While the majority of the Miami Heat organization is currently living it up in China, there’s no doubt that the coaching staff will be wary come Thursday when Dwyane Wade plays in his first game since receiving July 9th knee surgery.
Although the surgery was described as nothing more than a “cleaning”, the rehabilitation process has been lengthy. First predicted as a recovery that would last from 6-8 weeks, the Heat are now past the two month waiting period and may just implement Wade into Thursday’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Clippers, which will be held in Beijing.
The Heat will then travel to Shanghai for another game with the Clippers on Sunday, before returning home to play the Detroit Pistons on Thursday. Following their return to China, only one of their final five preseason games will take place on the road and that lone game is just up the road in Charlotte.
Miami will be looking to mark Thursday’s contest as Wade’s debut, although he will be featured only momentarily as the team would like to gradually work him back into the swing of things. Wade has been working out with the Heat since training camp started and recently ran offensive drills with the team during a recent practice.
The team is coming off a 14-hour flight from Atlanta, so don’t be surprised if they, as well as the Clippers, are lagging a little bit.
This trip to China has been discussed as being a business trip for several Heat players, including Wade who recently left Jordan brand sneakers for the Chinese based Li-Ning brand.
Unfortunately for those expecting the game to be broadcasted on SunSports, you will be disappointed to know the games will only be broadcasted on NBATV, although you will get to hear familiar voices in Tony Fioerentino and Eric Reid commentating. Thursday’s game is set to take place at 7:30 AM, while Sunday’s game will be at 12:30 AM.