Much like prior to the start of the 2010-’11 season, don’t expect too much Dwyane Wade.
Following knee surgery July 9th, Wade is currently described as still not being 100 percent and will need to have his progress monitored throughout the next month leading up to the Miami Heat’s season opener against Boston. The initial idea was for Wade to only need a maximum of six weeks to recover, but his role in the season opener may end up being affected as a result of the knee surgery.
There is currently no timetable for Wade’s eventual return. Wade had surgery on the same knee back in 2008, a few months before he’d end up having the best season of his career.
This year’s training camp and preseason will be utilized more for the players looking to crack the rotation or make the active roster, rather than looking in at how the team will be actually run. For the past two years, the Heat have looked at the regular season as their preseason; utilizing different lineups to find which are the most effective, and sometimes giving efforts and playing lackadaisical enough to remind viewers of the preseason.
This won’t be the first time Wade has missed significant time prior to the start of the regular season. In the ‘Big Three’s’ very first preseason game, Wade hurt himself coming off a screen two minutes in and wouldn’t be seen on the court until the team’s season opener nearly a month later.
Dealing with injuries is nothing new to this Heat team. Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem were lost for most of the 2010-’11 campaign and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were hampered by various ailments throughout last year’s postseason run. It’s safe to say that Miami will persevere through an injury to their second best player that will most likely result in only training camp and preseason time being missed.