are still maintain a cautious approach regarding the 30-year-old’s practices.
 
During a vigorous 11-year NBA career, Dwyane Wade as always put himself out there on the court which has resulted in great wear and tear to the body. But the Miami Heat have jumped on to an aggressive plan to maintain Dwyane Wade’s body on the long haul, as the team prepares to defend its NBA championship title this season. That will undoubtedly mean scheduled breaks, reduced minutes of scrimmage time and a retuned skill set to increase Dwyane Wade’s stay in the NBA scene.
 
And there is no better example of implementation of this strategy concerining Dwyane Wade than the Miami Heat’s preseason opener against the Atlanta Hawks on 7th October. Dwyane Wade has been declared unavailable for that game and that appears to be the case for most of the eight preseason games.
 
"I will try a preseason game. At least one. But it will be more than one,” Dwyane Wade still insisted. “If I keep progressing the way I'm progressing, I will try a few."
 
However, this is the second-time Dwyane Wade has been projected to sit out a complete preseason due to nagging leg issues. In the past four-years, Dwyane Wade’s had surgery twice on his left knee and last season he played through the last two weeks of playoffs with plantar fasciitis, which required the fluid to be drained during the series.
 
 “I understand that it’s a process and I’m going to take that process,” said Dwyane Wade on Friday. “I’ve been here before, guys, so I know what to do. I’ll be all right.”
 
Dwyane Wade brushed-aside concern over is knee issues on Tuesday, stating that he hasn’t experienced swelling in the region since starting training camp.
 
Last week Dwyane Wade sat out midway through Miami Heat’s warm-up practices. Since, Dwyane has been taking part in team workouts during training camp while keeping up the conditioning training in between.
 
"I understand coming off of surgery, no one really knows how you're going to respond to things,” said Dwyane Wade regarding his increased workout. "I just go out and do what my body tells me to do.”
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